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Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986
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Praise for Neuromancer
“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
“William Gibson’s Neuromancer...brings an entirely new electronic punk sensibility to SF, both in content and prose style. It has been a long time indeed since a first novel established such a new and unusual voice with this degree of strength and surety.”—Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine
“The quintessence of cyberpunk.”—The Washington Post Book World
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 book is a page-turner with a racy plot. It's cyberpunk with a Maltese Falcon tint. Due to its focus on what I imagine to be the "underground" of even this futuristic world, it also brings to mind Dog Soldiers. At the very end, though, we catch a glimpse of an only hinted-at return to normalcy for the main character. And this, after all, grounds the dystopian vision. The implication seems to be that the immortality implied by virtual existence is either a chimera or, at its root, an undesirable outcome.
Along the way, Gibson throws in body modification surgery, space colonies, exotic and deadly drugs, an unsettling take on prostitution, and more. Gibson shows us hundreds of scenes where the old musty world shows through, just as you can see an old-fashioned black-and-white television in your grandmother's living room. His detailed sense of historic nostalgia illuminates the whole novel.
Gibson also introduces a score of supporting and minor characters. Julius Deane, Linda Lee, Dixie Flatline, and The Finn could each support whole novellas on their own. Not to mention Molly!
On the surface, the scene where Case accomplishes his quest is the climax of the novel. However, on this reading, I preferred the scene where Case meets Neuromancer as the heart of the story.
If this is the first time you've delved into cyberpunk it will be a great read, but if you've consumed much of the genre your read will be somewhat diminished.
Even so, I recommend this to everyone.
I only wish I could have read it when it was originally published.
The story kept me entertained and curious: what the hell is going on? I don’t know but it is fascinating. Much like the characters don’t know for sure either. That lack of certainty is a driving theme, and it is not used as a cliffhanger tease but more like a matter of fact: that’s life in this world.
I am dying to see a movie version of this but I fear Hollywood couldn’t be faithful to the original. This reads a lot like a Japanese anime.
Fans of sci fi owe it to themselves to read this.