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am 5. Oktober 2017
While the book had cool ideas about VR, a meta verse and neurolinguistic programming (and its relation to software) it lacked the depth and the reasoning a good book needs. Undeveloped characters, events that are off shoots and offer no development, and seemingly unmotivated choices made me pause several times due to.. well, a lack of wanting to continue. Would have gained massively with more editing resources.
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am 22. Februar 2015
Neal Stephenson hat ein gutes Händchen dafür, in seinen Romanen auch Wissen zu vermitteln. In Snow Crash ist das weniger der Fall, dafür hat das Buch mehr Wumms :-D Über Stilblüten wie Schwertkampf im Internet muss man dann halt hinweg sehen.
Insgesamt sehr lesenwert aber nicht so unglaublich gut wie das Cryptonomicon oder The Diamond Age.
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am 10. September 2017
Amazing read for the sci-fi folk, keeps you well entertained and always lusting for more and more pages. Worth my money.
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am 9. April 1997
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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am 16. Dezember 2014
One of my most favorite cyberpunk novels. I like it even more than the classical Neuromancer (the three books). It is short, it has very interesting characters, and it's story is a nice connection of the future to the past.

If you like Blade Runner and Neuromancer, you should read this one, too. And if you never read a cyberpunk novel before, you could also give it a try, maybe it can draw your interest for the genre. With such a rad novel you can't make so much wrong.
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am 30. Mai 2000
Snow Crash is an exciting novel, with a great premise and an interesting story line. Technological descriptions are vivid and original; I especially like the futuristic wheels used by both Y.T. and Hiro P.
However, this book suffers from a chronologically fragmented beginning, two plotlines which are horrendously slapped together, and a general sense of being on shaky ground throughout. Stephenson's bleak outlook on the future is not the problem here; the problem is that the plotline is so fractured and out of joint that the tale suffers greatly. I wound up being annoyed because whenever things got good with one character, the other main character would bludgeoun his/her way in and ruin the plot. It seems as if Stephenson or his editor wrote the manuscript, cut it up between random paragraphs, threw all the pieces in the air, and then reassembled with no thought for continuity or flow.
I love the plot itself. References to Ancient Near Eastern religion and modern computer technology usually don't mix well, but Stephenson can and does make it work. The fragmented and fractured plotline, however, is more a distraction than a successful device. Perhaps a second or third read will improve the experience; here's hoping this is so.
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am 22. Januar 1998
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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am 6. Juli 1999
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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am 7. Mai 1998
Entertainment, what can I say? Information, religion, chaos, violence and humour, I found this book refreshing and overall an excellent read. Gibson is cool but as angst filled as an ugly adolescent and it was a pleasure to read a cyberpunk novel that was not filled with self-absorbed rhetoric on the dark future of humankind, but rather made fun of our own existance and beliefs. Not scientifically accurate? Well this IS fiction! Not religiously or archaelogically accurate? Religion is based on myths and fables anyway, Christianity more than most having been constantly edited in its brief history, and archaeology is largely the opinions of a select few academics. I loved the Librarians "lecture", regardless of the opinions of those who claimed it as boring!
Enjoy your reading, buy it and devour it! Like Carl Hiassen, I love to find an author who can let the reader have some fun. :o)
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am 9. Dezember 1999
So, over a decade ago I read Neuromancer, and I'm enthralled. At the time, I was a 13year old BBS geek moving into the internet (this is before gopher, and long before the WWW!). Neuromancer stuck out as being amazing. I loved the style and the concept of dark SF. Ahead 5 years, and I finally buy Count Zero and Mona Lisa OD. I realize I still love the entire concept, more now than ever, since I see how absolutely real its becoming. However, I never ventured past Gibson, as the "Mirrorshades" anthology pretty much told me that most other 'cyberpunk' authours bored me to tears. 5 more years, and someone recommends that I read Snowcrash. I also happened to find it the next day on a used rack. I bought it, read it, and hated it. Absolutely WORTHLESS. The plot was boring. The characters lifeless and stupid (I'm still reeling from how ridiculous it was to make the main character a katana-wielding wonderboy named 'Hiro Protagonist' -this isn't ground breaking, kids, its stupid). Skateboard kids who act as flippant, ultra cool couriers? Please. These are the sorts of things I'd have written as that snot-nosed 13yr old in an attempt to parrot Gibson. Then there's the constant Sumerian "plot" that keeps getting beaten over our heads (Gibson had voodoo, so I guess he needs something even more esoteric.. and unlike Gibson leaving us to figure it out, we get it all in MINDNUMBING MINUTAE). Yes, I'm glad you know more about that than I do, now shut up already, Neal. The whole religion thing with the boats, however, always struck me as somewhat interesting. I find it even more funny now that I've learned all about L Ron Hubbard's dead alien cult (scientology, see [...] and I need to go back to further apprechiate this aspect of the sarcasm. Really, the only thing about this book at all that appealed to me was the opening about pizza delivery, and pizza in the future, and I figure that's because I managed a delivery store at the time and could almost relate.
Skip this one, unless you're some sort of self-describe "hacker" or other, similar, techno-buzzword.
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