- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (2 June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241953189
- ISBN-13: 978-0241953181
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Snow Crash Paperback – 2 Jun 2011
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Stephenson excels in marrying geekspeak with riotous action (Guardian)
A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
Brilliantly realized. Stephenson [is] an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow (The New York Times)
A fantastic, slam-bang-overdrive, supersurrealistic, comic-spooky whirl through a tomorrow that is already happening. Stephenson is intelligent, perceptive, hip (Timothy Leary)
Like a Pynchon novel with the brakes removed (Washington Post)
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'A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole' San Francisco Bay Guardian
After the Internet, what came next?
Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person behind the avatar. Snow Crash bleeds into reality.
Which is really bad news for Hiro - freelance hacker and the Metaverse's best swordfighter (he wrote the code) - and Y. T. - skateboard kourier, street imp and mouthy teenage girl - because reality was shitty enough before someone started messing with it . . .
Exploring linguistics, religion, computer science, politics, philosophy, cryptography and the future of pizza delivery, Snow Crash is a riveting, brake-neck adventure into the fast-approaching future.
'Brilliantly realized. Stephenson [is] an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow' New York Times Book Review
'A fantastic, slam-bang-overdrive, supersurrealistic, comic-spooky whirl through a tomorrow that is already happening. Stephenson is intelligent, perceptive, hip' Timothy Leary
'Like a Pynchon novel with the brakes removed' Washington Post
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The book is set in futuristic America, where everything is owned by private companies. In this world everything is for rent – the army, the police, the highway’s, everything except for pizza delivery business because it’s monopolized by the mafias.
Story revolves around Hiro – the pizza delivery boy and last of the freelance hackers and world’s greatest sword fighter in metaverse (he wrote the code) as well as in real world. He happens to be the only guy who standing between metaverse and a dangerous ancient virus called ‘Snow Crash’.
As with other Stephenson books, this books ending was little disappointing, was expecting one or more chapter’s to conclude the story apart from this I liked this book a lot. The research and technical details covered in this book are accurate except for few details here and there but we need to keep in mind that this book was written around 1988 before the internet craze and the contents in this book are way ahead of the time when it was written/published. The research done on historical & philosophical content in this book are real amazing, specially the content on Sumerian mythology and culture.
One more amazing thing about this book is the way Stephenson ‘re-engineered’ the Sumerian legends to fit into the story line is really ingenious. I read and re-read few chapter in this book and I deliberately slow down My reading to process more data, so if you are looking for something light and simple read – then this isn’t it. this book is thought-provoking though this book is published a decade ago. at certain point while reading this book, you will definitely think ‘what the/how the hell this guy come up with this?’, overall an amazing and thought provoking read. if you are sci-fi/cyber punk fan then this book is for you!
This book was written around mid 90's, and the ideas on the virtual worlds, breakdown of countries ( for that matter society itself to an extent) is very vividly specified here.
Neal's narrative is a bit different and would require the reader to stick with it for a while for you appreciate it. He usually follows 2 or more narratives simultaneously (in Cryptonomicon, it was 3 and spanning multiple generations also) ....
But once you are comfortable with it, the book is absolutely spell-bounding!!! You cannot put it down !!!
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