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Snow Crash
Snow Crash
Author: Neal Stephenson
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 gigathril...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553380958
ISBN-10: 0553380958
Publication Date: 5/2/2000
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 259 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 5
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Helpful Score: 6
Aside from several dry, lengthy passages on reinterpretations of Sumerian mythology, this is a genuinely fun read. Stephenson writes great action scenes, his characters are larger than life, and his ideas leave you with plenty to think about.
Sianeka avatar reviewed Snow Crash on + 114 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Finally, a cyberpunk novel I really liked! Stephenson's story is intelligent and funny, introducing a futuristic America that is warped but believable. An example? Hitchhiking high speed skaters that attach themselves to moving vehicles with metallic/electronic detachable hooks, enabling them to choose a vehicle moving at the speed and in the direction the hiker wants to travel and easily switch over to a new and better 'victim' whenever necessary. And, Stephenson is able to make me care about what happens to his characters. I find that unusually refreshing in such a techno-novel; usually characters in cyberspace stories seem to me to be detached and remote from the reader.

Our hero is named, appropriately enough, Hiro Protagonist, and he has the requisite antisocial coolness and attitude to fit into this genre comfortably yet still manages not to alienate the reader. I could identify and sympathize with his situations and really root for him.

I wish Neal Stephenson would write more adventures of Hiro and his virtual and real worlds.
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Helpful Score: 4
Please read this damn book. Please.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not only is this a really entertaining read, but I was amazed at how well the virtual computer world descriptions hold up, even 16 years after the book was written. A superb job by a very talented writer.
bvilleborn avatar reviewed Snow Crash on + 31 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A little dated in my opinion but great if you're into Cyberpunk. A must read for fans of Gibson or Sterling. Stephenson is a great writer.
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A great sf romp in the future
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Excellent read - virtual reality, Sumerian myth, corporate/city states, the Mafia as a business concern with a pizza delivery empire - and all that as just background to a samurai sword wielding hero named Hiro. Just loved it.
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What a GREAT book. Very fun. Very fast.
doppelbock avatar reviewed Snow Crash on + 5 more book reviews
Excellent book, I can't believe I never got around to reading it until now. Great cyberpunk, I enjoyed it just as much as early William Gibson but Stephenson puts his own spin on the theme to make it distinct from Gibson. Highly recommended, I think that I will keep this one to re-read every few years.
marciamarcia avatar reviewed Snow Crash on + 270 more book reviews
A classic.
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Important SF
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Stephenson is one of the best science fiction authors. An amazing read.

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