Snow Crash

Stephenson, Neal

Paperback - 1992
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Snow Crash
Random House, Inc.
One of Time magazine's 100 all-time best English-language novels.

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 andSnow 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 gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in 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.

Baker & Taylor
In twenty-first-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.

& Taylor

Weaving contemporary imagery with Sumerian myths and virtual reality, this fast-paced novel of life in the near-future information age offers a hip vision of what's right around the corner in cyberspace. Reprint.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, c1992
ISBN: 055308853X
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI S
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 23 cm.


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Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A very stylized piece, the first few chapters read as though they were written by the characters themselves, though in third person. The writing style seems to be intentionally jarring, making for an interesting read. This is not my genre of choice, but I don't regret reading it. I have to say though, the author's note was my favorite part.

Aug 24, 2013
  • GeoffAbel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Firstly, Neal Stephenson is The Man. This, being one of his early books, is not nearly as polished and pro as Crypto, Silver, Ana....but it is damn fine and an absolute gas. It's not for everyone and his method for expounding the Sumerian info is a bit ham-handed. But give it a shot!

Jun 29, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

There is mediocre, and then there is submediocre, and Stephenson has always defined the latter category of "submediocrity"! He once wrote an excellent article on world wide cabling/communications (where he appeared to profile Cable & Wireless, but even then gave a skimpy portrayal of them). SF just isn't his bag!

Apr 18, 2013

One of my favorites growing up, this novel predicted so much about the evolution of the internet.

Apr 15, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not my typical read, but had some good bones in story/idea, however syntax and writing just rubbed me the wrong way and could never really get into the story or the characters. Futuristic dystopian America with technology conundrums that face reality and the Metaverse to save itself.

Sep 16, 2012
  • gstark123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was formative in the computing world.

Before virtual worlds, before social networking, before web browsers, there was Snowcrash.

Not only a fun ride/red, some concepts from the book later became cliches... others actually came to be.

Aug 13, 2012

Very clever! Although very witty and tongue-in-cheek throughout, I found the virus metaphor woven into the narrative to be fascinating, but also a little dry at time. Maybe I was looking for a fluffier book, which says something about me? Still highly recommended.

Aug 01, 2012
  • jinzhong rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hard to get into. Not as fun to read as his other books. Still very interesting ideas of language and me and enki, and their analogy in computer languages.

Dec 20, 2011
  • kendra88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You can't blame a book for stereotyping--without the stereotyping, the book would not get the message across half as effectively. I was not offended by the (at times) obnoxious remarks--I actually found the sarcastic narration hilarious. This book is about so many things and has so many themes, some of which are involving the marketplace and post-capitalism and post-nationalism. The theme that most appealed to me was Hiro's identity confusion and the search for his identity, the need for something specific, certain, and tangible. I think this book is talking about the bidirectional dependency of the virtual (the Metaverse) and the real.

Sep 20, 2011
  • bibliophage91 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book at the beginning and carried through on that momentum to the end. In particular the beginning couple of dozen pages were fantastic. You are literally dumped into Hiro’s world and you have to catch up with the goal of his current mission. Is he a ninja? Other sort of assassin? or… pizza guy?

On the other hand, if you read the central device as described in the wikipedia article, it sounds ludicrous. I didn’t want to pay too much attention to the gizmos, and instead just read along enjoyed the voice.

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