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S later books and its fun And A Bit Weird But a bit weird but nowhere near as fun as Snow Crash or Diamond Age a bit weird but its nowhere near as fun as Snow Crash or Diamond Age the weirdness doesn t approach some of the stuff in Anathem The nding ties things up neatly that he does in his other books And that neatness left me feeling a bit flat I ve always been a bit dissatisfied with Stephenson s ndings xcept for the Baroue trilogy which has a few amazing and perfect Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems endings And here thending was probably right in some sense but I still didn t feel particularly satisfied This time because it seemed too patWhat I really liked seeing here was Stephenson s geekiness Darth Vader suits Star Trek analogies *Comparisons Between Chemical Plants And Mordor Then * between chemical plants and Mordor Then was the fun of having a hyper aware Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework environmentalist who seems to rival Hunter Thompson in drug consumption Nitrous Oxide LSD shrooms speed And there were somentertaining but very brief digressions and infodumps here the sort of thing that become the meat of the later fatter books All in all I took this as Stephenson Lite It was fun and I m glad I read it This book is a thriller a detective story with science lots of chemistry in fact but it isn t uite a science fiction novel Neal Stephenson has created a memorable main character Sangamon Taylor a chemist and Angels Whiskey ecology activist Themphasis is on the activist He lives in Boston and gets around mostly on his zodiac a small fast boat He is always on the lookout for polluting waste products being dumped by factories into the waterways of Boston Of course he is not on the good side of the chemical companies that do the dumping He is constantly being stalked and occasionally mugged or kidnapped or However Sangamon is a very clever fellow He has to be clever since he was invented by Neal Stephenson He is very Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities enterprising and has a big mouth though he is usually tactful He knows how tovade his nemies usually And he knows that sometimes offense is the best defense You just can t go wrong with a book by Stephenson While Sangamon is vading and investigating the bad guys his good natured witticisms permeate the dialogues And you can Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between even learn some chemistry by osmosis from this book as it isverywhere an important character in its own rightI didn t read this book I listened to the audiobook narrated rather well by Ax Norman If not for the voice of Sangamon Taylor Neal Stephenson s Zodiac would have been a relatively okay The Day Christ Was Born eco thriller but the book isn t just the voice of Sangamon Taylor it IS Sangamon Taylor and once again Stephenson s ability to create compelling leading men think Hiro Protagonist in Snow Crash makes one of his books superior to the pulp it was inspired bySangamon Taylor is Boston Harbor s very own Toxic Avenger Working for GEE a thinly veiled fictional Greenpeace ST spends his days testing the waters in his Zodiac so that he can trace the waste dumping of Boston s big bad corporations He s already got two corporation kills on the side of his boat and he s going for the kill that will make him an ace ST declares himself to be an asshole I do it for a living and he is to somextent He hangs up on a cranky old cancer victim he strings along Debbie the girl he loves and runs away from any chance of commitment with assiduity he regularly partakes of any drug that doesn t break Sangamon s Principle of Simple Compounds and 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set even a few that do he s foul mouthed cynical andgotistical But the very fact that he knows he s an asshole and is the one to admit all of these flaws to his audience suggests that he really isn t and that little twist makes all the bad bits of ST The Seventh Witch enjoyable than they should be and all of the good bits positivelyntertaining Or maybe there s just so much of me in the slightly overweight Big Mac munching bike riding drugged up hypocritical invirinmentalist that I have no alternative but to like him Whatever the motivation ST is likable and that likability allows Stephenson to do one important thing with Zodiac that other And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake eco thriller writers cannot make the issues secondary Eco thrillers tend to be terminally preachy particularly those written in the last twenty or thirty years You open to page one see the soapbox and spend the rest of the book reading a nevernding speechifying guilt trip But Zodiac lets Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America entertainment be the thing and if you develop an increased sense of moral outrage at real world toxic dumping corporations then so be itFinally here s one warning to those who may be fooled by Stephenson s body of work Zodiac is at best Sci Fi lite But it isn t reallyven that If you re looking for his Sci Fi work look The Pocket Wife elsewhere If you are looking for Stephenson having fun however and writing so that you can have fun Zodiac is the book for you Sangamon Taylor just might be the love of my life and as far as I m concerned the fa. A non profitnvironmental group as his weapons S T chases down the bad guys with James Bond like Zen Cruising Boston Harbor with lab tests and scuba gear S T rides in with the The Color of Our Sky ecosystem cavalry on his 40 horsepower Zodiac raft His job of tracking down poisonous runoff andmbarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes. Zodiac is described as an co thriller which about sums it actually It certainly is a thriller I read all 290 or so pages in one long night gripped up actually certainly is a thriller I read all 290 or so pages in one long night gripped the outset The hero of the story is a chemist working for GEE a direct action nvironmental organisation in its Boston branch He s out to get the companies dumping toxic waste into the harbour and the rivers and canals that feed into it He has three company logos on the bows of his inflatable RAFT WITH ITS OVER SIZE OUTBOARD MOTOR CAPABLE OF with its over size outboard motor capable of it fly None of those companies is trading any Now he s gunning for his fourth but the opposition start gunning for him literally and some of that opposition are criminal Families not criminal Corporations The man on a crusade has a big mystery Obsession enemies than he can figure out reasons for a neglected girl friend a freak show of friends a knowledge of chemistry his wits and a Zodiac boat This turns out to be plenty to drive this taught pacy funny and occassionally unpredictable novel forward but at thend one uestion is left unaswered what does our non violent Cabaret: A Roman Riddle eco warrior want To protect the auaticco system or bash big corporations I haven t had this much fun since Metzger s Dog I wonder if Chinese Gordon and Sangamon Taylor are related somehow A uirky scientistToxic James Bond for the nvironmental group G International cruises Boston harbor in his Zodiac boat looking for chemical hot spots When he finds on that mysteriously disappears again he is on a search that puts his career in danger and then puts his life in dangerMore science based adventure thriller than science fiction it is still a fun little romp through the Hub of the Universe and my old stomping groundFulfills several possibilities on my St Mary s County Library Summer Reading Challenge bingo board Fulfills part of several Seasonal Reading Challenge tasks primarily Task 2510 BellaGBear s Task OLD LOVE AND NEW LOVE Another book towards my goal of Read All The Books 2017 Edition A New Hope Zodiac is the first book I ve read by Neal Stephenson an author I see mentioned fairly often often with mixed reviews My own reaction to this particular book is a little mixed The title Zodiac refers to a type of motorized raft the characters used The story is set in Boston and is told from the first person perspective of a character who tries to catch publicize and prevent corporations from dumping toxic chemicals into the Boston Harbor Naturally the big powerful corporation people aren t happy and don t take his interference lying down The book is probably better classified as a Thriller than as Science Fiction There was at least one small science fiction lement but for the most part it seemed ntirely based on technology and scientific knowledge from the 1980 s when the book was published There s a decent amount of science usually xplained well All Roads Lead Home enough for the layman to understand and I never felt like I was reading infodumps I learned some things and I liked that On the other hand the story itself just wasn t that appealing to me Since the book is story driven than character driven it was hard to be toonthusiastic about it if I wasn t nthusiastic about the story itself I liked the main character well nough but I never felt attached and I didn t feel much interest in the other characters at all As far as ntertainment level this was pretty middle of the road for me There were parts when I did feel ager to learn what would happen next but mostly I didn t feel any compulsion to keep reading when I had other things to do Fortunately this was a pretty short book If it had been stretched out into a longer book I might have had trouble making it to the The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis end Anxtraordinarily fun book Stephenson meshes hardboiled crime with the pacing of a thriller and he populates the book with his typical nerdy witty humor It s not so much a sci fi book as it is a thriller with a lot of hard science behind it It is so delightful reading a Stephenson book narrated in the first personZodiac was WAY ahead of its time upon publication in 1988 Computers gadgets pollutants and the corporations legally inculpable for complex reasons that dump them verywhere you name it Stephenson foresaw it I m not sure what I would have thought about this book if it had been by another author or an author I didn t already know It s a fun book and decent in its own right Have you ver seen pictures of people you knew when they were babies and tried to scope out the resemblance to their adult appearance That s sort of what I found myself doing in this book There are lots of hints and suggestions of the kind of writer Stephenson would become But standing on its own this book seems just as much like someone trying to riff on Carl HiaasenThe book is decidedly coherent that some of hi. Believe it or not some readers find Zodiac ven fun than Neal Stephenson's defining 1990s cyberpunk novel Snow Crash Zodiac is set in Boston and hero Sangamon Taylor S T ironically describes his hilarious xploits in the first person S T is a modern superhero a self proclaimed Toxic Spiderman With stealth spunk and the backing of GEE.

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Ct that he s an motionally unavailable fictional character is kind of A Win Win By win win By metrics of greatness billing ST that s what all is kind of a win win By my metrics of greatness billing ST that s what all cool kids call him as the Granola James Bond undersells him by a long shot Employed as a professional asshole his words by GEE an nvironmental activist group in Boston ST is a chemist by training a fan of avoiding Boston traffic by taking to its waterways in his sometimes trusty Zodiac and overall is pretty much ual parts super spy mad scientist and sardonic badass at large So what makes Sangamon Taylor so swoon worthy 1 He s what makes Sangamon Taylor so swoon worthy 1 He s at hand to hand underwater combat which is kind of a must 2 Dude knows his way around a lab but he s a nerd of the people using six packs of beer to illustrate the difference between benzene rings and phenyls is beyond brilliant In a pinch ST would definitely know how to make use of dry ice and a fun sexy little molecule some like to call dihydrogen monoxide 3 Speaking of molecules Sangamon s Principle The simpler the molecule the better the drug comes in handy in the vent that one needs to decide what kind of pick me up to mploy before going into battle 4 ST knows that no grenade is a good grenade but sometimes you ve gotta lay all tinnitus concerns aside and pull the pin 5 He definitely knows how to make the best of a bad situation 6 Last but not least Sangamon Taylor understands that it s not about the size of the boatit s about the ngine and knowing how to use it I could go on but I don t want to induce seizures among the gif sensitive masses I m far from being a Neal Stephenson xpert but rumor has it that Zodiac is an xception to the rule for those who otherwise are not big Stephenson fans This book revolves around toxic waste being illegally dumped into Boston Harbor While I was reading it the water in the fish tank went mysteriously cloudy overnight despite being recently cleaned and our two goldfish who were like ten years old went belly up So that was kind of creepyThe first Neal Stephenson book I read was Cryptonomicon and I jumped from there right into The Baroue Cycle and then the brain busting brilliant behemoth that was Anathem I loved them all but saw freuent complaints from other Stephenson fans that he d gotten boring and his books were too long After reading Snow Crash last year and now Zodiac I understand where they re coming from I d politely disagree but now I think I ve got a better idea of why fans of arlier work are frustrated with Stephenson s later books And oh by the way his new novel coming out in September is over 1000 pages so I don t think he ll be scaling back any time soonSangamon Taylor is the granola James Bond and a self described professional asshole A chemist who works for an nvironmental outfit that starts with the letter G ST works tirelessly to stage flashy vents that xpose the illegal dumping of toxic waste and sometimes he gets a little hands on then just calling the media but he refuses to cross the line into violence His main area of Fiesta Moon expertise is all the illegal dumping into Boston Harbor and he spends most of his time zipping around on his Zodiac boat charting the chemical levels figuring out how it s getting in the water and then ripping the ass out of the corporation doing the polluting ST is cocky smart and has the MacGyver like mechanical skills to use toilet parts and salad bowls to block off a mile long underwater pipe being used to illegally dump toxins ST s crusade against the illegal waste dumpers of the Boston areaventually gets him mixed up with a conspiracy involving some xtremely dangerous toxic waste and a presidential candidateAs usual Stephenson is a bit ahead of his time in this book written in 1988 ST and his friends seem like Gen X 90s then the New Wave 80s and the book manages to avoid seeming dated despite the lack of cell phones and the Internet in the story I loved the character of ST who seemed like a foul mouthed version of one of the Mythbusters who has nothing but hatred for the soulless corporate yuppies and contempt for the spacey granola heads of the nvironmental movement who can t do the simplest mechanical task The schemes he cooks up are innovative and funny and it was nice to have a main character who was genuinely trying to do something for the greater good without being The Taste of Night either cynical or sanctimonious I did get a few laughs out of ST s strategies which usually involvedxposure to the media and his confidence that public shaming was the way to force a giant corporation out of business Oh how uaint that seems when we all watched an oil company spill crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico on cable news daily for over two months and is still doing business as usual This was a smart and funny cological thriller that was way ahead of its time. Sticky than usual; run ins with a gang of satanic rock fans a deranged geneticist and a mysterious PCB contamination that may or may not be man made plus a falling out with his competent I adore stress girlfriend all complicate his mission StephensonS T's irreverent facetious sprit filled voice make this near future tale a joy to re. .

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