Snow Crash

Paperback, 470 pages

English language

Published Sept. 1, 2008 by Bantam Spectra.

ISBN:
9780553380958
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4 stars (66 reviews)

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra 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 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.

23 editions

Snow Crash - Le samourai virtuel

4 stars

Être spécialiste d’un genre littéraire ne laisse pas à l’abri d’avoir de grosses lacunes. Ainsi depuis ma lecture de Neuromancien et de Mona Lisa s’éclate de William Gibson dès leurs sorties françaises en poche, peu de livres dans la catégorie cyberpunk m’avaient échappé. Sauf, et c’est plutôt surprenant, car j’ai lu de nombreux autres titres de l’auteur dont le récent Reamde, Le Samouraï virtuel (Snow Crash) de Neal Stephenson. Erreur réparée ce week-end en tombant totalement par hasard sur un exemplaire passablement abimé dans un vide-grenier. Et là, la critique n’est pas aisée. À la pointe de la modernité à l’époque de son écriture en 1992, le moins qu’on puisse dire est que techniquement, Le Samouraï virtuel a pris un sacré coup de vieux. Le Metavers s’est effondré ou éparpillé façon puzzle à la façon d’un Second Life ou autres mondes virtuels passés de mode depuis l’avènement des réseaux sociaux, …

Fun Introduction To Stephenson

4 stars

The dates are a total guess; (side note: an annoyance I have on BookWyrm right now is that in order to list a book as read, you have to give exact read dates, which I don't track, especially for a book I read roughly 25 years ago). I enjoyed this a great deal; back at that time the techno-libertarian themes of the book appealed to me, 'Hiro Protagonist' was a cute joke, and there was useful social commentary. It was a fun way to explore things that have now come to be.

My Review Of "Snow Crash"

4 stars

Read it ages ago, I think in 1995. The best thing is that the hero is named "Hiro Protagonist" and is a katana-wielding pizza delivery driver. This wasn't as cringe in the 90ies as it is now. Like most CyberPunk classics it has become too uncomfortably real. This book also coined the term "Metaverse" for an escapistic virtual reality. Apparently it is now required reading at Meta. The sumerian Spiel with Enki is quite boring TBH.

Review of 'Snow Crash' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read this book years ago, but just finished reading it again. I really loved almost all of this book. The exposition about ancient Sumer really should have been left out. That would leave the technical premise of the book (the Macguffin, I won't spoil the story) looking a little weak. But I don't think the rest of the story would have suffered much. One of the real joys of the book comes from the characters, Hiro and YT. Even Raven and Uncle Enzo and Ng all add their own color to the story. The other fun part is the hyperbolic extrapolation of America's future, that part is immense fun to read. The premise itself (the virus) was actually fine, it's just the big chapters of exposition that should have been replaced with a three paragraph summary.

The book is great fun, I highly recommend it! When someone starts talking …

Review of 'Snow Crash' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Two problems: the dialog was riddled with stereotypes of people and cultures (couldn't tell if it was intended) and the "young people" talk was more like when grandpa tries to talk "hip". Second, characters tended to act extremely irrationally (probably intended) at times that distracted from story and flow.

Review of 'Snow Crash' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

4.5 stars!

In the early 90s, I was a huge fan of the FASA game Shadowrun. I never managed to actually find a group to play it with, but I consumed sourcebooks and novels greedily. I loved the setting very much. Now that I have read Snow Crash, I am vividly reminded of it, and my love for cyberpunk. I think I will need to read Neuromancer next.

I was slightly taken aback in the beginning, because it's a very different style. Fast-paced, with its own lingo, dropping you right into this world where franchises rule the world, where the Mafia controls pizza deliveries, and where couriers work between the lines on their skateboards. Woven inbetween is the metaverse, the virtual reality that must have been the inspiration for Tad Williams' Otherlands VR.

I loved the characters, above all Y.T. They were all very interesting. It would be a full …

Review of 'Snow Crash' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wonderful mix of mythology, technology and archaeology.
Hacker Hiro Protagonist and courier YT find themselves caught in the biggest mindhack in history... or perhaps rather an attempt at a reversal of same.

Parts about the metaverse and surfing the web feel dated now, while some parts seem almost prescient.

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