In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosaNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about Infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous...you'll recognize it immediately.
©1992 Neal Stephenson; (P)2001 Audible, Inc.
"Brilliantly realized...Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
This book left me scratching my head. The ideas are so illogical that it was hard to keep listening. The ending wasn't very logical or historically accurate.
The one thing it has going for it is: never before thought of ideas.
(Language = Virus) WTF? ...dumb.
After seemingly interminable hours of techno babble I'm sending this one back. I appreciate the speculation, but this is more than I can handle. I enjoyed Seveneves, not this.
So good I would sit in my car to finish chapters.
Good fun action, fascinating philosophy and history, well thought out interesting futuristic technology and society.
A must read namshub of the first order. You'll never look at the world the same after grocking this masterpiece of cyberpunk science fiction.
Good story that was well narrated. . .but I feel like Neal couldn't make up his mind about how over the top he wanted to be. I am glad he dialed back down (mostly) after the Deliverator loses his job and kept most of that noise in the metaverse because it's hard to take seriously in meatspace. At least self-lampooning the over the top opening would have made Hiro more relatable despite his silly surname name. Or do the whole book in honest Marvel style. I didn't expect to like YT, but I did. Fido deserved better and I felt cheated by the vague resolution between Enzo and Raven. A decent take with weak bookends, I guess. Not "teh awsum" cyberpunk I was led to expect.
This was my second attempt at a Neal Stephenson novel and I think yet again his writting style struggles to captivate me in anyway. I found myself struggling to finish Snow Crash while not caring at all about any of the characters. I understood what was happening but nothing seemed to really matter. There were however parts that stood out as interesting, but it quickly fell flat again as more and more of the same information was fed, lending nothing useful to the story or reader.
Many have given this book high ratings (along with Seveneves (the other Neal Stephenson book I referred to above) and you may as well thoroughly enjoy each of these books, but if you're like me you'll have a difficult time getting through them.
if you remember the Internet before there was a web, the future as seen in Snow Crash, published in 1994, will give you an interesting look at the future from that time. the action, adventure, Engineering, fantasy, humor, sex, and technology should be enough to keep you interested for this very long book.
this world is absolute in style. nothing beats this. samurai ninja pizza delivery man, mobster bosses, memetic hazards, robot dogs so fast they can't be seen. this is.... without equal is it's insanity.
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