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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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Neal Stephenson and have read all his books, then this is a must read that you will thoroughly enjoy.Published 28 days ago by Moses Gaster
An absolute must read for any fan of the genre or of sci fi in general.Published 1 month ago by Jon S
I love Gibson's short stories so much!!! One of my favorite collections ever.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
These are Gibson's short stories, so they're what you expect - early product that show the signs of the master of the craft he will become. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wormer
A landmark in modern Science Fiction, and the global breakout vehicle for William Gibson. Following a rich period for SciFi after WW2, the genre had begun to stagnate: the mantles... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Z∞
Welcome to the Sprawl. Jonny Mnemonic, Burning Chrome and a half a dozen other stories lay the ground work for what would become some of the foundational stories of the Cyberpunk... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kg4giy
Read carefully the information about the content of this book. All the short stories were written previously to 1990 and that is OK if you want to read old genre SF. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Always Already