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Snow Crash Paperback – May 2, 2000
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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.
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In California of the near future, when the U.S. is only a "Burbclave" (city-state), the Mafia is just another franchise chain (CosaNostrastet Pizza, Incorporated) and there are no laws to speak of, Hiro Protagonist follows clues from the Bible, ancient Sumer and high technology to help thwart an attempt to take control of civilization--such as it is. When he logs on to Metaverse, an imaginary place entered via computer, Hiro encounters Juanita Marquez, a "radical" Catholic and computer whiz. She warns him off Snow Crash (a street drug named for computer failure) and gives him a file labeled Babel (as in Tower of Babel). Another friend, sp ok/pk Da5id, who ignores Juanita's warning, computer crashes out of Metaverse into the real world, where he physically collapses. Hiro, Juanita, Y.T. (a freewheeling, skateboard-riding courier) and sundry other Burbclave and franchise power figures see some action on the way to finding out who is behind this bizarre "drug" with ancient roots. Although Stephenson ( Zodiac ) provides more Sumerian culture than the story strictly needs (alternating intense activity with scholarship breaks), his imaginative juxtaposition of ancient and futuristic detail could make this a cult favorite.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was sideswiped by the mental visuals in Snow Crash MP3 Audiobook
And loved the voiceover.
I actually made excuses to get in my car and drive, just to experience this.
I would juice up with NooJuice - All Organic NZT-48. Powerful Nootropic Brain-Boosting Nutrients - which put me in the right space to take it all in (I felt like a character in the story - Maybe Hiro Protagonist's best friend. Or YT's date... or something).
Do it. And the audiobook version is really well done. One of the best VO folks ever.
The main characters are a 30 year-old man, who is apparently the best samurai swordsman in the world, one of the best hackers or software programmers (Stephenson uses the words more or less interchangeably; one must keep in mind that this book was written in 1992), and also a Deliverator, which is a fancy name for a pizza delivery man working for the Mafia, and a 15 year-old girl (very full of “attitude”) that works as a “Kourier” (messengers that deliver packages riding some super high-tech skates). The Mafia apparently controls all the Domino-like pizza-to-go business in the country. The whole setup of the novel should make smile even to the most cantankerous readers.
You've read the synopsis: The book is set in the near future, say 2030 a.d. or so.
The author has a delightful sense of humor and witty prose. The characters are well-developed and like-able. His view of the future is sufficiently dark and yet somewhat plausible. However, his endlessly smug tone and his self-indulgent sense of humor slow the storyline of the book to a veritable crawl.
This book has tones of Umberto Eco's _Foucault's Pendulum_, Gibson's _Neuromancer_, and even some Elmore Leonard in it. The effect would be spectacular if Stephenson was a strong enough author to pull it off. Sadly, he isn't. I will keep my eye on his later books and perhaps future titles... but probably borrow them next time rather than buy.
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Author: Neal Stephenson
One sentence summary: The mafia run pizza company sends swordman hacker to...Read more