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Zodiac af Neal Stephenson
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Zodiac (original 1988; udgave 1995)

af Neal Stephenson (Forfatter)

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Sangamon Taylor is spreading the word about corporations piping toxic wastes into the water from his 40-horsepower Zodiac raft. Now, he's wanted by the FBI, the Mafia, and a group of Satan-worshipping drug dealers--the least of his problems. Because somewhere out there is an unhinged genetic engineer and a lab concocted bacterium that could destroy all ocean life.… (mere)
Medlem:smgaines
Titel:Zodiac
Forfattere:Neal Stephenson (Forfatter)
Info:Spectra (1995), 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Zodiac af Neal Stephenson (1988)

  1. 00
    The Rosetta Man af 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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    The Business af Iain Banks (themulhern)
    themulhern: A mystery unfolds, an acerbic and capable protagonist, technology, money and social observations.
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    The River Why af 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.… (mere)
  4. 11
    The Windup Girl af Paolo Bacigalupi (CKmtl)
    CKmtl: Fans of one of these works of Ecological SF may enjoy the other.
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    The Voice of the Butterfly af John Nichols (ShelfMonkey)
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I don't do well with books rife with drug references. This book opened with people being crazy and getting high on nitro. A whole lot of nope for me. ( )
  slmr4242 | Feb 4, 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 |
Early work of well-read author. It has aged well over the years. The environment is even more crucial today.
  JOQuantaman | Oct 6, 2020 |
bit convoluted and messy at times, but with some good science in it, innit. ( )
  mulderg | Sep 29, 2020 |
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. The hero 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 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 making it fly. None of those companies is trading anymore. 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, more 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 the end one question is left unaswered: what does our non-violent eco-warrior want more? To protect the aquatic eco-system or bash big corporations?

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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Sangamon Taylor is spreading the word about corporations piping toxic wastes into the water from his 40-horsepower Zodiac raft. Now, he's wanted by the FBI, the Mafia, and a group of Satan-worshipping drug dealers--the least of his problems. Because somewhere out there is an unhinged genetic engineer and a lab concocted bacterium that could destroy all ocean life.

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