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on September 29, 2005
Marc D. Giller wrote a cyberpunk novel. A solid one, though not really original. I read it, and mostly enjoyed. What I don't understand, is what authors like Neal Asher and Richard Morgan doing praising this book?

Yes, the novel has cyberjacks, Yakudza, cool shades, kung-fu, etc. There are people, downloading data into their brains and running from the corporations (Johnny-mnemonic, anyone?)

There is nothing wrong with all of the above, but it had been done before. The fact, that there are two badass females, and not one, is not enough to make the book stand out.

Gibson made his world alive through good prose. Gillers' prose is... well, it just is. As the plot, it's not bad, but it's not inspired, either. I had a small problem, when the book set in the late 21st century started pop-culture references. I can buy Butch Cassidy reference for the merit of the movie. Batgirl - that's going on a limb. But Miss Congeniality? Does Mr. Giller really think that movie will be known 100 years from now?

This is all minor, but the thing is, there is nothing major wrong with this book. Or major right with it. Maybe for the post-matrix generation, who haven't heard of cyberpunk before, this book will be a revelation. But if you've read William Gibsons' "Neuromancer", then you don't need to waste your time on this copy.
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