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Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first time I tried to read Neuromancer, I stopped around page 25.
I was about 15 years old and I'd heard it was a classic, a must-read from 1984. So I picked it up and I plowed through the first chapter, scratching my head the whole time. Then I shoved it onto my bookshelf, where it was quickly forgotten. It was a dense, multilayered read, requiring more effort than a hormone-addled adolescent wanted to give. But few years later, I pulled the book down and gave it another chance. This time, William Gibson's dystopic rabbit hole swallowed me whole.
Neuromancer is basically a futuristic crime caper. The main character is Case, a burnt-out hacker, a cyberthief. When the book opens, a disgruntled employer has irrevocably destroyed parts of his nervous system with a mycotoxin, meaning he can't jack into the matrix, an abstract representation of earth's computer network. Then he receives a suspiciously sweet offer: A mysterious employer will fix him up if he'll sign on for a special job. He cautiously agrees and finds himself joined by a schizophrenic ex-Special Forces colonel; a perverse performance artist who wrecks havoc with his holographic imaginings; a long-dead mentor whose personality has been encoded as a ROM construct; and a nubile mercenary with silver lenses implanted over her eyes, retractable razors beneath her fingernails and one heckuva chip on her shoulder. Case soon learns that the target he's supposed to crack and his employer and are one and the same -- an artificial intelligence named Wintermute.
Unlike most crime thrillers and many works of speculative fiction, Neuromancer is interested in a whole lot more that plot development.Read more ›
"Matter of fact dialogue."
"I forgot who is talking."
"Pay more attention."
"How long does this go on?"
"About two hundred pages."
"Will I get used to it?"
Completely different place now. Character with three different names. Try to keep up.
Drugs. Plopping down like a fat woman, sending crashing waves through spinal fluid. There is no tub to contain it.
People shooting each other now. The city is full of colorful lights and impossible geometry. The doorknob smells like ganja.
"Case. Jack in."
"I need more drugs."
One hundred ninety pages to go.
They're using swords now.
Now the swords are drugs. They have been all along.
'Neuromancer' is the story of Case: a hacker-type, cyberpunk, whatever you want to call him. He makes hackers of today look like amateurs - he totally immerses himself into the machine. Washed-up and raked over the coals, he gets a chance at a come back, even if it isn't on the most pleasant of terms.
Read this book if you are a science fiction fan - if for no other reason than to see what all the hype is about. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
"imaginary" future Gibson has created is somewhat familiar,
yet bizarre enough to leave one grasping for understanding in the beginning pages. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down! My constant back thought as I read was the absolute awe that I felt for Gibson's ability to envision a computer
world so 1990's true to life at a time when Apple had yet to
create their first Mac! Gibson's description of "jacking in" to the net, and "flipping" is so close to today's "logging on" and "quick-switching" that it gave me goosebumps each time he used the terms! Gibson was truly
touched by the muse of inspiration when writing "Neuromancer", and I'm sure we'll see more of his *prophecies* come to pass before the millenium.
This is advised reading for all who wish to understand the
potential of the internet and the World Wide Web. Just take it slow, by osmosis you'll get the scenario, and by the final chapter--you'll know the concept. You'll be awestruck
too, I guarantee!
Can't wait to read Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive!
I enjoyed the book the way one might enjoy a big Hollywood movie. The characterizations and plot were shallow and taken directly from noir and pulp fictions, no doubt about it. However, for all the times I've seen noir plots, I still enjoy them. I think the author made things fun, and kept the story going along smoothly. The ending did fall a little flat, but cyberpunk as a genre seems to flop the endings, and this was at least decent.
Also, I think it's easy to appreciate the futuristic setting of the book. True, it's a largely outdated view of the future, but it's an interesting world, and it's fun to see just how much Gibson got right back in 1984. I read this when I stayed live in post-bubble Osaka, and the book's view of the fringes of an efficient high-tech society struck a chord with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Neuromancer is the classic novel that kickstarted the cyberpunk genre. It didn't invent cyberpunk, but it certainly set the tone for all the novels and movis that followed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Nigel G Mitchell
This is a excellent book. I read it when I was younger, but appreciate it in a much different way now that decades have passed and technilogy has advanced. Read morePublished 6 days ago by M. Richards
I got as far as page 109, but life is too short to waste any more time on this book. I'm trying to read classic sci-fi, and this was on some lists of top sci-fi books, but the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Novatian
Even though it is dated, having been written well before the world wide web existed, its anticipation of the web allows it to relevant even today in 2016. Read morePublished 8 days ago by theshowmecanuck
I love all of Bill Gibson's work but this is the one that got me started. I am looking forward to meeting the likes of Wintermute and hope the Hollywood Frankenstein complex is... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dunning Idle
It was fine. Something new. Was recommended to me by another sci-fi fan. It was a cool and different cyberpunk environment.Published 14 days ago by Alexander Salem
I read Neuromancer for the 1st time 20 years ago and I still keep on coming back. Cyberpunk readers today might plow through the book and just enjoy it, but what amazes me is that... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Honkanen Ossi T