chipkerchner, March 24, 2013 (view all comments by chipkerchner)
I'm asking myself "Why didn't I read this book back in early/mid 90s?" This book is amazing in so many ways. His description of technology is eerily dead on to how we've progressed in the past 25 years. It's both fun and exciting (android life forms, 3D fully immersive internet, skate boarding wonders, heroic pizza deliverers/hackers). While it's mildly dystopic (hyper inflation, private enterprise running what's left of society, unstoppable assassin, floating refugee ship island, mind controlling viruses). Cyberpunk books should "try" to model themselves after this one.
Anna Hernandez, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Anna Hernandez)
The world in this book is bleak but offers a light at the end of the tunnel for our troubled world. "Wait a minute, Juanita. Make up your mind. This Snow Crash thing—is it a virus, a drug, or a religion?"
Juanita shrugs. "What's the difference?"
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Greg McCaskey, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Greg McCaskey)
This is by far one of my favorite books I have read it at least 5 times, There is humor Action and drama enough to keep fans of many types of books Happy I suggest everyone reads it at least once.
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ibkazul, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by ibkazul)
With this book NS became one of the first to meld history,linguistics, math and several kinds of science with futuristic speculation to form the world that we now know is our own.
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Snow Crash is one of my favorites. It's an epic cyber-punk tale that contains elements that are both fantastical and very realistic. The characters are richly imagined, even the villains. It is fast paced and well embellished, containing elements of Sumerian mythology and cryptology combined with very probable future tech and easily plausible events. As with all of Neal Stephenson's books, Snow Crash is dense, entertaining, and thought provoking.
by Los Angeles Reader,
"Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel."
by San Francisco Bay Guardian,
"A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole."
by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer,
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Brilliantly realized....Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow."
by Mondo 2000,
"Snow Crash takes on a whole slew of nasty contemporary trends and extrapolates them hilariously into a pessimistic and unlikely newar future....this is one book to chill out with this summer."
"Stylish noir extrapolation becomes gloriously witty social satire...savor Stephenson's delicious prose and cheerfully impudent wit. Cyberpunk isn't dead — it has just (belatedly) developed a sense of humor."
by Timothy Leary,
"A fantastic, slam-bang-overdrive, supersurrealistic, comic-spooky whirl through a tomorrow that is already happening. Neal Stephenson is intelligent, perceptive, hip and will become a major force in American writing."
First arriving on the scene in 1992 to critical acclaim, this definitive novel of the information age weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between. Stephenson is author of the bestselling Cryptonomicon and The Diamond Age.
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