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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the added pleasures of the success of Stephenson's recent books (Cryptonomicon, etc.) is this better-late-than-never audio version of his third (and arguably best) novel, which continues to be a paperback bestseller. Snow Crash (1992), which helped earn the word "cyberpunk" a place in history, is set in the not-too-distant future where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the U.S. is a vast, mall-like patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and young Hiro Protagonist (yes, that's the hero protagonist's name) uses his computer game wizardry and pizza delivering skills to combat a deadly new designer drug (and computer virus) called Snow Crash. Actor/writer Davis is the ideal choice for bringing Stephenson's crackling, poetic language to life, and the author-approved abridgement sacrifices none of his hilariously skewed, eminently believable vision a stew of concepts from Sumerian myth to Japanese anime of the commercially sponsored fate that sits waiting in a giant shopping mall, coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Based on the Bantam Doubleday Dell paperback.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
Great setting, well-thought-out premise, it just wasn't about the characters so much as what was unfolding around the characters. The world and plot were the characters.Published 1 day ago by The Ploogle
Not nearly as entertaining or as well written as his later works. However, if you want to see the bridge between Gibson's "Cyberspace" / "Cyberpunk" work and what... Read morePublished 1 day ago by MP
Still Stephenson's best work IMO. Probably because it is a more approachable book being that it is not 10million pages long and due to the fact that it ends at a high point. Read morePublished 5 days ago by ~Pitts
Oh my god, what a horrible book. A very geeky book written by someone who doesn't know a single thing about technology, combined with horrible writing style, ridiculous character... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jace Priester
Just writing a review so that when I get recommendations for other books that I might like they don't base it on this one. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Heather W
My headline is a summary of all I am feeling, having finished an intense ride with Hiro, Y.T., Enzo, Raven and Rife. Too bad Da5id wasn't here to celebrate the smash-up ending. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jim DeMauro
Great read wish it had more tech stuff..... Just picked up a newer book of his and am excited to read.....Published 12 days ago by Mike