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Zodiac por Neal Stephenson
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Zodiac (original 1988; edição 1995)

por Neal Stephenson

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The second novel from the "hottest science fiction writer in America" and New York Timesbestselling author of Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon (Details).
Meet Sangamon Taylor, a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evilall too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roommate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.

"[Stephenson] captures the nuance and the rhythm of the new world so perfectly that one almost thinks that it is already here." The Washington Post

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Membro:wweisser
Título:Zodiac
Autores:Neal Stephenson
Informação:Spectra (1995), Paperback, 320 pages
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Zodiac por Neal Stephenson (1988)

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    The Voice of the Butterfly por John Nichols (ShelfMonkey)
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    The Windup Girl por Paolo Bacigalupi (CKmtl)
    CKmtl: Fans of one of these works of Ecological SF may enjoy the other.
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    The River Why por David James Duncan (Benbreep)
    Benbreep: Both have environmental themes. Duncan is an even better writer than Stephenson (who is one of my favorite authors). The River Why is not a thriller, but like Stephenson, includes a lot a paragraphs that you want to read over again and appreciate for its craftsmanship. Great to read out loud with a spouse. My favorite novel.… (mais)
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    The Business por Iain Banks (themulhern)
    themulhern: A mystery unfolds, an acerbic and capable protagonist, technology, money and social observations.
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    The Rosetta Man por Claire McCague (quartzite)
    quartzite: Reminded me of early Stephenson, and features a Zodiac at one point. Cmplex story of first contact with a light comedic tone covering some serious science and with strong, smart characters.
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Probably just me on this one... Seemed well enough written, but just too wacky. solid off the wall cracks end up being too much to continue ( )
  acb13adm | Sep 13, 2023 |
Ok, I'm now a died-in-the-wool (whatever that means) Stephenson enthusiast. According to Goodreads, there're 14 editions of this - so it must be popular. Lardy how I HATE liking popular things! Nonetheless, I like it. Yeah, yeah, Stephenson's sortof a cross between Pynchon & Robert Anton Wilson - I reckon w/ some Rudy Rucker tossed in. There's plenty of murder & mayhem in here to suck in yr average thrill-seeker but there's also enuf precocious exposing of ecoactivists being labelled 'terrrorists' by the omnipresent unscrupulous to earn this a high rating. The protaganist is yet-another classic superhero slob - a role model for public-good-minded psychopaths (like myself). Basically, I cd've hardly rooted for him more. Now it's time to get back to LIVING like these characters instead of just getting off on reading about them. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
Only the second Neal Stephenson novel, it does have a bit of the caped crusader, but still a ripping yarn with our protagonist fighting to take down big chemical companies in Boston polluting the bay. A mix of believable interaction and supporting characters with well researched chemical sciency background for the chlorine pollutants, but some real stretches in the biological stuff the bad guys create. Better than I had feared, recommended. ( )
  Matt_B | Jan 15, 2022 |
Interesting story, fast paced. Eco-activism / terrorism - sometimes when systems fail, it really does take concerned citizens to break things open, the system doesn't always work.

Lots of anti-corporate / greedy /irresponsible capitalist tropes. Those are sometimes deserved, but more often not, especially these days - big corporations do more training and take more caution about the slightest of spills than anyone (having worked for several). A small car repair shop is probably responsible for more improperly disposed waste than many multi-national industrial companies.

Don't think the possibility of the story is super credible otherwise, there are some issues with the chemistry on a first glance, but it was entertaining. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Environmental activism that actually makes a difference. That's the core of this book, and it's a great read! You will learn fascinating things. ( )
  donblanco | Jan 4, 2021 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Science Fiction. HTML:

The second novel from the "hottest science fiction writer in America" and New York Timesbestselling author of Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon (Details).
Meet Sangamon Taylor, a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evilall too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roommate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.

"[Stephenson] captures the nuance and the rhythm of the new world so perfectly that one almost thinks that it is already here." The Washington Post

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