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Neuromancer Paperback – July 1, 2000
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“Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications.”—The New York Times
“Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance.”—The Washington Post
“[Gibson]...invented the future with Neuromancer.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A mindbender of a read...fully realized in its geopolitical, technological, and psychosexual dimensions.”—Village Voice
“Science fiction of exceptional texture and vision.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Unforgettable...The richness of Gibson's world is incredible.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Here is an entirely new world, intense as an electric shock. William Gibson's prose, astonishing in its clarity and skill, becomes high-tech electric poetry...An enthralling adventure story, as brilliant and coherent as a laser. This is why science fiction was invented!”—Bruce Sterling
About the Author
William Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula Award in 1984. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
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The story starts with the main character Case who is in Chiba and hangs around. He used to be plugged in the matrix all the time, but he made a mistake and they removed his implants (and purpose of living). So he just hangs out, but encounters some strange people who can help him to get connected again. He'll just have to... well... I won't give away what will all happen.
The book is full of wonderful science fiction. A significant amount plays in cyberspace with viruses, ROMs and AI filling the landscape. The real life plays in futuristic places described in a wonderful amount of details, implants, action, drugs and sex. The stories mysteries gradually unfold over the book and is full of surprises and twists.
Recommended for lovers of science fiction.
I won't describe the plot, as one of the greatest joys of this book is the sense of possibility and disorientation as the narrative zips around, always threatening to leave you behind but slowing just enough for you to follow. So suffice to say that a book like this -- which manages to elaborate a complex, vibrant world without sacrificing the thrilling narrative pace or complex characterization -- is a rare treasure.
One of the aspects of the world Gibson most gets right is how the characters use technology, and how that technology leads to a splintering, not unification, of culture. In stories like Star Trek or Dune, humanity seems to use only a few major technologies and generally see itself as part of the same shared culture and history despite being spread over a galactic empire. Long before the Internet, Gibson predicted how technology would lead to the destruction of this monoculture. In Neuromancer, wonderful and terrifying human enhancements are developed in grimy back-alley clinics, and subcultures rise, peak, and fall within months. The diversity and vibrancy of Neuromancer's world is equal parts inspiring and horrifying; there is a constant sense of overload, that you and the protagonists can only understand a tiny sliver of what you're being shown. Perhaps you'll even feel outright horror, as some of the darker corners of this future Earth come into focus. But there is also a sense of magic and joy to this dark, confusing, violent world. It's unmistakably alive, and more like our own Earth than we'd care to admit.
Gibson's foresight and wonderfully complex character building make this book an absolute awesome read. There are three other books written in a similar vein that tie in together that I also *highly* recommend and those would be Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Burning Chrome.
This is, literally, my favorite Sci-Fi book.