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Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1984
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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
“Science fiction of exceptional texture and vision...Gibson opens up a new genre, with a finely crafted grittiness.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Epic in scale...shimmers like chrome in a desert sun.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A revolutionary novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“In with the ruthless violence, the hyperreality, the betrayal and death, is an unquenchable love of language. Gibson has that in common with Le Guin and with J. G. Ballard. Neuromancer sings to us as a collage of voices, a mixed chorus, some trustworthy and others malicious, some piped through masks.”—James Gleick
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (July 1, 1984)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 271 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441569595
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441569595
- Lexile measure : 790L
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.86 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am so relieved it’s finally over.
One of the most painfully boring and confusing books I’ve ever read. The author offers virtually no world building or explanation; rather he throws all these foreign and made up terms at you without defining them and just expects you to catch on. Same with characters. I didn’t care about a single one of them, and honestly I only kept up with the plot by periodically referencing Wikipedia. Even having understood the plot from Wikipedia, it’s really not that intriguing.
I have no idea what fans see in this, and I’d recommend something like Snow Crash instead.
I have never liked this book, despite sincere, repeated efforts to enjoy it and despite the enthusiasm of some of my friends for it.
The first two times I read the book, suddenly I reached the end and really could not make sense of what happened, thinking to myself: "Is that it? What happened? Where's the plot?". (Now that there's Wikipedia, I read *that* summary so I know what to look for -- if a book requires the equivalent of "Cliff Notes" to be comprehensible, that cannot be a worthwhile book, IMHO.)
To me, the book has always read like someone trying too hard to be cool, to impress and to sound scientifically and technologically savvy, but is really just a poser and a neophyte and is essentially ignorant (but can handle a dictionary and an encyclopedia to give appearances of knowledge). The language and sentences seem written to appeal to a teenage males (which I *was*, at the first reading!), but under close scrutiny frequently carry little content (but can *sound cool*) and less meaning. A more ruthless, and critical, editor would have helped.
Previously, I would have rated Neuromancer just one star, but reading the Wikipedia summary and trudging through the author's inflated prose, I think a genuinely interesting and innovative plot lies buried. So I'll give it an additional star in recognition of that.
Coda: Sorry to blast a book that so many rate highly and that has been showered with rewards and recognition, but there it is. (I also read Burning Chrome, Mona Lisa Overdrive *and* Count Zero, and have roughly the same opinion of them as well.)
My husband read it first and hated it. He recommended that I not read it at all. I think he’d give it zero stars if he could. He said it was a total waste of time. I tried reading the first few chapters a few times, then decided to trash it.
Reminded me of the JRR Tolkien books, which were difficult to read, but I thouroughly enjoyed. I read those in high school, maybe I’m not as patient as I was back then.
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I think if you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre and AI, they you will likely love this book, but the genre for me was only an intrigue and it bought me to this book.
I wouldn't let me review put you off, it was merely my experience with the book. Many many people enjoy this iconic book.
Whilst the depiction of the world inside a computer is a little silly, with data visualized as physical form, you'd have to credit this as contributing to everything that followed, from Tron to the Matrix and beyond. And I can't help thinking that Case's anarchic life on the edge of legality and society is a remarkable foretlling of the hacker society that would not really come into existence until 20 years after the book was written.
I know that it's part of a trilogy, but the way it ends is weak.
If you like having to work hard to understand some of it, then you might enjoy this, I didn't. I get the feeling that the difficult to understand descriptions made perfect sense in the authors mind, but he didn't think about how the reader might find this. Or he didn't understand some of those parts himself and just threw them in anyway. I was pleased to finish it, Now I want to forget about it.