Snow Crash Book Reviews

Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Book Summary

Now featuring never-before-seen material, the “brilliantly realized” (The New York Times Book Review) breakthrough novel from visionary author Neal Stephenson, a modern classic that predicted the metaverse and inspired generations of Silicon Valley innovators

Hiro lives in a Los Angeles where franchises line the freeway as far as the eye can see. The only relief from the sea of logos is within the autonomous city-states, where law-abiding citizens don’t dare leave their mansions.

Hiro delivers pizza to the mansions for a living, defending his pies from marauders when necessary with a matched set of samurai swords. His home is a shared 20 X 30 U-Stor-It. He spends most of his time goggled in to the Metaverse, where his avatar is legendary.

But in the club known as The Black Sun, his fellow hackers are being felled by a weird new drug called Snow Crash that reduces them to nothing more than a jittering cloud of bad digital karma (and IRL, a vegetative state).

Investigating the Infocalypse leads Hiro all the way back to the beginning of language itself, with roots in an ancient Sumerian priesthood. He’ll be joined by Y.T., a fearless teenaged skateboard courier. Together, they must race to stop a shadowy virtual villain hell-bent on world domination.

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Book Name Snow Crash
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Language English
E-Book Size 12.43 MB

Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) Book Reviews 2023

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Snow Crash. Classic Neal Stephenson wit and an uproarious ride through a future that seems close enough to taste. I devour everything he writes, then I wait a while and read it again! Our best modern novelist.

Great, and yet not his greatest. I like Neal Stephenson’s writing a lot. He does a great job of digginf into contemporary ideas and stretching them just a bit (in this case, into the future) to achieve some fun and intelligent entertainment. He does someting similar in Cryptonomicon (also recommended) and Anathem (his best, as far as I’m concerned). His dramatization of history (Baroque Cycle, Mongoliad) is also top notch. Snow Crash is a “virtual reality” type of novel in the sense that some of the critical action occurs in a virtual world. It is more compelling than other such novels (notably Neuromancer) because the technical framework is believable (and, in fact, only a slight extrapolation from the technology at the time this book was written — two decades ago — and almost within reach today). Another core idea of the novel revolves around the notion of the human brain as a computational device… and that is worked out well too (without trying to explain too much).

Funny, clever, and exciting. All in all this book is not only full of gripping and intense action, but it has a clever story sure to keep you invested. This book is essential for anyone interested is sci-fi stories

Can’t Read it. I can’t change the justification for this book from full-jusitification to left-justification, and I physically can’t read it because of that. I really wish I could.

Snow Crash. The book was interesting. My only problem with Neal Stephenson's books is that he leaves large plot holes and introduces complex relationships and then tosses them as if they aren't important to the story. It is as if he wants to create a "freaky ride" but never knows how to finish the story. Maybe this is one book out of a series and I missed it. But this book takes a lot of patience.

Cell walls. I can forgive a lot, but I just don't understand how a SCIENCE fiction book can screw up the basic components of cell biology. Plants cells have cell walls. Humans cells do not. I'm pretty sure that's 6th grade life science. Interesting dystopian world otherwise. Perhaps this is our deregulated future.

Excellent Ideas. This book was quite fun, silly, and informative. The author dives into the basic concepts of language and how that parallels to our current understanding of computer science. There are references to ancient sumarian concepts, and exciting ideas about how the future of humanity will play out. All in all a terrific read

A Trip. Not quite the cult classic some think this novel is. There are some good ideas and the story moves quickly, but I found it a little disorganized in spots. Definitely worth reading however, more for it's uniqueness than anything else.

Visionary. “Metaverse, an imaginary place entered via computer “. This written more than 30 years ago when the Internet was in its infancy. I’m 68 years old and I remember the first time logging on…it was a miracle. Many of his ideas became reality.

Legendary. This is the book. That is all.

Worth the hype. This book is worth the hype.

Fun fast-paced read. Really cool story, draws you in and goes fast. I highly recommend it if you like fantasy or sci-fi.

Interesting dystopian vision. This was an interesting dystopian vision as viewed from the 1990s. I'm sure this book had some effect on Zuckerberg's vision for the Metaverse. An interesting read with some plot holes, and a difficult connection between technology and ancient Sumerian.

First Stephenson book you should read. Neal Stephenson’s writing style isn’t for everyone. “Snow Crash” is the best book for you to sample and decide if Stephenson is your kind of author. It doesn’t have nearly as many of his signature excesses and tangents as his other books. That’s usually the hangup that people have with his writing style. As such, Snow Crash is a fast paced, fun ride with a good taste of things to come if you keep reading his works. Stephenson didn’t learn how to write a good denouement until his novel “Anathem”; expect a finale that is terse and possibly leaves you wanting a little more. Despite its quirks, I love this novel and have reread it a few times. If you enjoy “Snow Crash” I recommend “Diamond Age” as an immediate follow up.

Review from an ancient perspective. Few of the concepts that are the foundation of our real and current use of tech existed when this book was printed and released. In 1992, the only people using the internet at all were building it. I have a print copy of the first email I received in 1992…from researchers in Antarctica. Mosaic was just a thought, and Netscape and Google were inventing spiders. I can’t emphasize how much this book influenced all that followed. Especially the relationship to hardwired language. It’s interesting to read comments from people who are likely approaching their 40’s, who can’t see why nerds like me recognized the info on language as the key to many puzzles unsolved at the time. I bless Stephenson’s ability to create an entire cosmos that became real because he shared it, and it was good.

The Cyberpunk Novel. Ahh I now feel much more cultured after reading this lol

Amazing Read & Inspiration. Book holds up well and would enjoy a sequel to this universe.

classic. While some of the ideas in this book will seem dated, many have actually been invented! Great action packed novel that feels like a sci-fi movie. I'm keeping my paper back copy for my kids to read one day. This book got me reading again in highschool after a long time. I would recommend this to anyone who hates reading or has a subborn youth who doesn't enjoy reading.

waste of time lol. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this was written by some self inserting weeb on tumblr or Twitter. The author wastes your time with info dumps and focusing on things that will never be important or brought up again. Which is why I was like “what…THATS IT?” When I realized I read the last page. I give it two stars for characters and humor. Though at some point the comedy just disappears. Even though it wasted my time, I don’t regret reading it. Just wish I didn’t buy it. I had to force myself to keep reading at 50% of the way and double secret force myself at 77%.

issues of current times not foreseeable almost 20 years ago when the book was written.. Very imaginative with great character development and unexpected twists. Theories on ancient languages and direct input brain short circuiting add a very bizarre mysticism. Recent disregard for law and order, unchecked immigration/invasion and power hungry technocrats carried to ultimate outcomes.

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Very, very good! "Snow Crash" is a must read!. My title says it all.

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Summary of Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Snow Crash book written by Neal Stephenson was published on 01 May 1992, Friday in the Sci-Fi & Fantasy category. A total of 1,257 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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