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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
“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
"Streetwise SF... one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon." --London Times
“Unforgettable…the richness of Gibson’s world is incredible.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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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I first read Neuromancer in 1998, and it felt prophetic then. That hasn't changed. Even as real-world technology and society evolves, Neuromancer manages to keep pace. It's 2014 and Neuromancer is just as relevant and thought-provoking today as it was when it was first published way back in 1984. Aside from the conspicuous absence of cellular devices, the setting so brilliantly wrought in the novel still seems like it's just a couple of miles down the road, in our future. My not-yet-teenage kids could someday visit Chiba City and bump into Case or Molly Millions- Gibson makes it so easy to imagine. Neuromancer is a masterpiece of science fiction and, I would argue, English language literature in general. It is just as satisfying and immersive today, after many reads, as it was the first time I read it.
If you end up reading Neuromancer and enjoy it, I highly recommend the other books in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and the three of the short stories in the collection Burning Chrome. Gibson's next three novels, known collectively as the Bridge Trilogy are good, but pale in comparison. That said, Gibson's "good" is most other contemporary and current authors' best.
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.
The opening line of Necromancer is often cited as an example of creative writing. Rather than opening with "It was a dark and stormy night" Gibson introduces us to his world with, "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
""It's not like I'm using," Case heard someone say, as he shouldered his way through the crowd around the door of the Chat. "It's like my body's developed this massive drug deficiency." It was a Sprawl voice and a Sprawl joke. The Chatsubo was a bar for professional expatriates; you could drink there for a week and never hear two words in Japanese...."
Welcome to the Sprawl...
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I didn't understand the language as they're outdated.
Overall great arc, and characters.