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Burning Chrome Paperback – July 29, 2003
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As far as Gibson's fiction is concerned it is always interesting, often relevant, and on occasion cathartic. Most of his stories seem to take on the same sort of tone, that stemming from the "hard-boiled" tradition. Stories like "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Burning Chrome" best exemplify this particular brand of story. But Gibson also pulls a few surprizes out of his hat and delivers stories that are highly experimental and center around character study rather than high-tempo, action-packed adventure stories. "The Winter Market" in particular struck me as especially brilliant. His focus in the story was not the neat gadgetry that was represented by the "exoskeleton" worn by one of the characters, it was how this shaped this character and effected her life. But Gibson doesn't stop there, he gives us a cast of strong characters and plenty of interaction between them. And this is what really made the story interesting for me. The sf elements are there, but the story has a great deal of universality in its portrayol of real people in situations we can relate to.
I also thought that "Hinterlands" and "The Gernsback Continuum" were very interesting stories.Read more ›
That being said, Gibson truly shines as a short story writer. As a fan and practicioner of the short story, the sparseness of plot and space in general is one of the strong points in cyberpunk. The genre is about impact and style, and the shorter the story, the stronger the impact has to be to justify the experience.
Burning Chrome is a book with ten such impacts. The first story, Johnny Mnemonic, probably has the best chance to be known by the general public, and has the hardest reputation to overcome. It's great scifi, albeit far from the best story in the book. As other reviewers have said, it does introduce Molly and gives a great taste of the Sprawl. The killing floor is also one of the best examples of culture in Gibson's world.
The Gernsback Continuum is one of those stories that border on the incredibly bizzare. I didn't care for this story as much as the other (it's probably my least favorite), but ti's still bizzare enough to be entertaining.
Fragments of a Hologram Rose if I remember correctly is one of Gibson's first short stories, and it sets the stage beautifully for his style of writing.Read more ›
All in all, fans of Gibson's other works or fans of cyberpunk in general will find this anthology immensely rewarding.
What I liked best about this collection is what I like best about all of Gibson's work, the fluid prose. Like liquid poetry injected directly into the consciousness it raises your pulse and quickens the anticipation. He's brilliant at creating a mood, a true master.
The highlight of this anthology was the title story, Burning Chrome. To describe it with words like octane and infused would be to weaken its impact, a pure rush of language that conveys the story of desire: wealth, sex, life. There may be no better story in the genre than Burning Chrome.
Of the other stories, Johnny Mnemonic and Hinterlands stood out as exciting rides of fictional craziness. Hinterlands was half-horror, half cyber, and full out corporate espionage. Johnny Mnemonic foreshadowed Neuromancer with the introduction of Molly and the ill-fated Johnny run cross of the true corporate power in Gibson's stories, the Yakuza.
The rest of the collection is a fine sampling of Gibson's writing. Some better than others.
The following is the contents:
"The Gernsback Continuum"
"Fragments of a Hologram Rose"
"The Belonging Kind"
"Red Star, Winter Orbit"
"New Rose Hotel"
"The Winter Market"
- CV Rick
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I can't describe this anthology of short stories in one word. All of the word choices apply at some point or another. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Legarto Lahontan
Either you're a fan of his and looking for the best work of his early days or you haven't read Neuromancer - which you should go do immediately. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Invalidwords
The first Gibson book that I read. Introduced the setting and technologies for many other book. I completely enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Gnollmore
A splendid collection of short stories that resonate with the current trend of technology. The collection provides a variety of unique settings and characters which ensure that the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Parker Ramsey
I have been an avid Sci-Fi reader for 20 years. This is one of the best, if not the very best collection of short stories I've ever read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Island Dad
Gibson's noteworthy early anthology is of short stories. It is always startling to try to get into the narration in future speak. Read morePublished 7 months ago by anonymous
This is where cyberpunk began. This collection of stories birthed the settings, character archetypes and tropes that have defined the cyberpunk genre for decades since. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Foobimaxicus
Artfully written and a quick read. I enjoyed the retro future style and just the overall feeling of the stories.Published 10 months ago by NatalieDawn