Snow Crash

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction
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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
I don't feel like rehashing the plot. - Goodreads
Prescient insight into online connectedness. - Goodreads
Strong beginning, interesting premise. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Foutastic - Goodreads

Brilliant. Loved it. Towards the end of the book, I struggle with the Tarantino-Esq blood and gore. I can suspend reality for the plot, but not for the physical things the characters do. Still. Recommend. Love. Read full review

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User Review  - Alan Reynolds - Goodreads

Incredibly good read and a gift from Kley. Neal Stephenson is so good a thinker and writer (does Joel like him?) that summarising a book of his (Snow Crash is about miniature nation states and pizza delivery people and virtual reality) is impossible and degrading to all concerned. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

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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