"A cross between "Neuromancer" and Thomas Pynchon's "Vineland." This is no mere hyperbole." -- "San Francisco Bay Guardian."
"Fast-forwarded free-style mall mythology for the 21st Century." -- William Gibson.
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 and "Snow Crash" is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it 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.
"Brilliantly realized... Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow." -- "The New York Times Book Review."
"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." -- "Mondo" 2000.
"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." -- "Locus."
"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." -- Timothy Leary.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - zjordi - LibraryThing
Nice story, very well explained (although the next-future subject tends to boggle your mind) and compelling narrative. Interesting characters and lots of funny action that doesn't leave you indifferent. I look forward to more stories in the same universe. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hskey - LibraryThing
Started out absolutely loving it; the pizza delivery scene was outrageous, hysterical and was a fantastic introduction to the world. Really impressive Stephenson predicted a lot about how we would ... Read full review
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