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Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986
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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.... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“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
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I think his story isn't "EPIC" by all means. Its scope is decidedly small. There are no hulking, destructive forces knocking down buildings, no gigantic battlefield that momentously decides the fate of some race or another. When a conflict presents itself, it's usually subversive in nature and play themselves out in individual, ground level. Gibson's Neuromancer was definitely quality over quantity for me in that, the little substance he offers all play a role in fleshing out his high-definition world. Even the details and quips that seem irrelevant all serve to give the book a direction. A direction that's very interesting the whole way through because it seems to thrive in a vacuum.
Read carefully, making note of each unfamiliar word or turn of phrase, or read quickly, glazing over what's unclear. Either way, the reading grows consistently smoother as the novel progresses.
It's a simple story, but enjoyable and engaging after the initial sludginess.
Neuromancer does the first, and doesn't bother with the second.
By far the most amazing thing about Neuromancer is the writing style. Gibson loves to use slang and technical terms, and the book just expects you to know them, or be able to figure it out quickly. This might not be for everyone, since it can make the story hard to follow, but I really liked it.
Fifteen years prior to Neuromancer, Alvin Toffler wrote the rather ponderous tome, "Future Shock." It claimed that people in modern society were suffering from culture shock, but in a time context. The world is changing so fast that we can't quite get settled in this ever-changing world. I have no idea whether Gibson read Toffler, but "Neuromancer" is a novel designed to make the reader experience something akin to future shock. And yet, if you stick with the novel, by the end the whole thing comes together. You will likely still be a bit discombobulated, but at least you understand the big picture and generally how the various characters fit into that picture. Of course, all of that is old hat now. But in spite of plethora of books in this genre, Neuromancer is still a great read.
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Too much techno BS thoughit is sell written.
Characters were too shallow!