EBOOK READ [Zodiac The Eco Thriller] Author Neal Stephenson
The Stray Bullet hHey should be and all of the good bits positively entertaining Or maybe there s just so much of me in the slightly overweight Big Mac munching bike drugged upypocritical invirinmentalist that I ave no alternative but to like im Whatever "the motivation ST is likable and that likability allows Stephenson to do one important thing with Zodiac " motivation ST is likable and that likability allows Stephenson to do one important thing with Zodiac other 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 never ending speechifying guilt trip But Zodiac lets entertainment be the thing and if you develop an increased sense of moral outrage at real world toxic dumping corporations then so be itFinally ere 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 really even that If you re looking for is Sci Fi work look elsewhere If you are looking for Stephenson Bloody Crystal having funowever and writing so that you can La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques have fun Zodiac is the book for you I m not sure what I wouldave thought about this book if it Bear Humbug 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 ever 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 ofints 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 Afterlife his later books and its fun and a bit weird but its nowhere near as fun as Snow Crash or Diamond Age and the weirdness doesn t approach some of the stuff in Anathem The ending ties things up neatly thate does in Blue Is for Nightmares his 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 whichas a few amazing and perfect endings And Heroes Die 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 seeingere was Stephenson s geekiness Darth Vader suits Star Trek analogies comparisons between chemical plants and Mordor Then there was the fun of L'Ingénu having ayper 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 The Strathmore Club 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 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 tappy and don t take is interference lying down The book is probably better classified as a Thriller
than as Science Fiction There was at least one small science fiction element but for as Science Fiction There was at least one small science fiction element but for most part it seemed entirely based on technology and scientific knowledge from the 1980 s when the book was published There s a decent amount of 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 other and the story itself just wasn t that appealing to me Since the book is story driven than character driven it was Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus 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 the other characters at all As far as entertainment level this was pretty middle of the road for me There were parts when I did feel eager to learn what wouldappen next but mo I Geometry Part 1: Quickstudy Laminated Reference Guide (Quick Study Academic) haven tad this much fun since Metzger s Dog I wonder if Chinese Gordon and Sangamon Taylor are related somehow. 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 Herbier et autres collections his competent I adore stress girlfriend all complicateis mission StephensonS T's irreverent facetious esprit filled voice make this near future tale a joy to re. ,
Sangamon Taylor just might be the love
OF MY LIFE AND AS FARmy life and as far I M Concerned The Fact That concerned the fact that s an emotionally unavailable fictional character is kind of a win win By my metrics of greatness billing ST that s what all the cool kids call Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters him as the Granola James Bond undersellsim by a long shot Employed as a professional asshole The Happiest Baby on the Block his words by GEE an environmental activist group in Boston ST is a chemist by training a fan of avoiding Boston traffic by taking to its waterways inis sometimes trusty Zodiac and overall 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 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 Blu oltre la prua: Un'avventura di Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin - Master Commander (La Gaja scienza Vol. 946) has created a memorable main character Sangamon Taylor a chemist and ecology activist The emphasis is on the activist He lives in Boston and gets around mostly onis 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 Releasing Heaven on Earth: Gods Principles for Restoring the Land 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 Heas to be clever since The Future of English Teaching Worldwide he was invented by Neal Stephenson He is very enterprising andas a big mouth though Between he is usually tactful He knowsow to evade Sigrid Liljeholm his enemies usually Ande knows that sometimes offense is the best defense You just can t go wrong with a book by Stephenson While Sangamon is evading and investigating the bad guys David Starr Space Ranger his good natured witticisms permeate the dialogues And you can even learn some chemistry by osmosis from this book as it is everywhere an important character in its own rightI didn t read this book I listened to the audiobook narrated rather well by Ax Norman An extraordinarily fun book Stephenson meshesardboiled crime with the pacing of a thriller and Crusader conspiracy Banner books he populates the book withis typical nerdy witty The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) humor It s not so much a sci fi book as it is a thriller with a lot ofard 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 everywhere you name it Stephenson foresaw it A uirky scientistToxic James Bond for the environmental group G International cruises Boston An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith harbor inis Zodiac boat looking for chemical Gauntlet A Novel of International Intrigue hot spots Whene finds on that mysteriously disappears again The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary he is on a search that putsis career in danger and then puts I magnifici dieci 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 described as an eco thriller which about sums it up actually It certainly is a thriller I read all 290 or so pages in one long night gripped from the outset Theero of the story is a chemist working for GEE a direct action environmental organisation in its Boston branch He s out to get the companies dumping toxic waste into the arbour and the
RIVERS AND CANALS THAT FEED INTO IT HE HASand canals that feed into it He as company logos on the bows of Seashells his inflatable raft with its over size outboard motor capable of making it fly None of those companies is trading any Nowe s gunning for An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet his fourth but the opposition start gunning forim literally and some of that opposition are criminal Families not criminal Corporations The man on a crusade Ruhestand fr Einsteiger has a big mystery enemies thane can figure out reasons for a neglected girl friend a freak show of friends a knowledge of chemistry La criminologie 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 the end one uestion is left unaswered what does our non violent eco warrior want To protect the auatic eco system or bash big corporations This book revolves around toxic waste being ille. Believe it or not some readers find Zodiac even fun than Neal Stephenson's defining 1990s cyberpunk novel Snow Crash Zodiac is set in Boston andero Sangamon Taylor S T ironically describes Farmer Boy hisilarious exploits in the first person S T is a modern superhero a self proclaimed Toxic Spiderman With stealth spunk and the backing of GEE. Gally 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 e dbehemoth that was Anathem I loved them all but saw freuent complaints from other Stephenson fans that e d boring and Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program 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 earlier work are frustrated with Stephenson s later books And oh by the wayis new novel coming out in September is over 1000 pages so I don t think Panda Bears 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 environmental outfit that starts with the letter G ST works tirelessly to stage flashy events that expose the illegal dumping of toxic waste and sometimese gets a little Turning Points in Australian History hands on then just calling the media bute refuses to cross the line into violence His main area of expertise is all the illegal dumping into Boston Harbor and Desarrollo de Habilidades Directivas he spends most ofis time zipping around on Let Dai Vol 8 his Zodiac boat charting the chemical levels figuring outow it s getting in the water and then ripping the ass out of the corporation doing the polluting ST is cocky smart and An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 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 area eventually getsim mixed up with a conspiracy involving some extremely dangerous toxic waste and a presidential candidateAs usual Stephenson is a bit ahead of Hoodwinked his time in this book written in 1988 ST andis 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 as nothing but atred for the soulless corporate yuppies and contempt for the spacey granola Best Practices In Leading The Global Workforce heads of the environmental movement who can t do the simplest mechanical task The schemese cooks up are innovative and funny and it was nice to HORROR STORIES have a main character who was genuinely trying to do something for the greater good without being either cynical or sanctimonious I did get a few laughs out of ST s strategies which usually involved exposure to the media andis confidence that public shaming was the way to force a giant corporation out of business Oh Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 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 ecological thriller that was way ahead of its time If not for the voice of Sangamon Taylor Neal Stephenson s Zodiac wouldave been a relatively okay 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 Vida de perros 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 spendsis days testing the waters in is Zodiac so that
HE CAN TRACE THE WASTE DUMPINGcan trace the waste dumping Boston s big bad corporations He s already got two corporation kills on the side of is boat and The Mobius Twist, Alien Abduction and Judgement of the Human Race he s going for the kill that will makeim an ace ST declares The Love of a King himself to be an asshole I do it for a living ande is to some extent He Mystery: 3 Books in One: The Rockingdown Mystery / The Rilloby Fair Mystery / The Ring-O-Bells Mystery hangs up on a cranky old cancer victime strings along Debbie the girl Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement Pivotal Moments in American History he loves and runs away from any chance of commitment with assiduitye regularly partakes of any drug that doesn t break Sangamon s Principle of Simple Compounds and even a few that do Aliens Music of the Spears Aliens he s foul mouthed cynical and egotistical But the very fact thate knows Made in Yorkshire Series Box Set ( he s an asshole and is the one to admit all of these flaws tois audience suggests that Untitled The Wicked Powers he really isn t and that little twist makes all the bad bits of ST enjoyable than A non profit environmental group asis 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 on Hearts Untamed his 40orsepower Zodiac raft His job of tracking down poisonous runoff and embarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes.