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Idoru (Bridge Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1997
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“Idoru is a prophecy, a prayer for information baths that never drown the supplicant. It is also a text on paper, beautifully written, dense with metaphors that open the eyes to the new, dreamlike, intensely imagined, deeply plausible. It is a profoundly cunning advertisement for a world whose enclosed spaces—and infinite domains within the skull—we had better be prepared to join.”—The Washington Post Book World
“Gibson’s vision is disturbing, his speculation brilliant and his prose immaculate, cementing his reputation as the premier visionary working in SF today.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gibson envisions a future in which the lines between the virtual and the actual are terminally blurred. How ‘real’ are today's celebrities?...What will happen when the Web allows anyone—anyone at all—to be a star? With characteristic brilliance, the writer who invented the word cyberspace looks for answers.”—Rolling Stone
“Gibson remains, like Chandler, an intoxicating stylist...Clever and provocative scenery...vivid, slangy prose. Chia is one of his most winning creations.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Spooky...[Idoru is] a sharp satire on the uses and abuses of technology and has much to tell us about the dangerous path science has laid out for us.”—Baltimore Sun
“Gibson's trademark of high-tech pyrotechnics and dark psychological comedy is in evidence throughout Idoru, and his characters are as compelling as ever. Gibson’s novel should come with a warning label: Objects in novel may be closer than they appear.”—Time Out
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I'm a die-hard fan and this series is no different. Once you're in and invested in the characters, you're in for the long-haul
Gibson paints the tableau, puts you in the scenes as an unidentified co-conspirator and you're along for a very satisfying ride. I doubt this is the end of the Idoru journey...at least I hope not.
Set in a post-earthquake Tokyo of tomorrow, it is refreshingly not post-apocalyptic or dystopian but is atmospheric as hell and expands upon Gibson’s view of a potential future internet, while at its core remaining a strong action adventure novel featuring deep character development. Entertaining and worth the read, and holds up well even 22 years after original publication.
In this book, he describes a web that connects people all around the world. Fans of virtual idols. Social networks. Portable computers with virtual interfaces.
Besides what this may mean for us today, this is a fascinating book. With very well developed characters and a good plot. You can read this today in 2015 and it still feels like "the future". I guess not as it did back in the 90's, but it can be really fascinating.
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Although the middle novel in the Bridge trilogy, this works well as a stand alone book. Whilst it's not quite as significant as, say, Neuromancer it is still wonderfully rich and involving, with characters it's genuinely hard to let go of when the story ends. One of the things that struck me whilst pondering my review is how hard it is to pigeonhole this book. It somehow manages to be a cyberpunk masterpiece, a tale suitable for the YA crowd, for die hard SF fans and for those who love mystery and intrigue filled spy thrillers. There's even some aspects that will appeal to the most ardent of "chick-lit" devotees. I think that you would be hard pushed to find a reader who did not find some point of connection with this story....and for those who connect strongly the works of William Gibson can open up a whole new plush textured and wholly immersive world.
I love William Gibson's writing, so anything I put here would be biased. I could recommend it but it may not be to your taste at all - how would I know?