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Neuromancer [Kindle Edition]

William Gibson
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Book Description

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.

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Here is the novel that started it all, launching the cyberpunk generation, and the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace--and science fiction has never been the same.

Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price....

From Library Journal

Neuromancer is a fitting commemoration of the tenth anniversary of publication of Gibson's Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel. The text is abridged, read by the author, and enhanced with music, sound effects, and other audio engineering. The plot contains sex, drugs, black market body parts, virtual reality, electronic relationships, pleasure palaces, murder, mayhem, cloned assassins, and intrigue in cyberspace, with nary a virtual nice guy in the mix. Wow! There's just enough time to take a deep breath between cassettes, as the listener is bombarded with strong language, tumultuous violence, and compelling imagery. Terrific stuff. Gibson's horrifying vision of our terrible headlong rush to nowhere is a must for science fiction and adult fiction collections.
Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76ON6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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404 of 423 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past Page 25 ... January 30, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Adapted from ISawLightningFall.blogspot.com

The first time I tried to read Neuromancer, I stopped around page 25.

I was about 15 years old and I'd heard it was a classic, a must-read from 1984. So I picked it up and I plowed through the first chapter, scratching my head the whole time. Then I shoved it onto my bookshelf, where it was quickly forgotten. It was a dense, multilayered read, requiring more effort than a hormone-addled adolescent wanted to give. But few years later, I pulled the book down and gave it another chance. This time, William Gibson's dystopic rabbit hole swallowed me whole.

Neuromancer is basically a futuristic crime caper. The main character is Case, a burnt-out hacker, a cyberthief. When the book opens, a disgruntled employer has irrevocably destroyed parts of his nervous system with a mycotoxin, meaning he can't jack into the matrix, an abstract representation of earth's computer network. Then he receives a suspiciously sweet offer: A mysterious employer will fix him up if he'll sign on for a special job. He cautiously agrees and finds himself joined by a schizophrenic ex-Special Forces colonel; a perverse performance artist who wrecks havoc with his holographic imaginings; a long-dead mentor whose personality has been encoded as a ROM construct; and a nubile mercenary with silver lenses implanted over her eyes, retractable razors beneath her fingernails and one heckuva chip on her shoulder. Case soon learns that the target he's supposed to crack and his employer and are one and the same -- an artificial intelligence named Wintermute.

Unlike most crime thrillers and many works of speculative fiction, Neuromancer is interested in a whole lot more that plot development.
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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Put: Great Science Fiction November 19, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Neuromancer' is one of a handful of books/movies that I would pick to represent the science-fiction genre. Gibson succeeds on all levels here - I enjoyed the story, the characters, the settings, the technology, everything. Gibson writes about imperfection - he doesn't gloss anything over or try to make it too pretty. The characters are flawed, and have weaknesses - just like in real life. They live in a gritty world - just like in real life. And around them all, is technology - just like in real life.
'Neuromancer' is the story of Case: a hacker-type, cyberpunk, whatever you want to call him. He makes hackers of today look like amateurs - he totally immerses himself into the machine. Washed-up and raked over the coals, he gets a chance at a come back, even if it isn't on the most pleasant of terms.
Read this book if you are a science fiction fan - if for no other reason than to see what all the hype is about. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophecy or fiction? You pick! March 25, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
It took me some time to get started into this book--the
"imaginary" future Gibson has created is somewhat familiar,
yet bizarre enough to leave one grasping for understanding in the beginning pages. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down! My constant back thought as I read was the absolute awe that I felt for Gibson's ability to envision a computer
world so 1990's true to life at a time when Apple had yet to
create their first Mac! Gibson's description of "jacking in" to the net, and "flipping" is so close to today's "logging on" and "quick-switching" that it gave me goosebumps each time he used the terms! Gibson was truly
touched by the muse of inspiration when writing "Neuromancer", and I'm sure we'll see more of his *prophecies* come to pass before the millenium.
This is advised reading for all who wish to understand the
potential of the internet and the World Wide Web. Just take it slow, by osmosis you'll get the scenario, and by the final chapter--you'll know the concept. You'll be awestruck
too, I guarantee!
Can't wait to read Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive!

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133 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, readable book May 3, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I'm only an occasional reader of science fiction, and I've read even less cyberpunk - perhaps that's why I can't go along with all the reviews either calling this the greatest novel ever written, or a terrible hack job...they seem to be taking things within the context of the current cyberpunk scene, a scene I'm only vaguely familiar with.
I enjoyed the book the way one might enjoy a big Hollywood movie. The characterizations and plot were shallow and taken directly from noir and pulp fictions, no doubt about it. However, for all the times I've seen noir plots, I still enjoy them. I think the author made things fun, and kept the story going along smoothly. The ending did fall a little flat, but cyberpunk as a genre seems to flop the endings, and this was at least decent.
Also, I think it's easy to appreciate the futuristic setting of the book. True, it's a largely outdated view of the future, but it's an interesting world, and it's fun to see just how much Gibson got right back in 1984. I read this when I stayed live in post-bubble Osaka, and the book's view of the fringes of an efficient high-tech society struck a chord with me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No fun to read
A chore to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift or my son--he was very pleased. Great price on both (Neuromancer...
Gift or my son--he was very pleased. Great price on both (Neuromancer and Locus Solus) the two books he wanted. And they were in VERY good condition (like new).
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Published 6 days ago by Chris Raber
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever wondered where Matrix comes from ...
Great book! I love it!
After reading Mona Lisa Overdrive and the short story on Johnny Mnemonic I waited far to long to read Neuromancer. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Gaudl, Swen
5.0 out of 5 stars A far far cry from the sweetness of a star trek
By this time everyone recognizes the publishing of this book was a major turning point in science fiction writing. Read more
Published 7 days ago by brian Scrip
1.0 out of 5 stars Supposed to be a classic
This is not at all what I expected. I bought it on its reputation as a classic of SciFi literature, and was not prepared for its nasty atmosphere and for the extreme difficulty in... Read more
Published 11 days ago by MikeC
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintissential Cyberpunk
Reading this for the first time now that Cyberpunk is an established genre is interesting. On one hand, the thematic pieces are exactly what you'd expect, but really this story is... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Matt
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I love the cyberpunk genre but you have a hard time getting the setting in the book but wat u expect it is virtual reality after all!!
Published 14 days ago by alvaro
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Now
Neuromancer is quite simply the greatest, most prescient near-future sci-fi novel ever written. Although Gibson's world is dark and gritty and, in many ways, rather dystopian, I... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Alf R. Bergesen
3.0 out of 5 stars A trudge, that turns out to be pretty engaging.
It took me quite some time to finally finish this book. I read the first third, put it down, waited weeks, read more, etc. Read more
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William Gibson was born in the United States in 1948. In 1972 he moved to Vancouver, Canada, after four years spent in Toronto. He is married with two children.

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