Hardwired (Hardwired #1)
Ex-fighter pilot Cowboy, "hardwired" via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals.
Struggling to slap a rating on this novel really crystallized for me the problem with the current star rating system. It's not a bad book. It was moderately entertaining and had some excellent moments of action, story and character interaction.
It doesn't deserve the stigma that is associated with the 2 star rating.
However, I also didn't "like it" enough to bestow the 3rd star and thus proclaim to the world that all should read this. Tis a quandary.
Thus, I figured I could either round up to 3 ...more
Granted, back in those days, I might have picked it up, read the blurb, maybe a few random dozen pages, and concluded that it was ...more
Anyway, what I wanted to say was: if you liked that scene, then you'll probably like Hardwired too. Just my little tip for the day.
Hardwired takes place sometime in the more distant than not future. The Earth is not doing well. The oceans have rise, pollution is rampant, and the nations that are left standing have balkanized. From low earth orbit, the Orbitals, a group of spaceborne corporations, are calling the shots. Governments answer to them as they have the ulitmate in air superiori ...more
Honest and for true, this is the best novel to come out of the Cyberpunk movement; every time I read it I pick up on more layers-the way Williams uses myth, the ethical dilemmas the characters face, the postmodernity of the way much of the novel "lives" in the cultural referents of film and other Southwestern novels . . . really an amazing novel.
The novel has two protagonists, Cowboy, a former fighter pilot, and Sarah, a street smart "hired gun" who's trying to save her bro ...more
That sounds like criticism, but its not. Its style _over_ substance, not style instead of substance. There's a plot here, and its interesting enough, but its not the point. The point is the flash of neon on chrome and the sound of alcohol-fueled turbines drowning out the chatter of miniguns. Its raw and elegant. I liked the story, but if you're still reading to find out what happens next instead of _how_ it happens, then like ...more
Câblé est pour moi l’un des plus typiques, et, je dirais même, des plus purs, romans de cyberpunk que j’aie pu lire. Loin du Samouraï Virtuel de Stephenson, qui évolue dans une réalité elle aussi virtuelle, et des différentes aventures de Gibs ...more
I enjoy cyberpunk novels. This has all the ingredients of a cyberpunk novel. Evil Corporations, Implants, Cybernetics, Drugs and the Anti-Hero.
Williams has captured the internal struggle between the common man and "the man", aka the people with the power.
I found it hard to put the book down. The story starts off slow but then slams into to you with full force. The plot isn't so intricate that you get l ...more
The real strength of the novel is the characters. Cowboy and Sarah are famil ...more
There's some good action here, and the premise is solid, but it doesn't stand tremendously well on its own as a novel. I have not read the two sequels, and they may improve on the milieu, but independently, the book sets up a bunch of threads that are left dangling, and the conflict is resolved via a completely ridiculous deus ex machina that is only hinted it in one sentence elsew ...more
The setting -- an Earth dominated by and completely dependent on orbital corporations -- is unique and chillingly plausible, and the narrative fit ...more
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The Earth is a dystopian place, where people struggle to survive while the Orbitals - the richest people, the major companies, those who sit next to God - live in their orbiting platforms. Years ago the Orbitals bombed the Earth during a war destroying the major cities and ensuring the planet’s submission. What were once smaller towns have taken bigger roles, and people still live there: dirtgirls and mudboys, people stuck on Earth wh ...more
I've been reading a lot lately, and to be honest a lot of it has been dross. This isn't. It's pure 100% quality. In fact, I'm gutted that I have finished; it's the sort of book you want to go on forever, immersing you in a well written, coherent world. A must read, if you are into science fiction.
ETA: No, I am stupid. Of course I have read other Williams books... This is Not a Game, AND Deep State, and The Fourth Wall. I can't believe I forgot ...more
en el cyberpunk la ambientación lo es todo, se podría decir que en este tipo de literatura el estilo siempre debe de estar por encima de la sustancia, sin descuidar las tramas, que han de ser complejas e interensantes, pero lo importante es la form ...more
This book is amazing for the most part. It is a vivid depiction of a high-speed, high-tech society that is continuously falling apart at the seams. It is studded with cheeky in-universe headlines and advertisements that give it a kind of gonzo atmosphere, projecting the reader into the work by demanding that you interface directly with the same products that the characters do. There are many clever innovations ...more
And so the story goes that as I was heading off to Uni and my reading was expanding to takin ...more