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Hardwired Paperback – October 1, 2006
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Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
''Williams' use of language is as explosive and as techno tinged as the world he describes. Reading the book is like taking a jet ride across a futuristic America, with acceleration forcing you back in your seat all the way.'' --Tom Von Malder, writer and arts critic
''Heavy-metal adventure.'' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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That is, Hardwired is a story set in a future dystopia where people are caught up in events that lead to changes that seem beyond the scope of changes that people like them could make. Of course, there are drugs and other fun stuff, a network of computers that are hacked, and large corporations.
Hardwired is different in that it is a much better action story, with the main characters being a street samurai and a panzer driver. Gives the book a much different focus than Neuromancer with a decker as a main character.
And the world is much more alive. Dirtboys and mudgirls are moving, struggling, alive in glorious MOTION.
It's a book that you can immerse yourself in for the hours it takes to read it, blink, stagger outside, and look around at the world, disappointed, because it's not the right world. Somehow, the world of Hardwired is so compelling that you forget for a while our world.
That's about as high a recommendation as a book can get.
Of the three, "Hardwired" is certainly the most fun to read.
Williams' writing has always jumped off the page, but none of his other books move quite as fast or quite as gracefully (with, perhaps, the exception of the three Drake Maijistral books) as "Hardwired."
A chugging, gut-wrenching, pulse-pounding juggernaut of a book -- if you haven't read "Hardwired," you haven't even started understanding modern sci-fi.
This is cyberpunk at its best.
The setting reminds me of Blade Runner, but maybe a bit grungier. The characters are well crafted and convincing. The plot is gripping, and the writing flows off the pages.
This books is from 1986, so it is not the same stale cyberpunk junk that you may be used to. Check it out!
Contrary to most Science Fiction writing, cyberpunk tried to show and explicate its fictional world through the eyes of comparatively low-ranking people on the margins of their society, perhaps thrown into a situation where their actions are important to it (although not necessarily) but virtually always with the characters' mental environment shaped by, and immersed in, the larger social and physical/technical environment, and with their actions constrained by outsider and lowly status. This was a gesture towards realism, as most all people are greatly constrained by their circumstances and are much more caught up in the present than are typical characters in Science Fiction. The limited power and vantage points available to cyberpunk characters are complemented by the characteristic cyberpunk immersion into the techno-cultural environment of the story. Just as most people have more contact with DVDs, bottled water, and PCs than with nuclear reactors, so cyberpunk immerses the reader in the common environment present in the story.
By contrast, Hardwired, while utilizing the iconic technologies, imperfect world, corporate domination, assassins and smugglers of cyberpunk, is a far more traditional Science Fiction story in that the characters are that extra (unrealistically) bit mobile, are rather more powerful and connected to the center of events than is typical, and are concerned with the core issues of their world, rather than with a tiny fraction of it.Read more ›
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Cracking good hard Sci Fi. A little derivative, but a really fun read. Lots of action and interesting characters.Published 25 days ago by Bill Fischer
I started a touch dubious... but was soon hooked. It wont rock your world but you will enjoy the characters and the ride!Published 2 months ago by Darcy
A little confusing for me to follow ... but that's me :-) Excellent writing above the norm for this genre. I will definitely buy more works from this author. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
loved it. thoughtful, characters developed, plot great, good pace-keeps you there-hard toput downPublished 4 months ago by lamar
I got this because it was ranked by other readers as being on par with the early William Gibson stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stones Throw
Good cyberpunk story with lots of cool details about a distopian future (that was my favorite part). Story was good not greatPublished 9 months ago by Daniel Jacobson
I love this book - I read it in the 80's, and I read it again in 2015, and it still holds my attention. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer