Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 1994-10-27
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
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The only relief from the sea of logos is within the well-guarded borders of the Burbclaves. Is it any wonder that most sane folks have forsaken the real world and chosen to live in the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? In a major city, the size of a dozen Manhattans, is a domain of pleasures limited only by the imagination. But now a strange new computer virus called Snow Crash is striking down hackers everywhere, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last best hope.


  • Great story hasn't dated

    By Billy.nomatz
    Good characters and interesting story. Loved it.
  • Snow crash

    By Matthew Chattwood
    Rollicking page-turner with some interesting ideas on the origins and importance of language
  • Exciting book, couldn't put it down

    By Jondreads
    Shame about the typos
  • You can do better, iBooks...

    By Pan_G
    I'd just like to start off by saying - Snow Crash is one of my favourite books, and NS one of my favourite authors. It was really tempting to just instinctively give it a maximum rating. However, I can't give this version of it 5 stars. I have to agree with the previous reviewer that whoever turned it into this electronic copy really didn't do a good job, and there are miss-scans and typos are all over the place. It makes it extremely difficult (and annoying) to read. As the first book I've bought from iBooks, this is really disappointing and really makes me think twice about spending money on more books. I really hope they update this to fix the mistakes, for those of us who have handed over the cash for it. If they do, I'd have no hesitation in giving this book a 5 star review. I would definitely recommend Snow Crash, but do yourself a favour and don't buy this version. Either wait for it to be fixed, or just buy the actual paper book!
  • Typos galore

    By Elsior
    I had to give this book one star. Whilst it starts off very well, the second third of this book jumps into pseudo religous claptrap. I just don't understand why authors of sci-fi and cyberpunk always have to try and tackle religious themes. Neal Stephenson tries to tackle some pretty weighty theological theory, but just ends up coming off as a bit of a loon . Sorry, but I just don't appreciate these sorts of themes in my sci-fi. And yet again, with the final third of the book Mr Stephenson veers off in another direction. By this point the book now seems to be simply a collection of short stories. And whilst I have no problem with books that leave some things to the readers imagination at the end, Stephenson seems to believe in tying up as few loose ends as possible. However, even with all these flaws, I could easily have given this book three stars. Plenty of readers who enjoy the purest of cyberpunk books will be very happy with this book. However, please don't buy it. Because the biggest problem with this book has nothing to do with it's author, but with whoever converted it to electronic format. The main character is called Hiro, but about half of the times you see his name, it is spelt Hire. It wasn't until I saw the word bumed (which isn't an English word) that I realised what had happened. The word should have read burned. This document has been scanned in and whoever did the proof reading had missed an awful lot of mistakes. Such sloppily put together ebooks will not help take up of ebooks. And as I doubt I will ever see a correction of this ebook from the publish, this is why I gave this book one star.