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Snow Crash | [Neal Stephenson]

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.
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Publisher's Summary

Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison - a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.


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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amazon Customer U.S. of A. 08-28-13
    Amazon Customer U.S. of A. 08-28-13 Member Since 2007

    justBoB

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    "Socrates, Neal Stephenson is not."

    I tried to enjoy this book, I really did.

    But the author spent so much of the book explaining his theories to the reader, and he did so in a manor as though the reader merely had the attention span or IQ of a gnat. This was one of those books where you felt that either the author just didn't think his reader could be smart enough to understand such high-tech lingo or that he was out to show the reader just how much smarter and cleverer he was; when the author should have concerned himself more with telling the actual, and preferably coherent, story. The book feels as though it was nothing more than originally a modest short-story/idea injected with a hyperbole of lectures in modern/future science (real or imagined). By the time I was half-way through, I began to wonder if the author was trying to be the next L Ron Hubbard and indoctrinate his readers into some sort of new religion that only he was smart enough to understand. What with all the amount of time explaining his theory instead of telling the story. At times, the book even read more like a reference manual than a novel.

    Perhaps a minor kudos to Stephenson for envisioning the metaverse back in 1992. But even then virtual-reality was not that novel of a concept... The Neuromancer, The Lawnmower Man, and even Nintendo's Virtual Boy was on the sci-fi radar.

    In the end, this book read more like an over-soaked diatribe than any good novel, and I was just unable to be entertained, enthralled, or captivated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "good sci fi"

    liked it. well worth your time. filler: dhshshs ddhdh nvkjv kfwl iwdifjwh whqf lq

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Did I miss something? This was awful!"

    This was the first book that I quit on. I was excited to read more from the author after finishing Reamde, which I thought was excellent. I just don't get the positive reviews. This was like a plot from a high school kids creative writing paper. A future where a samurai sword carrying pizza delivery guy will die if he delivers a pizza late. Really? Maybe it got better but I just couldn't get past how childish the early story lines were. I kept waiting for there be some revelation - like that this was a high school teacher reading a paper or that this was a written plan for a video game. Just sad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 11-01-12
    Carol 11-01-12
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    "Enjoyable techno"
    What made the experience of listening to Snow Crash the most enjoyable?

    Took a while to catch on that we were in a post apocalyptic technoverse - good story. I found the readings and exchanges between the character and the librarian a bit boring, overly long and they didn't further the story. Still - a good listen. No comparison to Daniel Suarez's novels though.


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    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 02-20-12
    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but not quite to expectations"

    This was a good book, but it didn't live up to the reviews I had heard. I found it a bit slow at first. In the end, there are some interesting ideas to ponder, but I had hoped for better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Fife 10-17-08
    Milton Fife 10-17-08 Listener Since 2005

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    "Unusual"

    Very sci-fi and not what I expected, although it was just compelling enough that I had to see the outcome. Probably won't read this author again, not my style. Found it difficult to stay with at times.

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    and-bee 02-18-06
    and-bee 02-18-06
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    "Ok"

    Okay, but Diamond Age is much better.

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    Arthur 06-06-05
    Arthur 06-06-05
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    "A Fun, Entertaining Book"

    This was a fun read (or rather, a fun listen.) The writing style is refreshing, the dialogue is great and the characters are interesting. There are plenty of funny moments in the book and except for a single, somewhat slow scene, the story is well-paced and exciting. Also, if you're an avid online-video game player (or MMORPG player, to those in the know,) you'll appreciate Snow Crash's Metaverse, which is very simmilar to an existing online game called Second Life which shares the same basic building and land ownership features, as well as complete avatar customization. There wasn't a lot in the way of character development or relationships but overall, Snow crash was an entertaining book worth the purchase.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 07-11-04
    Carolyn 07-11-04
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    I just could not get this book. It was very confusing and I drifted away through most of it. I love long books, but this one just was not good.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03 Listener Since 2002

    MatschMomma

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    "Great"

    I agree with others: the story is odd, but great. Sometimes difficult to distinguish between the real and computer world in the story, but it adds to the enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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