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Download Snow Crash Mobi ´ 559 pages ↠ Moneyexpresscard ↠ In reality Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc but in 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 streIn reality Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince Plunging headlong into the enigma o Wow Wow wow wow I had thought that William Gibson’s Neuromancer was the alpha male of the cyberpunk genre; the template upon which all others would be drawn Turns out Gibson was the prophet but Stephenson was the barbarian breaking ground with a riveting relentless new age thriller Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a wild trip A fun conglomerate of Hunter S Thompson Philip K Dick Anthony Burgess and John Brunner written 8 years after Neuromancer and 19 years before Ready Player One this is a bright light on the cyberpunk literary landscape Set in a near alternative future Stephenson introduces a world where governments have collapsed and societies are held loosely together by anarcho capitalism The book was nominated for a Prometheus Award but what could be a libertarian dream may also be seen as a laissez faire nightmare This is a blitzkrieg of ideas a cacophony of sci fi techno socio economic observations a kaleidoscope of theological and philosophical concepts thrown together in a Mark Twainian fantasy hopped up on Red Bull and amphetamines Above all this is an intelligent modern adventure that expertly weaves in elements of pre history and archeological thrill seeking If Bladerunner led to The Matrix then this is what’s next And if Stephenson had not boiled it all together enough into a steaming cup of Have At You then he also has the best name for a lead character of all time Hiro Protagonist A very very Goodread five stars two snaps and a bag of chips 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I freuently think As great a hero as Hiro is the scenes between Raven and YT are those that I recall the most and Raven is a character about whom could be written The casting of Ravinoff by Jason Momoa would be a good one

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Ain 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 Did you ever have a kid at school who tried to appear smart and as the font of all knowledge by catching on to the tail ends of things while listening to adults absorbing some of it and then spouting forth in front of an assembly of kids his or her let's be fair here own regurgitation of what he had heard in the adult uarter which would often make most of the other kids hang on to hisher every word simply because they themselves didn't have a clue what he was talking about?Well with Snow Crash Neal Stephenson is that kid grown up Stephenson latches on to all kinds of ideas and then regurgitates his reductionist lopsided version of them in 'novel' form The effect it had on this reader is similar to what the screeching of chalk on a board does to most people; it set my teeth on edgeThere are so many lopsided half developed ideas with huge holes in logic in them in this novel that I cannot mention them all and remain as brief as I am sure that you dear reader would prefer me to be Most of them pertain to Stephenson's lopsided extrapolation of how a virtual reality world would work and his to me loopy ideas on neurolinguistics ancient history and religions I was ambivalent about his snarky depiction of capitalism taken to the extreme In the Snow Crash world everything is privatised to the point that civil services such as police and prisons are privatised and 'burbclaves' small city states have their own laws and services to the point that America doesn't have federal law any yet there are still Feds The latter institution is highly satirised by Stephenson with regard to the typical bureaucratic yards of red tape and the tech and intel gathering overkill and so on I admit that I found these bits humorous I reckon Stephenson is by their inclusion into a state that has no laws and where the federal government seems merely a token from days gone by saying that the FBI was superfluous to start with in any case hah But the overall effect of the Snow Crash background setting is that of an almost schizophrenic collage of bits and pieces stuck together to create a highly disjunctive worldI enjoyed the action seuences and I very much enjoyed his two female protagonists; slightly less so the male one In this early novel Stephenson shows faint glimmerings of promise His clumsy explanations of the tech aspects of the world is jarring and often nonsensical so the main little points of light lie with the action seuences and the characterization the latter which I found not too bad since many of his stereotypes were slightly rounded than actually stereotypical and many of the characters were relatively believable and even likeable in spite of the clumsiness The hero Hiro or shall I say Hiro Protagonist the protagonist did feel paper thin however like just a another piece of deus ex machina So four stars for the fact that the novel passes the Bechdel test and for having created the eminently likeable character YT But minus a star for the jarring racism and lack of cultural and ethnic sensitivity and minus another star for setting my teeth on edge with his loopy ideas and his lopsided cartoony projections into a future consisting of what feels like a world constructed of cardboard cutoutsAnd minus a virtual star for positing that patriarchal religions are rational than matriarchal ones Oh and pretty important to me is to mention the subtraction of another virtual star for the sex with a fifteen year old girl and her 'relationship' with a mass murderer than twice her ageAdd half a star back for the humorMany people credit Stephenson with being the first person to think of a cyberverse in which humans could participate represented by avatars but by his own admission Lucasfilm with Habitat was there before him ;In fact it might not be an overstatement to say that Stephenson had pretty much gypped his idea off of developers Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar Please be my guest and Google themIn his book The Virtual Community Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier Howard Rheingold writes in Chapter Six In Austin Texas in 1990 at the First Conference on Cyberspace I met the two programmers who created the first large scale multi user commercial virtual playgroundIn their address to the conference and the paper they later published The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat Chip Morningstar and F Randall Farmer recounted their experience as the designers and managers of a virtual community that used computer graphics as well as words to support an online society of tens of thousands Much of that conference in Austin was devoted to discussions of virtual reality environments in which people wear special goggles and gloves to experience the illusion of sensory immersion in the virtual world via three dimensional computer graphics Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar stood out in that high tech crowd because the cyberspace they had created used a very inexpensive home computer often called a toy computer and a cartoonlike two dimensional representation to create their kind of virtual world Farmer and Morningstar had one kind of experience that the 3 D graphics enthusiasts did not have however the system they had designed Habitat had been used by tens of thousands of people Source presented by Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar fascinating thoughts on the internet as a marketplace PS I relented and added a half star for making YT female and such a fun character and subtracted a uarter star for making her blonde then added back a uarter star for the way in which NS made fun of the FBI bureaucracy

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Snow CrashF 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 vill I have a little SAT analogy to help you understand how awesome this book is Snow Crash is to Books as The Matrix is to movies with only the absolute BEST parts of Tron and Da Vinci Code thrown in I'm not talking about all the commercialized Matrix saga and the weird hype I'm talking about the first time you sat in the movie theater and saw that chick in the Matrix spin around in suspended animation and kick the crap out of a bunch of cops and thought What the #%??? COOL That's pretty much how this entire book reads I actually had to add it to my favorites list Can't believe I'd never heard of it before? my thanks for suggesting it ErichI guarantee there is not a sentient male breathing who won't count this among their top 20 at least As for you fellow females if you enjoy a great action romp like I do and I don't mean the stupid dime a dozen shoot em ups we're talking Die Hard IAliensTerminator 2 and aforementioned Matrix caliber here then you'll love it too It has everything Mafia pizza delivery tycoons robot dogs samurai fights brainwashing hackers ancient Sumerian gods hydrogen bombs hallucinogenic drugs punk skateboarders SWEET as JT would sayMy favorite parts Stephenson's out of this world uniue writing style the analogy of hacking into a persons brain using language in the same way people hack into computers using code the amazing action seuences use of the second person youwe to directly connect to the reader the sections written from the robot dog's perspective the use of binary code type language in terms like hacker and harpooning for example the hero can both hack into a computer AND hack your body to pieces with a katana BRILLIANT A couple tiny complaints There wasn't nearly enough of Raven the villain He ranks right under Hannibal Lector and that guy from the movie Serenity to me everything a villain should be a sexy terrifying brute of a nuclear mutant who rips people to pieces with glass knives Also Hiro Protagonist wasn't much of a well hero protagonist He did a little too much research and not uite enough slashing people with his katana for my taste Raven's foil YT stole the show TOTALLY Not like I minded I'm all for a 15 year old skater chick saving the world SWEETRated R for an isolated sex scene medium violence and consistent swearingFAVORITE UOTESUntil a man is twenty five he still thinks every so often that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest mother in the world If I moved to a martial arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge If I got a fatal disease had one year to live devoted it to wiping out street crime Hiro used to feel that way too but then he ran into Raven In a way this is liberating He no longer had to worry about trying to be the baddest mother in the world The position is takenHe turns off the techno in his goggles All it does is confuse him; he stands there reading statistics about his own death even as it's happening to him Very post modernBMW drivers take evasive action at the drop of a hat emulating the drivers in the BMW advertisements this is how they convince themselves they didn't get ripped offInteresting things happen along borders transitions not in the middle where everything is the sameWe've got millions of those Young Mafia types All destined to wear blazers and shuffle papers in suburbia You don't respect those people very much YT because you're young and arrogant But I don't respect them much either because I'm old and wiseThe world is full of power and energy and a person can go far by just skimming off a tiny bit of it