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Second only to The Diamond Age. An excellent book.

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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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One of those books that made a genre (cyber-punk I believe it was called) and transcends it. Interesting to see how applications like google earth came out of this book.

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One of the great technothrillers, Snow Crash is also one of Stephenson's early greats. Protagonist is human, interesting, and intelligent, and the underlying theme of language as a hack sticks with you.

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This was one strange book. The plot would become confusing and twisted at times. I found myslef just skipping over acronyms just because they became to be more of a nusiance as you progress into the story. The setting and theme do create a pretty interesting story. The strange future of America, an almost Back to the Future II world when they go back to 1985 the first time and Biff runs everything. I felt like I was reading something from the minds of the creator of Ghost in the Shell.
However I did not like the books take on the whole speaking in tounges thing. Trying to say it was an old inherant ability from mesopotamia. When it began to really get into that I began to lose interest. If it hadn't distorted that and made it into some false thing I would have liked this a bit more.
 

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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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Wild futuristic view of society beyond governments with a Metaverse of interconnected computer power. Often paired with Neuromancer, but much more fun and easier to read. Re-read 4/07. Still great, but not as eye opening as Diamond Age.

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A fun read; less pretentious than William Gibson's stuff.

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Great book and coolest pizza delivery ever. Just gets bogged down a bit when the Librarian comes out. Read full review


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