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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tired of Gibson (not Debbie) Clones? Check out Snow Crash!
I thought that I'd used up the cyberpunk genre. Every bookI've picked up in the past year is about a strung out so-and-solooking for one last fix, or one last cybernetic implant, or looking to pull off that one great cyber-heist. I thought that we'd become a mass of Gibson clones.

Then I read Snow Crash.

From Cosa Nostra Pizza to personal nuclear...
Am 9. April 1997 veröffentlicht

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking action + erratic pacing = disappointment
While reading Snow Crash, I wasn't sure whether I was reading a satirical view of the near-future, where mafia-run pizza franchises and New Hong Kong burbclaves take the place of government, or a serious cyber-historical thriller about an ancient Sumerian linguistic virus being used to conquer the planet. Stephenson's pacing swings wildly and disconcertingly, from...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tired of Gibson (not Debbie) Clones? Check out Snow Crash!, 9. April 1997
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I thought that I'd used up the cyberpunk genre. Every bookI've picked up in the past year is about a strung out so-and-solooking for one last fix, or one last cybernetic implant, or looking to pull off that one great cyber-heist. I thought that we'd become a mass of Gibson clones.

Then I read Snow Crash.

From Cosa Nostra Pizza to personal nuclear devices to *ahem* "butt pirates," Stephenson creates his world out of the throw-away jokes and put-downs of our own. The result is that Stephenson's isn't a far-flung future...it's what's right around the corner, it's what we're going to be calling home.

Snow Crash is a brilliant blend of tounge-in-cheek humor, authorial self-awareness (never mind that the main character is called Hiro Protagonist!), and hard edge science fiction. Stephenson's characters, while starting out as cultural cliche's--the skate punk, the godfather--turn out to be people that you care about and, in some way, can identify with.

Granted, for Stephenson fans (or those of you that have read at least one other of his novels), the plot and shape of Snow Crash will be quite predictable, the names have only been changed to protect the innocent. But, that can't change the fact that Stephenson delivers a top notch performance with more car chases, online intriuge, random violence, freaky antagonists, Sumerian myth, "nice doggies," and punk humor than you can shake a katana at.

For those of you looking for the next leve of cyberpunk, put down that applesauce...you've got it right here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr spannender Cyberpunk-Klassiker, 21. Oktober 2003
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Hiro Protagonist, laut seiner Visitenkarte "der weltbeste Schwertkämpfer", wohnt zusammen mit einem Trash-Metal-Gitarristen in einem Lagercontainer. Er arbeitet als Turbo-Pizza-Ausfahrer und eine Art Informationssammler. Außerdem hat er das "Metaverse" mit erschaffen - die VR-Welt, in der sich alles und jeder tummelt.
Doch dann geschehen böse Dinge: Eine Droge mit dem Namen "Snow Crash" taucht auf - und treibt einen der Metaverse-Mitgründer in den Wahnsinn. Snow Crash scheint mehr als eine Droge zu sein - sie ist auch Religion, Computervirus und biologischer Virus ... Hiro hat es auf einmal mit ganz anderen Gefahren als nur halb kalten Pizzen zu tun.
Neal Stephenson hat mit "Snow Crash" einen der Cyberpunk-Klassiker erschaffen, der von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite spannend ist. Viele auch für den IT-Bereich wegweisende Ideen sind in das Buch mit eingeflossen - unter anderem hat sich die im VR-Bereich tätige Firma "Black Sun" nach der "Blaxxun" aus dem Roman benannt. Nur die für Stephenson-Romane übliche viele Gewalt wäre nicht wirklich nötig gewesen. Trotzdem sehr sehr lesenswert!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking action + erratic pacing = disappointment, 6. Juli 1999
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While reading Snow Crash, I wasn't sure whether I was reading a satirical view of the near-future, where mafia-run pizza franchises and New Hong Kong burbclaves take the place of government, or a serious cyber-historical thriller about an ancient Sumerian linguistic virus being used to conquer the planet. Stephenson's pacing swings wildly and disconcertingly, from breakneck speed during chase scenes, to inexplicable lulls while characters float in life rafts for days at a time, to painfully tedious passages (entire chapters) devoted to a computerized librarian's history lectures. None of the characters are well-realized, their relationships are arbitrary and trivial, and the technology varies from very-near-future (slow, unrealistic, unreliable, shared VR universes) to far-future (nuclear-powered cybernetic guard dogs that run at 700 kph). The first third of the book is exciting, fun, and gripping; the middle third is overwhelmingly dull and tedious; and the final third is confusing and rushed, with a sudden and unsatisfying conclusion. I would not recommend this book, particularly not to someone new to the cyberpunk genre, lest they get the wrong impression and shun talented authors like William Gibson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen High octane Rambunctiousness!, 28. Juni 1998
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It's been a while since I read this book, but I now feel compelled to add my .02 (so I slack a bit). Stephenson's vision is compelling - so much so that this book has memed itself into the tech-culture that ultimately will be our everything <Smack> (end of seriousness)
Bam! Wakes you up by throwing a red hot pizza into your unit and slapping you silly. Deliver that pizza or it's your a**! Today this work reads like a dictionary of all that is cool: #Mafia-pizza #Babylonian memes #Motorcycle tac-nuke #Floating city-state #Katana neckslices #Hypervelocity pitbull #Brainfry cyberdrug #Smartwheel skateboard #Monomolecular bumpersticker - Put those in your book.
Snowcrash isn't a novel, its a hyperguide to better living. The Dick and Jane for our times. See Dick write code and wear a deck. I'm still reeling from this mind bomb. Dang, i've been memed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, extremely funny, technologically sophisticated, 22. Januar 1998
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One of the problems I often have when reading a book with central themes like "cyberspace" and Artifical Intelligence is that very often the writer's lack of a core understanding of present technology doesn't allow him to plausibly predict it's probable evolution. In disagreement with a recent posting that stated that he "gets most of the technology wrong," I'd like to state that as a programmer and network engineer I was more impressed by this book in terms of technological realism than by any book of its type that I can recall. I have no idea what Neal Stephenson did for a living before he wrote, but if it wasn't programming, networking or computer engineering, he's studied it well or has friends who've coached him well. He never once used a plot deviced that seemed impossible or illogical, which is very rare indeed. This is in stark contrast to Gibson's Neuromancer, which although it entertained me, did not show in it's writing style that the writer had any underlying understanding of the functioning of a computer. In fact, Gibson can be forgiven for his lack of technological sophistication only because of the fact that his work was so ground-breaking for the time at which it was written. (Gibson has admitted he never even owned a PC or worked with a computer until after that book was written). This book has great satiric wit, and lies within the definition of "hard sf". A great combination in my book. It was so enjoyable and memorable I have to give it a 10.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good ideas, but surpassed by time, 5. Januar 2002
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The author sets the novel "Snow Crash" into a future scenario, where the governmental system has crashed and people live in franchises that have the same look all over the country. Protection is given not by the police, but by the Mafia or any other employer. Unfortunately, there is no explanation what led to this scenario and once again, an American author forgets to think about the rest of the world outside North America.
The first 200 pages of the book are pretty slowly paced. It didn't quite catch my attention until the second half of the book, where the story gets more action-oriented and something actually happens. I found this set-up for the story being too lengthy. One star off for this.
The second star off comes from the fact that the author has taken some technological and political developments, extrapolated them into the future and exaggerated them. He forgot about plausibility and working out the details. The novel is a product of its time. Many of the things described in the book were probably science-fictiony in the early ninetys, but they look outdated today. Wearable computers, all-accesible information, computer viruses, the Internet - it's common technology today. Therefore, I didn't get many new ideas reading this book in December 2001.
On the other hand, the author has collected a lot of historical information about the Sumerian and other cultures. Around these archeological findings, he builds the center of the story, which is about neuro-linguistic programming and a virus that can contaminate the operating system of the human brain. Great idea and very well done right into the tiniest detail. I liked that.
Overall, it was not sensational, but nevertheless an entertaining read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, 6. Februar 2013
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A really nice book by Neal Stephenson. [why do I need to write 13 more words? I don't understand it]
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An imaginative book sure to entertain., 27. Juli 2000
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Neal Stephenson has written an entertaining novel whose thought-provoking ideas are matched only by its eclectic cast of characters. Focusing on the idea of knowledge and the dissemination of knowledge through computer technology, the basic premise of Snow Crash is that of the protagonist (named Hiro Protagonist, no less) and his young partner, Y.T. (Yours Truly, which she wouldn't bother to tell you unless it was in the form of a sarcastic remark), thwarting an intended infocalypse with a little help from the Mafia and some other unusual allies. Along the way, the reader is given a good look at a future that may not be so far away: one dominated by computer technology and paralleled by a virtual reality that might question exactly what constitutes reality, and private franchises which rule in the place of governments. Stephenson has a flair for vivid description of a world just strange enough to be innovative and intriguing, yet familiar enough that we can see its basis very firmly rooted in our own. Despite the outlandish nature of both Snow Crash's characters and setting, basic principles are the same: there is the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak, those who survive and those who do not; the difference between the two is that of information.
However, despite all these assets, Snow Crash is little more than light entertainment. The lofty ideas which Stephenson explores in his book seem to be beyond his firm comprehension, and discussions of Babel, Sumerian myth and other archaeological finds are dry and arcane, detracting from an otherwise vibrant and fast-paced plot. Almost all relevant information about the technical aspects of Snow Crash is revealed in the form of cryptic dialogue between Hiro and a computer-generated librarian, discussions that sound more like encyclopedia recitations than believable (or understandable) dialogue. I found myself glossing over these portions of the book without any real effect on my understanding of the plot; in the end it still comes out to the same thing: the bad guys have a dangerous weapon, and the good guys have to stop them. The details about Sumer and the fall of man are interesting, but not portrayed in a form that lends itself to any quick grasp of ideas that can be retained after the book is done. However, for those willing to take the time to read and reread a fourth time, Stephenson poses some interesting ideas to ponder.
The characters in Snow Crash never leave the reader a moment to rest from the excitement they provide. Outrageous events happen one after another, and the calm manner in which they face everything from kidnapping and murder to the possibility of destruction of society and the world as they know it provides a great deal of amusement and curiosity about what they might do next. However, despite a plot that hurtles itself ever forward and drags the reader along, forced to either keep up or drop along the way, I found the ending both disappointing and deflating. Hiro and Y.T. save the world, of course, but then Hiro just drops out of the story altogether and Y.T. appears to transform from a rebellious and wild Kourier into mommy's little girl for little other reason than to provide some kind of ending. I would have liked at least for some kind of epilogue, if not a totally different ending altogether. In reading the last few pages, it seemed that Stephenson rushes to tie up all the loose ends of the story in any way possible - any way possible often equating to dull, bland, and unsuitable when compared to other parts of the book. After such a well-written novel containing such interesting characters and a world whose details must be read to be believed, I was hugely disappointed by the conclusion to say the least. However, Stephenson does tell an interesting tale and has great potential; his best work is yet to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book must be read...., 7. Juli 2000
...by anyone interested in religion, pizza, fast cars, faster skate boards & the evil machinations of corporate merger-land. Oh, and the harmful effects of software viruses on physical, mental, emotional & socioeconomical infrastructure of humanity.
Neal Stephenson, I'm not sure if you (via prescience) consciously hit every relevant Millenial topic smack on its head when Snow Crash was first released in '93...or if you were simply writing a swift romp through an alternative future world for amusement only.
Snow Crash works several ways. It satisfies the hunger of a science fiction fan. It addresses the historical impact of technology, spam-marketing, Brand recognition & our sick pursuit of organized & punitive religions. It is sweet and hopeful and has a noble sense of Honor as "pilotfish" through the ugly morass of the ALL-CAPITALISM--ALL-THE-TIME future that we are always on the very brink of creating.
Thanks, Neal. I haven't reread a book so much since Harlan Ellison wrote, "A Boy & His Dog."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cultural satire that became too true too quickly, 28. Juni 2000
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This is probably my favorite book ever. Every year Stephenson's biting satire of American culture becomes funnier and more relevant. Reading his vision of sprawling, congested future driven by fast communication and business franchising gone awry one quickly sees that Stephenson is not trying to predict the future, but to scewer the present.
Written in 1992, before Starbucks ruled the world and e-commerce was a buzz word, Stephenson's vision has become closer and closer to a reality.
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