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A reread. I'd forgotten how wonderful this book -- originally conceived as a graphic novel, and still crammed with propulsive action and incredible images -- is. Stephenson's vision of a fully-franchised future outdoes David Foster Wallace's brand-fest Infinite Jest, and his marriage of Sumerian mythology and deep-structure linguistics to a presciently visionary cyber-future (he popularized the term 'avatar' for personal online representations) makes for an intellectual and literary tour de force. Shouldn't have surprised me given how much I love (and have frequently reread) his later novels, but I'm happy to have revisited this one. 

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Il romanzo che, scritto nel 1992, ha anticipato Second Life creata ne 2003. Dalla scheda del sito della bur:
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In un'America futuribile, dove l'economia capitalistica è saltata e il governo ha
demandato a privati i suoi poteri, "Snow crash" è un virus informatico capace d'intaccare anche il cervello degli hacker. Uno di questi è Hiro Protagonist, che è anche spadaccino ed ex fattorino-lampo di pizze. Oltre a Hiro, indagano sul virus la sua ragazza, un bizzarro reverendo, un bibliotecario, un capo mercenario, un capomafia... Ma il vero protagonista è il Metaverso, rete mondiale in fibra ottica attraverso la quale la diffusione del virus sarà rapidissima. Il XXI secolo nella fantasia bizzarra, ma anche profetica, di un tecno-giallo dell'informazione.
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User Review  - Margaret Taylor - Goodreads

It's an odd experience to read a work of science fiction written before 1994 or so. These writers went to the wildest reaches of their imaginations to show us a vision of the future, and these visions ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Check out our book pitch on why you should read this. At The Marvelous Reading Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSRdU... Read full review

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User Review  - Ming Lu - Goodreads

Reading for OC Social Nerds Read full review

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User Review  - Mary-elizabeth - Goodreads

Roller coaster. Give yourself two days. Read full review

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User Review  - Bill Kuykendall - Goodreads

I liked it. Read full review

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User Review  - Ross - Goodreads

Loved it. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Amazed by the world predicted in 1992. Unfortunately an amusing and masterful ownership of the English language does not a great story make. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Very fun book. I enjoyed the later "Diamond Age" a bit more, but this was very engaging, well plotted and thought provoking. Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" is gonna be up on deck soon. Read full review


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