Snow Crash (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction - 403 pages
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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  cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the  information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers  pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it  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.
  

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loved the pace and the writing. - Goodreads
Vry difficult to read in places. - Goodreads
Good villians, fun depiction of an alternate future. - Goodreads
Wooden characters, choppy prose and present tense. - Goodreads
Plot moved exceedingly slow but overall great stuff! - Goodreads
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Great start, great world but gets really slow in the middle. Chapters after chapter feel like a history lecture on linguistics. This really hurt the flow of the story and felt forced at best. Also ... Read full review

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I needed to take a break from some of the heavier subject matter I've been reading about and wanted a pulpy, fun sci fi book to entertain me. This one did the job really well! A futuristic cyberscape ... Read full review

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Neal Stephenson, the science fiction author, was born on October 31, 1959 in Maryland. He graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. It received little attention and stayed out of print until Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001. His second novel was Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller was published in 1988, but it was his novel Snow Crash (1992) that brought him popularity. It fused memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology. Neal Stephenson has won several awards: Hugo for Best Novel for The Diamond Age (1996), the Arthur C. Clark for Best Novel for Quicksilver (2004), and the Prometheus Award for Best Novel for The System of the World (2005). He recently completed the The Baroque Cycle Trilogy, a series of historical novels. It consists of eight books and was originally published in three volumes and Reamde. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Stephenson also writes under the pseudonym Stephen Bury.

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