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READ PDF é Snow Crash ì 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 First published in 1992, Snow Crash is considered one of the seminal cyber punk novels I wasn t even sure what that meant when I picked it up I plucked it from the stacks at the used bookstore with the vague feeling this was one of those classics I m supposed to have read For once, the inside voice was right this was a book I didn t want to miss.The opening scene of a mad cap pizza delivery quickly draws the reader in Hiro Protagonist cringe , thirty year old hacker, chronically unsuited fo First published in 1992, Snow Crash is considered one of the seminal cyber punk novels I wasn t even sure what that meant when I picked it up I plucked it from the stacks at the used bookstore with the vague feeling this was one of those classics I m supposed to have read For once, the inside voice was right this was a book I didn t want to miss.The opening scene of a mad cap pizza delivery quickly draws the reader in Hiro Protagonist cringe , thirty year old hacker, chronically unsuited for the career track, has now found his longest term employment delivering pizzas for the Mafia, who now run pizza chains along withdubious enterprises He s racing against the clock, trying to get the pizza delivered so Uncle Enzo, spokesman and Don, doesn t have to apologize and give up a whole wad of cash His delivery credentials get him through most of the gated suburbs, but a short cut lands him in deep water Thankfully, a skateboarder who was hitching a lift using a special skater harpoon takes pity on him and completes the delivery with seconds to spare Her actions bring her to the attention of Uncle Enzo Hiro s actions, unfortunately cost him his job, but it isn t long before his genius ex girlfriend recruits him to find a virus that s wiping computers clean and hackers minds.That s just the first few pages It goes on to involve a shared computer simulation, religious evangelicals, an ear destroying rock concert, a sociopath on a motorcycle, a fusion powered attack dog and a floating raft like armada.Three and a half static y stars Unfortunately, my windy and critical review will have to be continued someplace permanent, where it won t be deleted.Find it at Disliking this book seemed quite impossible After all, it had all the necessary ingredients the pervasive air of nerdy geekiness or, perhaps, geeky nerdiness , an unexpected take on linguistics, a kick ass female character, a parallel virtual reality, a hefty helping of admittedly, overexaggerated satire, and just enough wacky improbable worldbuilding to satisfy my book loving soul Or so it seemed.But awesome ingredients do not always add up to a satisfying dish as my horrible cook sel Disliking this book seemed quite impossible After all, it had all the necessary ingredients the pervasive air of nerdy geekiness or, perhaps, geeky nerdiness , an unexpected take on linguistics, a kick ass female character, a parallel virtual reality, a hefty helping of admittedly, overexaggerated satire, and just enough wacky improbable worldbuilding to satisfy my book loving soul Or so it seemed.But awesome ingredients do not always add up to a satisfying dish as my horrible cook self knows much too well Remember Friends episode where Rachel tries to make English trifle for Thanksgiving desert, but because of a couple pages unfortunately sticking together ends up making half English trifle and half the shepherd s pie Joey was baffled that the rest of the gang found the dish unpalatableI mean, what s not to like Custard, good Jam, good Meat, goodI did NOT come to this book with an open mind I came to it infinitely biased in its favor, ready to love it to pieces, prepared to find in it the same irresistible allure that so many of my Goodreads friends appreciated Alas, after the first few pages my good natured amusement gave way to irritated frustration, then to impatience, and eventually, as the book was nearing its final pages, my feelings changed to dreaded passionless indifference akin to the emotions stirred by a disclaimer on the back of a pill packet.It is very disappointing when a book leaves you indifferent after hundreds of pages spent with the characters and the plotlines especially when it is a book with such immense potential as Snow Crash had based on all the reviews and snippets I have seen, with all the ingredients for an amazing sci fi adventure I listed aboveWe are all susceptible to the pull of viral ideas Like mass hysteria Or a tune that gets into your head that you keep humming all day until you spread it to someone else Jokes Urban legends Crackpot religions Marxism No matter how smart we get, there is always this deep irrational part that makes us potential hosts for self replicating informationHere s a glimpse of the plot, as much as I can listlessly muster Hiro Protagonist, our hero and protagonist cleverly annoying or annoyingly clever, I m not quite sure is a hacker in a future completely corporatized and fractured by consumerism America He delivers pizza for the Mafia franchise by day and in his spare time hangs around Metaverse, a computer based simulated reality where he is a sword fighting badass with a juicy piece of expensive virtual real estate and important friends To those having trouble picturing this, think of The Matrix as compared to the gloomy existence outside of it Y T is his sidekick, a Kourier with a healthy dose of vital spunk and kindness to animals that just may result in the most spectacular payback at the most crucial moment Uncle Enzo is the head of the Mafia franchise, and does not like late pizza deliveries he has his reasons As for the antagonists, we have L Ron Hubbard L Bob Rife, a computer magnate and a leader of a questionable religion the Feds that have lost their power but retained their bureaucracy and enigmatic Raven, equipped with a motorcycle, a few deadly spears and another weapon that earns himrespect from the authorities that that a few small nations get.And then there s the titular Snow CrashThis Snow Crash thing is it a virus, a drug, or a religion Juanita shrugs What s the differenceSounds awesome, doesn t it To me, the concept of Snow Crash initially evoked the memories of Delany s Babel 17, a book that I loved for all it s strangeness and far fetchedness and irresistible pull into the blend of linguistics and sci fi But then Snow Crash , having barely taken off, disappointingly crashed Pun very much intended.Maybe this had something to do with the clumsily thrown in heaps of infodump, painfully interrupting already shaky and unsteady narrative, adding tons of poorly placed and far fetched exposition which it mistakes for layers of complexity, basking in self importance while being needlessly silly and, frankly, needless Maybe it was the sheer number of complex plot threads that weaves complexity but ended up going nowhere, with few admittedly, memorable exceptions.Maybe it was what I can only perceive as casual racism so pervasive in descriptions of most ethnic characters and entire groups featured in this novel, so present in every casually thrown stereotype Intentional or not, it was unpleasantly grating.Maybe it was the lack of dimension in Stephenson s characters Hiro appears to be created as an embodiment of a teenage computer whiz s dreams, not developing in the slightest throughout the novel, only acquiringandbadassery in the throwaway why not sloppy manner Y.T., despite her awesomeness , behaving in a strangely robotic fashion Raven and Uncle Enzo, frustratingly underdeveloped Juanita, whose character could have been interesting, appears to exist solely as potential mate for Hiro The only times I felt any connection to the characters were the appearances of the robotic dog, and I am not even a dog person Y.T., while being far from an excellent character, was at least a ray of grumpy sunshine in the otherwise grey landscape of this novel She has spunk and heart and confidence that is engaging and does not strike fakes notes that often She made me almost care, and for this I appreciate her character If only the rest if the book had the same spiritMaybe it was the inability to interweave the plot threads into a coherent storyline, to create a bigger whole out of separate parts The ideas are there, the concepts are there what s missing is cohesiveness able to pull them together, untangle them and weave a net captivating the readers brains and imagination Without this cohesiveness, even the wildest and most daring ideas like Stephenson s unconventional approach to viruses, for instance remain disjointed, underdeveloped, unfinished, unpolished, like the refugee Raft in his novel, made of heaps of refuse clumped together trying to make a whole but failing at it.Honestly, I can t help but see how this book would have worked so much better in a graphic format, being it a comic book like, apparently, it was initially envisioned or a film the action scenes would have looked splendid while the awkwardness of language with overused frequently clumsy metaphors and the jarring present tense which really doesn t work for this story would have been cast aside Yes, I am very disappointed at my disappointment with this book I wish I had the ability to overlook its flaws, but the indifference I felt when reading it precluded me from caring enough to let its good moments overshadow the bad 2 stars, one for the robot doggy and another for Y.T who occasionally made me almost care Wow Wow, wow, wow I had thought that William Gibson s Neuromancer was the alpha male of the cyberpunk genre the template upon which all others would be drawn Turns out, Gibson was the prophet, but Stephenson was the barbarian, breaking ground with a riveting, relentless new age thriller Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a wild trip A fun conglomerate of Hunter S Thompson, Philip K Dick, Anthony Burgess and John Brunner, written 8 years after Neuromancer and 19 years before Ready Player On Wow Wow, wow, wow I had thought that William Gibson s Neuromancer was the alpha male of the cyberpunk genre the template upon which all others would be drawn Turns out, Gibson was the prophet, but Stephenson was the barbarian, breaking ground with a riveting, relentless new age thriller Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a wild trip A fun conglomerate of Hunter S Thompson, Philip K Dick, Anthony Burgess and John Brunner, written 8 years after Neuromancer and 19 years before Ready Player One this is a bright light on the cyberpunk literary landscape Set in a near alternative future, Stephenson introduces a world where governments have collapsed and societies are held loosely together by anarcho capitalism The book was nominated for a Prometheus Award but what could be a libertarian dream may also be seen as a laissez faire nightmare This is a blitzkrieg of ideas, a cacophony of sci fi, techno socio economic observations, a kaleidoscope of theological and philosophical concepts thrown together in a Mark Twainian fantasy hopped up on Red Bull and amphetamines Above all this is an intelligent, modern adventure that expertly weaves in elements of pre history and archeological thrill seeking If Bladerunner led to The Matrix, then this is what s next And, if Stephenson had not boiled it all together enough into a steaming cup of Have At You , then he also has the best name for a lead character of all time Hiro Protagonist A very, very Goodread, five stars, two snaps and a bag of chips 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think As great a hero as Hiro is, the scenes between Raven and YT are those that I recall the most and Raven is a character about whomcould be written The casting of Ravinoff by Jason Momoa would be a good one Cyberpunk s next generation pretty much began here Written by someone who unlike William Gibson actually knows computers, this anime in novel form is one of those rare SF books that is read by many non SF readers On a personal note, this is probably the only book I ll ever read whose main character is half black and half Japanese, just like me When I first read it, I was working at a pizza place, just like the protagonist, and I actually got fired around the same time I got to the point of Cyberpunk s next generation pretty much began here Written by someone who unlike William Gibson actually knows computers, this anime in novel form is one of those rare SF books that is read by many non SF readers On a personal note, this is probably the only book I ll ever read whose main character is half black and half Japanese, just like me When I first read it, I was working at a pizza place, just like the protagonist, and I actually got fired around the same time I got to the point of him losing his job as well Also, my first name is Hiroshi and he goes by Hiro Cool, huh OK, aside from those neat little coincidences, we are not at all alike It just made reading it all thefun for me Plus I hated that job.Admittedly, there are certain aspects of this book that are a tad dated now it was written in 1991 , and he can t quite get past certain stereotypes of Japanese people that many Westerners harbor Still, there is some fun bit of social commentary and parody on just about every other page, and Stephenson satirizes globalization years before most people even knew what globalization is There is also some really fascinating stuff involving the concept of memetic viruses, which he ties to Sumerian mythology and the Tower of Babel I know that a lot of people find this part of the book to be boring, but I was fully engrossed The kind of thing I live for when I read SF