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)
I had been meaning to read "Snow Crash" along with the (much) earlier Cyberpunk progenitor "Neuromancer". While I cannot say I found either to be flawlessly engrossing, I must recommend beginning a foray into the Cyberpunk/Post Cyberpunk field with "Neuromancer".
Certain of the central metaphysical presuppositions upon which "Snow Crash" is founded were simply too far outside of my own philosophical world view for me to not feel distracted during some of the lengthy expositional soliloquies towards the climax.
That being said, the action was intense and well depicted, so the novel fluctuates' heavily between pronounced intellectualism and hyper-adrenal intensity. A more fluid blending of the two would have made for a stronger narrative, but ultimately I have no regrets in absorbing the story to hand.
After listening in on SevenEves, was excited to explore this author's early works. The reviews were all about Snow Crash and its uber-excitement, when in fact it really was random, slow and sorry Neal, bad. Can't undo bad. First Audible title I just didn't care what happened and didn't finish. So pizza delivery speeds are our future dystopia? Yes see the irony and the commentary, but it's just dumb. Oh and by the way, don't need 70's analog synthesizer white noise effects for transitions - I kind of get when chapters begin when the narrator says: "Chapter 14."
Usually I listen to audiobooks for the flexibility - so I can listen while driving, for example. The performance by Jonathan Davis is masterful and represents the rare case where the audio version is superior - enhanced to the point where even if I was sitting at home on the couch with time to read, the audio version would still be superior.
Oh yeah - the story is absolutely riveting. Funny, clever, engaging, interesting characters (amplified by Mr. Davis' performance), and prescient (was written in 1991).
Love the book- the full between chapters was a bit much. Would still recommend. Enjoy.
i just couldn't handle an imagining of the future in which the Internet isn't available. That, and bad writing.
Yep. Seveneves was great and I'll try others.
Pure escapism with some interesting theories. Nice story line with a bit of sci Fi, pseudo religious ideas and action shoot 'em up.
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