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Synners (SF Masterworks) Paperback – November 13, 2012
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Synners uses familiar Cyberpunk concepts such as global computer networks, direct computer linkups to the brain, enhanced recreational drugs, young hackers and a modified form of rock music. This story revolves around the introduction of new technology, such as implants to treat depression and brain sockets to enhance entertainment. It also revolves around what happens when new technology begins to do the unexpected.
Synners is presented at a perfect pace and is told in a multi-threaded style, where the characters intertwine with each other. The character development and plot are written with elaborate detail, but the theme is very simple. This book is very entertaining, even though concentration and close attention are needed in order to understand what is happening. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend reading it.
The characters are nearly as sharp as the lines, and the world-building is complex -an info-LA plugged into every form of VR there was, from appetite-suppressant implants to insty-parties for the suburban wannabes, via somebody's gypsy cam and somebody else's wired up hot-suit. It has excellent space opera sub-stories, and wild ideas about the old SF chestnuts like, What is Human, and new ones like how human brain events might affect cyberspace.
With 20 years and change since the first reads, I worried that, like so many near-future cutting-edge novels, it wouldn't work when the future caught up. But the info-scene is actually right in line, the comp. science was so well done it hardly feels dated. The frenzy about viruses is all that seems a bit retrospective now. But the story still belts along like Metallica on fast forward, and the scenarios haven't lost an inch of punch. Esp. the melt-down viral breakout and the last showdown on the virtual lake-side - quick nod to "Stranger on the Shore" - with its scene-jumping almost as fast and confusing for the reader as it is for Gina and Gabe.
A few books aren't just a good read, but become a world you don't want to leave. I'm happy *Synners* is still in that small pile for me. If that's too far up the stupidsphere for anyone to whack to, in Synnerspeak - well,that's real shame for them.
Synners is set in the future and is mainly based on this close-knit group of hackers that use information sent to them by a friend to stop a big business from creating implants and inserting them into people of all types, including young children. This business, Diversifications, says it will be used to stop learning and mental problems but everyone is quite wry of this new development. The problem is that this big business wants to use music videos to promote them. This is a problem because then it would reach too many people, even people who had no need for them. Synners gives you a very person-friendly technological atmosphere and tons of action.
Cadigan uses this plot to bring in an intriguing and very technology based theme. She also uses an element of mystery into the book to grab and keep the readers attention. Synners is a great read for anyone who is the least bit interested in technology and mystery. Cadigan does a great job of keeping the book interesting. If you do chose to read this book make sure you are ready for a confusing ride through the minds of many different characters and character-types.
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Very much in the genre of William Gibson. If you like Cyberpunk, this is a good one.Published 15 months ago by John D Laupheimer
A welcome e-book reissue of Cadigan's classic. A personal favorite from an author I wished was a lot better known and more prolific. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by D. Kittrell
It is interesting to see the language Cadigan was using in this book, circa 1990 : war porn, food porn, etc., being used in exactly the same way now. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
Yeah and if you thought the review's title was ridiculous...
It's not so much that the book is confusing or that the characters could use a bit more depth, it's that... Read more
Pat Cadigan's "Synners" - excellent, highly complex, cyberpunk sci-fi by an author I now very much want to read more of. Read morePublished on September 21, 2006 by Semioticghost
To tell you the truth, I couldn't make heads nor tails out of this book. The language is too far away from even modern, and the characters are confusing. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by D. L. Horspool
This was only the second cyberpunk novel I've ever read and I rather enjoyed it. Cadigan created truly believable characters. Read morePublished on April 25, 2005 by Katherine M. Meadows
This book is awful. The writing is bad, the plot is thin, the characters are underdeveloped. Synners had potential, but ruined it with pages and pages of dream-type sequences and... Read morePublished on January 18, 2003 by C. Swanson