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Neal Stephenson : Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)

Author: Neal Stephenson
Title: Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Date: 2000-05-02
ISBN: 0553380958
Publisher: Spectra
Weight: 0.6 pounds
Size: 0.96 x 5.16 x 8.24 inches
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One of Time magazine's 100 all-time best English-language novels.

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 CosoNostra 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. Review
From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.

Reviews: Kevin Zimmerman (USA: CA) (2006/09/02):
Neal Stephenson couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag with a chainsaw. This book is awful.

Mikko Saari (Finland) (2006/09/06):
Brilliant book! The plot is simply ingenious, an otherworldly mix of elements. Stephenson's writing is excellent and his sense of humour sharp. Highly recommended for fans of intelligent scifi.

Frostek (United Kingdom) (2006/09/18):
Excellent. The writing style is a little quirky in places, but overall the storyline is fascinating, the characters are intriguing,and there are plenty of cool tech toys for those of you who like that sort of thing.

Kate (USA: OR) (2007/02/03):
I find Neal Stephenson to be one of the most pathetic and despicable science fiction writers ever. Come on now, inventing viral marketing in 1996 (or so)? Don't you mean marketers invented it in 1920?

But in all seriousness, his cyberpunk futures are unoriginal, smug, and incredibly poorly plotted. That said I have read several of his books. Perhaps reading just one could be a pleasant experience (and I would reccommend either this or Neuromancer).

Bertilak de Hautdesert (USA: PA) (2007/07/02):
Once I realized the protagonist's name was Hiro Protagonist I put the book down and never picked it up again. Odd, because I think The Diamond Age and Cryptonomicon are wonderful.

Astarlia (Australia) (2008/02/02):
I didn't think I would need to review this book since it's so universally loved but I'm so surpised that it got such bad reviews from others :(

Stephsons writing style is brilliant, when he is writing about the 'cooler' side of sci-fi. He gets a bit bogged down in the technical stuff, but you can just skim through that if it's not what your interested in.

The worlds he has created are somewhat predictable - but only because he extropolates his society from what ours is like now - and thinks about a milion tiny details that most people would never have considered.

And sure, the main characters name is hiro protagonist - but do you really deny the author his bit of fun? Hiro and his antogonist raven are too of the coolest characters i have ever read about - and i strongly encourage you to read this book.

Also if you are interested you can check out my full review of this at

alm (USA: CO) (2008/02/28):
The main character's name (Hiro Protagonist) turned me off at the start, as did the main-girl-character's name (YT, or Yours Truly). Once I got past the naming quirks, however, I found myself enjoying the story. It isn't the most original cyberpunk novel ever, but it's entertaining and thought-provoking overall.

miketrestman (USA: CA) (2009/01/25):
great book. well written, classic sci-fi adventure story

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