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Although Stephenson credits the hard-boiled detective novels of James Crumley as the spiritual spark plug for this antic thriller, these adventures of an ultrahip sleuth who tracks ecological crooks owe more to the comic iconoclasm of Richard Farina and William Kotzwinkle—and the immature campus high jinks of Stephenson's own The Big U (1984)—than to Crumley's knowing, semitragic ironies ... Read full review

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Neil Stephenson has matured as a writer, and it didn't take much effort to realize that this book predates Snow Crash, but is obviously better than The Big U, at least according to the impression I get of his first book. Still, as a Stephenson aficionado I feel obligated to read all his works, starting from the earliest, so The Big U it is. (It's a good thing I’m not an Isaac Asimov aficionado.)
Next book I read, I'm going to keep a stack of Post-It-Notes handy so that I can tag and later list out all the typos I find. Because Zodiac sure was full of them. The writing style decayed a bit towards the last several chapters. I have no complaints about the story, though, as implausible as it may seem, which would have (and still would) make a great movie.

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