Mer Reading Challenge bingo board Fulfills part f several Seasonal Reading Challenge tasks primarily Task 2510 BellaGBear s Task OLD LOVE AND NEW LOVE Another book towards my goal Oxford Examined 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 Einsteins Generation our two goldfish who were like ten yearsld went belly up So that was kind Engendering Song 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 now Zodiac I understand where they re coming from I d politely disagree but now I think I ve got a better idea Come Hell or High Water of why fansf earlier work are frustrated with Stephenson s later books And The Great Railway Bazaar oh by the way his new novel comingut in September is Rue Marquis De Sade 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 environmentalutfit that starts with the letter G ST works tirelessly to stage flashy events that expose the illegal dumping Five Farthings of toxic waste and sometimes he gets a little handsn then just calling the media but he refuses to cross the line into violence His main area My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, of expertise is all the illegal dumping into Boston Harbor and he spends mostf his time zipping around Historias de cronopios y de famas on his Zodiac boat charting the chemical levels figuringut how it s getting in the water and then ripping the ass Pope Francis outf the corporation doing the polluting
ST is cocky smart and has the MacGyver like mechanical skills to is cocky smart and has the MacGyver like mechanical skills to toilet parts and salad bowls to block Redemption (Amos Decker, off a mile long underwater pipe being used to illegally dump toxins ST s crusade against the illegal waste dumpersf the Boston area eventually gets him mixed up with a conspiracy involving some extremely dangerous toxic waste and a presidential candidateAs usual Stephenson is a bit ahead The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, 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 des This book is a thriller a detective story with science lotsf 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 ecology activist The emphasis is Harry Potter Series Box Set (Harry Potter, on the activist He lives in Boston and gets around mostlyn his zodiac a small fast boat He is always The Sheiks Love Child on the lookout for polluting waste products being dumped by factories into the waterwaysf Boston Of course he is not The Zoo Story on the good sidef the chemical companies that do the dumping He is constantly being stalked and Ghachar Ghochar occasionally muggedr kidnapped r However Sangamon is a very clever fellow
H Zodiac is the first book I ve read by Neal Zodiac is the first book I ve read by Neal an author I see mentioned fairly ften The King of Crows (The Diviners, often with mixed reviews Mywn reaction to this particular book is a little mixed The title Zodiac refers to a type Captives of motorized raft the characters used The story is set in Boston and is told from the first person perspectivef 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 Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, one small scienc 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 Silent Surrender (Nighthawk Island, one long night gripped from theutset The hero Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Read-Along Storybook and CD) of the story is a chemist working for GEE a direct action environmentalrganisation in its. 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 Utamaro on his 40 horsepower Zodiac raft His jobf tracking down poisonous runoff and embarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes. ,
Sangamon Taylor just might be the love Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle of my life and as far as I m concerned the fact that he s an emotionally unavailable fictional character is kindf a win win By my metrics Lohnarbeit und Klassenbildung of 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 fanf avoiding Boston traffic by taking to its waterways in his sometimes trusty Zodiac and verall 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 lab but he s a nerd Hidden Witness (Return to Ravesville of the people using six packsf beer to illustrate the difference between benzene rings and phenyls is beyond brilliant In a pinch ST would definitely know how to make use A Passionate Heart/To Kiss A Count/The Runaway Countess of dry ice and a fun sexy little molecule some like to call dihydrogen monoxide 3 Speakingf molecules Sangamon s Principle The simpler the molecule the better the drug comes in handy in the event that The Earl and the Governess one needs to decide what kindf pick me up to employ 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 f a bad situation 6 Last but not least Sangamon Taylor understands that it s #not about the size f the boatit s about the engine #about the size شرح التعرف لمذهب التصوف -پنج مجلد of the boatit s about the engine knowing how to use it I could gon 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 who Steelhands (Havemercy, otherwise are not big Stephenson fans I m not sure what I would have thought about this book if it had been by another authorr an author I didn t already know It s a fun book and decent in its wn right Have
You Ever Seen Picturesever seen pictures people you knew when they were babies and tried to scope ut the resemblance to their adult appearance That s sort Ten Orange Pumpkins of what I found myself doing in this book There are lotsf hints and suggestions Amarcord of the kindf writer Stephenson would become But standing The Lady Elizabeth on itswn this book seems just as much like someone trying to riff American General 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 Wishes and Worries or Diamond Age and the weirdness doesn t approach somef the stuff in Anathem The ending ties things up neatly that he does in his The Downs Syndrome Handbook 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 Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, 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 When All Hell Breaks Loose 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 Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, of the Universe and myld stomping groundFulfills several possibilities Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous, on my St Mary s County Library Sum. Believe itr 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 SOG of GEE. Boston branch He sut to get the companies dumping toxic waste into the harbour and the rivers and canals that feed into it He has three company logos Seven Bad Ideas on the bowsf his inflatable raft with its Alien Diplomacy (Katherine Kitty Katt, over sizeutboard motor capable Togo of making it fly Nonef those companies is trading any Now
he s gunning for his fourth but the Bikini opposition start gunning for him literally and somef that ppositions gunning for his fourth but the pposition start gunning for him literally and some Slakes Limbo of thatpposition criminal Families not criminal Corporations The man All Clear (All Clear, on a crusade has a big mystery enemies than he can figureut reasons for a neglected girl friend a freak show Straight Up and Personal: The World According to Grapes of friends a knowledgef chemistry his wits and a Zodiac boat This turns The Killing Season (Trail of the Gunfighter, out to be plenty to drive this taught pacy funny andccassionally unpredictable novel forward but at the end Saving Sweetness one uestion is left unaswered what doesur non violent eco warrior want To protect the auatic eco system A Great Day for Pup! or bash big corporations If not for the voicef Sangamon Taylor Neal Stephenson s Zodiac would have been a relatively Modern Love okay eco thriller but the book isn t just the voicef Sangamon Taylor it IS Sangamon Taylor and nce again Stephenson s ability to create compelling
Leading Men Think Hiro Protagonistmen think Hiro Protagonist Snow Crash makes ne Penny from Heaven 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 The Real Deal of Boston s big bad corporations He s already got two corporation killsn the side f his boat and he s going for
the kill that will make him an ace ST declares himself to bekill that will make him an ace ST declares himself to be asshole I do it for a living and he is to some extent He hangs up n a cranky Caste old cancer victim he strings along Debbie the girl he loves and runs away from any chancef commitment with assiduity he regularly partakes The World's Sexiest Bedrooms 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 the very fact that he knows he s an asshole and is the Win Bigly one to admit allf these flaws to his audience suggests that he really isn t and that little twist makes all the bad bits Deal Breakers of ST enjoyable than they should be and allf the good bits positively entertaining Or maybe there s just so much Death Note One-Shot Special (Death Note, Chapter of me in the slightlyverweight 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 The Lynching of Emmett Till 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 Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong or thirty years Youpen to page The Bird Photography Field Guide: The Essential Handbook for Capturing Birds with your digital SLR (English Edition) 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 موسوعة نينورتا التاريخية - قصة الخلق of moralutrage at real world toxic dumping corporations then so be itFinally here s Answering Mormons Questions 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 A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers 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 f 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. Sticky than usual; run ins with a gang f satanic rock fans a deranged geneticist and a mysterious PCB contamination that may Queen of the Sea 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.