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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568581858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568581859
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pat Cadigan is an American-born science fiction writer whose work is associated with the cyberpunk movement. Her books include Fools, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award; the anthology The Ultimate Cyberpunk; and such media tie-ins as Jason X.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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To be honest with you, I only got to the page 200.
Amazon Customer
I was happily surprised to learn it was republished, so it was a good Christmas gift.
Danielle Aeschbacher
I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but I like good stories.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Holly Kramer on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Pat Cadigan's Synners is an interwoven chronicle of three main characters: Gabe, Sam, and Gina. Gabe is an advertising agent for Diversifications, Inc. and Sam, his daughter, is a hacker. Gina is a synner (creator of the near-future rock videos) whose company was bought out by Diversifications, Inc. Drugs that help with depression have been reinforced by implants provided at "feel-good clinics". Diversifications, Inc. has discovered a plan for a new implant that provides prerecorded dreams that can be accessed for entertainment. Gina's coworker, Visual Mark, has been selected as the experimental subject because of his exceptional visual imagination.
Synners uses familiar Cyberpunk concepts such as global computer networks, direct computer linkups to the brain, enhanced recreational drugs, young hackers and a modified form of rock music. This story revolves around the introduction of new technology, such as implants to treat depression and brain sockets to enhance entertainment. It also revolves around what happens when new technology begins to do the unexpected.
Synners is presented at a perfect pace and is told in a multi-threaded style, where the characters intertwine with each other. The character development and plot are written with elaborate detail, but the theme is very simple. This book is very entertaining, even though concentration and close attention are needed in order to understand what is happening. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend reading it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well, it looks like I am a minority here. Yes, that's right, I really didn't enjoy this book. To be honest with you, I only got to the page 200. I consider myself a sci-fi fan. I've read (and loved) all Stephenson's books, Philip K. Dick, Nylund, Bruce Sterling, and many others. There are very few authors that I don't like, and thinking about it, that was my mistake. A lot of people compare Cadigan with Gibson, and Neuromancer was one book that I really couldn't get through.
The problem with Synners in my opinion is that it tries to do too much at the same time. Timeline is confusing, the characters are introduced a dozen at a time, and after 200 pages there was a lot of descriptions about not so important situations and very little was told about the plot and how the different threads related to each other. Characters are very poorly developed. Visual Mark, who is supposed to be important, has no clear identity, and other characters that could be interesting, like the boy who could read and learnt Chinese, are just forgotten.
There are a few cool ideas in this book. The brain sockets and the whole idea about hi-tech music industry are interesting concepts, but they are just not enough when compared to the silly ideas like the nonsense hit and run, the exaggerated drug apologies and things like that man with the `graphic changing' cape, etc.
Bottom line, I wouldn't recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Windvein on June 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but I like good stories. This is a fine story. I admire Cadigan's ability to have several stories going at once, a ton of characters interacting, and still keep it interesting and fun. I recommend her other novels Mindplayers and Fools. They aren't as funny, but the plots are intrigueing and complex. Cadigan is a very original writer, and I love reading her work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Synners by Pat Cadigan is a profoundly written book by any standards. It is considered a Cyberpunk book, but it can be enjoyed by anyone who likes a challenging mystery-type novel also. She uses many different, deep characters in so many different settings that it can tend to be confusing, but she also does an excellent job of tying them all together in the end. This novel requires a lot of thought and perception, but it grabs you from the very first page. Cadigan uses nameless characters and a unique setting to create an ambience of mystery around the entire book.
Synners is set in the future and is mainly based on this close-knit group of hackers that use information sent to them by a friend to stop a big business from creating implants and inserting them into people of all types, including young children. This business, Diversifications, says it will be used to stop learning and mental problems but everyone is quite wry of this new development. The problem is that this big business wants to use music videos to promote them. This is a problem because then it would reach too many people, even people who had no need for them. Synners gives you a very person-friendly technological atmosphere and tons of action.
Cadigan uses this plot to bring in an intriguing and very technology based theme. She also uses an element of mystery into the book to grab and keep the readers attention. Synners is a great read for anyone who is the least bit interested in technology and mystery. Cadigan does a great job of keeping the book interesting. If you do chose to read this book make sure you are ready for a confusing ride through the minds of many different characters and character-types.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hector A. Escobedo on October 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book after reading one of Cadigan's short stories in a cyberpunk compilation, and I was thoroughly impressed by it. The way it immerses you in the character's thoughts is especially appealling. And it's one of the only books I've ever read that has a soundtrack to it... sort of... without giving anything away, I'll tell you to make sure you have a copy of George Thorogood's "Who Do You Love" and Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby" handy, and it'll make your reading experience that much more immersive. Also, it wouldn't hurt if you bring some "change for the machine".
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