Fun sexy little molecule some like to call dihydrogen monoxide 3 Speaking f molecules Sangamon s Principle The simpler the molecule the better the drug comes
in handy in the event that La fabbrica di cioccolato one needs to decide what kindf pick me uphandy in the event that Klara with A K one needs to decide what kindf pick me up employ before going into battle 4 ST knows that no grenade is a good Grenade But Sometimes You Ve Gotta Lay All Tinnitus Concerns but sometimes you ve gotta lay all tinnitus concerns and pull the pin 5 He definitely knows how to make the best Serving Sera of a bad situation 6 Last but not least Sangamon Taylor understands that it s not about the sizef the boatit s about the engine and knowing how to use it I could go Samurai! on but I don t want to induce seizures among the gif sensitive masses I m far from being a Neal Stephenson expert but rumor has it that Zodiac is an exception to the rule for those whotherwise are not big Stephenson fans I m not sure what I would have thought about this book if it had been by another author La meglio gioventù or an author I didn t already know It s a fun book and decent in itswn right Have you ever seen pictures f people you knew when they were babies and tried to scope ut the resemblance to their adult appearance That s sort Solea of what I found myself doing in this book There are lotsf hints and suggestions By the Light of the Moon of the kindf writer Stephenson would become But standing Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep on itswn this book seems just as much like someone trying to riff Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) on Carl HiaasenThe book is decidedly coherent that somef his later books and its fun and a bit weird but its nowhere near as fun as Snow Crash r Diamond Age and the weirdness doesn t approach some f the stuff in Anathem The ending ties things up neatly that he does in his Morte a credito other books And that neatness left me feeling a bit flat I ve always been a bit dissatisfied with Stephenson s endings except for the Baroue trilogy which has a few amazing and perfect endings And here the ending 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 there was the funf having a hyper aware environmentalist who seems to rival Hunter Thompson in drug consumption Nitrous Oxide LSD shrooms speed And there were some entertaining but very brief digressions and infodumps here the sort OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of thing that become the meatf the later fatter books All in all I took this as Stephenson Lite It was fun and I m glad I read it A uirky scientistToxic James Bond for the environmental group G International cruises Boston harbor in his Zodiac boat looking for chemical hot spots When he finds Keely and Du on that mysteriously disappears again he isn 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 Mill Hill of the Universe and myld stomping groundFulfills several possibilities Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost on my St Mary s County Library Summer Reading Challenge bingo board Fulfills partf several Seasonal Reading Challenge tasks primarily Task 2510 BellaGBear s Task OLD LOVE AND NEW LOVE Another book towards my goal This Poison Will Remain of Read All The Books 2017 Edition A New Hope 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 cloudyvernight despite being recently cleaned and Un eroe dei nostri tempi our two goldfish who were like ten yearsld went belly up So that was kind Geldsack 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 fromther Stephenson fans that he d gotten boring and his books were too long After reading Snow Crash
Last Year And Nowyear and now I understand where they re coming from I d politely disagree but now I think I ve got a better idea Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing of why fa This book is a thriller a detective story with science lotsf chemistry. A non profit environmental 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 ecosystem cavalry The Secret of the Glass on his 40 horsepower Zodiac raft His jobf tracking down poisonous runoff and embarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes. In fact but it isn t uite a science fiction novel Neal Stephenson has created a memorable main character Sangamon Taylor a chemist and ecology activist The emphasis is Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes on the activist He lives in Boston and gets around mostlyn his zodiac a small fast boat He is always The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) on the lookout for polluting waste products being dumped by factories into the waterwaysf Boston Of course he is not Lions and Tigers and Snares on the good sidef the chemical companies that do the dumping He is constantly being stalked and ccasionally mugged r kidnapped r However Sangamon is a very clever fellow He has to be clever since he was invented by Neal Stephenson He is
Very Enterprising And Hasenterprising and has big mouth though he is usually tactful He knows how to evade his enemies usually And he
Knows That Sometimes Offense Is The Bestthat sometimes ffense is the best You just can t go wrong with a book by Stephenson While Sangamon is evading and investigating the bad guys his good natured witticisms permeate the dialogues And you can even learn some chemistry by Star Wars: Lando osmosis from this book as it is everywhere an important character in itswn rightI didn t read this book I listened to the audiobook narrated rather well by Ax Norman Zodiac is the first book I ve read by Neal Stephenson an author I see mentioned fairly Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture oftenften with mixed reviews My wn reaction to this particular book is a little mixed The title Zodiac refers to a type f motorized raft the characters used The story is set in Boston and is told from the first person perspective f 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 ne small science fiction element but for the most part it seemed entirely based n technology and scientific knowledge from the 1980 s when the book was published There s a decent amount f science usually explained well 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 The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer 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 too enthusiastic about it if I wasn t enthusiastic about the story itself I liked the main character well enough but I never felt attached and I didn t feel much interest in thether characters at all As far as entertainment level this was pretty middle Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded of the road for me There were parts when I did feel eager to learn what would happen next but mostly I didn t feel any compulsion to keep reading when I hadther things to do Fortunately this was a pretty short book If it had been stretched Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 out into a longer book I might have had trouble making it to the end Zodiac is described as an eco thriller which about sums it up actually It certainly is a thriller I read all 290r so pages in Caught in the Net one long night gripped from theutset The hero Blue Road to Atlantis of the story is a chemist working for GEE a direct action environmentalrganisation in its Boston branch He s Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica out to get the companies dumping toxic waste into the harbour and the rivers and canals that feed into it He has three company logosn the bows Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light of his inflatable raft with itsver size Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese outboard motor capablef making it fly None f those companies is trading any Now he s gunning for his fourth but the pposition start gunning for him literally and some Bad Land of thatpposition are criminal Families not criminal Corporations The man Lettere: 1942-1943 on a crusade has a big mystery enemies than he can figureut reasons for a neglected girl friend a freak show L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia of friends a knowledgef chemistry his wits and a Zodiac boat This turns The Fire of Origins out to be plenty to drive this taught pacy funny andccassionally unpredictable novel forward but at the end Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) one uestion is left unaswered what doesur non violent eco warrior want To protect the auatic eco system r bash big corporations. Sticky than usual; run ins with a gang f satanic rock fans a deranged geneticist and a mysterious PCB contamination that may Escaping Me or may not be man made plus a fallingut with his competent I adore stress girlfriend all complicate his mission StephensonS T's irreverent facetious esprit filled voice make this near future tale a joy to re.
REVIEW ¼ eBook, ePUB r Kindle PDF Ó Neal StephensonIf not for the voice f Sangamon Taylor Neal Stephenson s Zodiac would have been a relatively kay eco thriller but
The Book Isn Tbook isn t the voice f Sangamon Taylor it IS Sangamon Taylor and Il cacciatore once again Stephenson s ability to create compelling leading men think Hiro Protagonist in Snow Crash makesne The Unscratchables of his books superior to the pulp it was inspired bySangamon Taylor is Boston Harbor s verywn 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 Therapy of Boston s big bad corporations He s already got two corporation killsn the side The Hug 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 some extent He hangs upn a cranky The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories old cancer victim he strings along Debbie the girl he loves and runs away from any chancef commitment with assiduity he regularly partakes Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone of any drug that doesn t break Sangamon s Principlef Simple Compounds and even a few that do he s foul mouthed cynical
And Egotistical But Theegotistical But the fact that he knows he s an asshole and is the Speak the Ocean one to admit allf these flaws to his audience suggests that he really isn t and that little twist makes all the bad bits Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward of ST enjoyable than they should be and allf the good bits positively entertaining Or maybe there s just so much f me in the slightly verweight 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 Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story one important thing with Zodiac thatther eco thriller writers cannot make the issues secondary Eco thrillers tend to be terminally preachy particularly those written in the last twenty Second Sight (Circle of Three, or thirty years Youpen to page Strife one see the soapbox and spend the restf the book reading a never ending speechifying guilt trip But Zodiac lets entertainment be the thing and if you develop an increased sense Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath of moralutrage at real world toxic dumping corporations then so be itFinally here s Baby Colossus (Short Story) one warning to those who may be fooled by Stephenson s bodyf work Zodiac is at best Sci Fi lite But it isn t really even that If you re looking for his Sci Fi work look elsewhere If you are looking for Stephenson having fun however and writing so that you can have fun Zodiac is the book for you An extraordinarily fun book Stephenson meshes hardboiled crime with the pacing Roy Al 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 lotf hard science behind it It is so delightful reading a Stephenson book narrated in the first personZodiac was WAY ahead Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age of its time upon publication in 1988 Computers gadgets pollutants and the corporations legally inculpable for complex reasons that dump them everywhere you name it Stephenson foresaw it I haven t had this much fun since Metzger s Dog I wonder if Chinese Gordon and Sangamon Taylor are related somehow Sangamon Taylor just might be the lovef my life and as far as I m concerned the fact that he s an emotionally unavailable fictional character is kind Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel of a win win By my metricsf greatness billing ST that s what all the 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 environmental activist group in Boston ST is a chemist by training a fan Apple Training Series of avoiding Boston traffic by taking to its waterways in his sometimes trusty Zodiac andverall is pretty much eual parts super spy mad scientist and sardonic badass at large So what makes Sangamon Taylor so swoon worthy 1 He s great at hand to hand underwater combat which is kind f a must 2 Dude Knows His Way Around A his way around a but he s a nerd f the people using six packs f beer to illustrate the difference between benzene rings and phenyls is beyond brilliant In a pinch ST would definitely know how to make use f dry ice and Believe it r not some readers find Zodiac even 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 exploits in the first person S T is a modern superhero a self proclaimed Toxic Spiderman With stealth spunk and the backing f GEE. ,