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Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)
Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It changed forever the way we look at tomorrow and was the inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Matrix.
Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It ch...more
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He uses a lot of slang and concepts that you just have to figure out as you…moreYes, it is. Giibson does not over-explain his plots, characters or worlds.
He uses a lot of slang and concepts that you just have to figure out as you go into the world he has created, as the story progresses you will understand the details. Think of visiting a foreign country, where you barely know the language and none of the cultural mores; you just have to listen to what people say very closely to follow the subject matter.
I have read nearly everything Gibson ever wrote, I just started his newest book and had to remind myself how to read them, I kept getting hung up on the fact that I did not know what was happening and worrying that I had missed something obvious, but no, you just need to read and enjoy the ride!(less)
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Eureka!...Hallelujah!...I've had a wondrous epiphany!
I finally get it...I have seen the light and understanding has dawned. Gibson’s manifest brilliance has revealed itself to me and I am left humbled and quivering in AWE.
After a rocky, tumultuous courtship that oscillated between respect and frustration through my first two readings of Neuromancer, number 3 became the CHARMing, rapturous awakening into a hopelessly devoted, head over heals love affair that I’m confident will last a lifetime. ...more
The first time I tried to read Neuromancer, I stopped around page 25.
I was about 15 years old and I’d heard it was a classic, a must-read from 1984. So I picked it up and I plowed through the first chapter, scratching my head the whole time. Then I shoved it onto my bookshelf, where it was quickly forgotten. It was a dense, multilayered read, requiring more effort than a hormone-addled adolescent wanted to give. But few years later, I pulled the book do ...more
Now that the greatest obstacle in Gibson's vocabulary has been dealt with, I can tell you that he writes in one of the finest voices of any Science Fiction author. His ab ...more
“Neuromancer” is a very convoluted novel. It jumps from local to local and situation to situation in a very jerky way. To add to the ...more
Under what context does my evaluation change? Well, one of the firs ...more
“His eyes were eggs of unstable crystal, vibrating with a frequency whose name was rain and the sound of trains, suddenly sprouting a humming forest of hair-fine glass spines.”
How’s that again? Eggs…of humming rainforest glass? No?
Normally I would read a sentence like that and just throw in the towel. But for all its trippy, surreal, dense prose, this book still manages to convey so much. Reading it fee ...more
The Book Report: The seminal work of cyberpunk, the novel was published in 1984 as a mass-market paperback original. It's the story of a twenty-first century dominated by Japanese corporations, feeding off American talent, and dominating a planet only recently recovered (if one can call it that) from the most recent pandemic as well as a horrific war between the USSR and the USA. So far, Reality 1, Gibson 0...but wait.
Molly, Case, and Armitage are a weird little unit, chasing a ...more
1. I am a nerd.
(I know this is a shocking revelation from someone who spends most of her free time reading and writing book reviews for pleasure).
My overall personality, compounded by my sheltered religious background (as in, I spent most of my life going to school, marrying and having kids early, and being a homemaker with periodic stints in the workplace), makes it difficult for me to relate to characters who frequent bars, regularly use drugs, sleep around, and pepper their d ...more
I first read Neuromancer about 20 years ago. Writing with strokes instead of details is an interesting way to describe Gibson's writing. That's how I feel about some of the performance art I saw in my art school days. The strokes were far too numerous. I found it impossible to tell what was detail, what was colour, what was clue. I get bored with things ...more
Any goodreaders who have already perused my shelves will note that I am not someone who has read a great deal of science fiction. Is this a glaring oversight on my part? Hmm maybe.
I was persuaded t ...more
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.
This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up with ...more
First, let me just say that I read for entertainment value. Anything else that happens is gravy. That being said- the biggest reason this book is so awful is that Gibson's characters are completely hollow. Gibson makes it up as he goes along. He'll introduce a character, barely describe him and then 10 chapters later toss in another description. As if to say "Oh, yeah did I mention his hands were chainsaws? Yeah, they were totally chainsaws. Cool right?"
The reason this ...more
As punishment for a business indiscretion, Case, who lives for the "bodily exultation of cyberspace" (one of many neologisms first used in "Neuromancer"), is injected with a wartime Russian mycotoxin and hallucinates for 30 hours, only to suffer damage that is "minute, subtle and utterly effective".
He falls into a "prison of his own flesh". After some fringe medical treatment in Siberia reinvents him, he emerges debt-ridden and physically compromised, ...more
Neuromancer is the story of a burned-out hacker named Case. Having performed the one unforgivable crime of his shadowy business - stealing from his employer - he has literally been burned out. A Russian mycotoxin has destroyed his nervous sytem so accutely that he is no longer ...more
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
Henry Dorsett Case is a washed up computer hacker. He used to be one of the best, traveling cyberspace and sneaking through computer defenses, stealing money and information for his employers. But after he got greedy and embezzled some money, his employers damaged his brain so he can’t jack into cyberspace anymore. He spent the stolen money trying to get his ability back, but it didn’t work, and now he’s suicidal and wandering the squ ...more
This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Gibson has a real gift.
Think of Blade Runner - the movie with Harrison Ford. This book has the same kind of slick, urban, grimy, futuristic feel to it. It has aged wonderfully. Written in 1983, it has done nothing to date itself and still feels fresh and new and possible, even now.
Case is a hacker, it's what he lives for - being jacked in and connected to the matrix. But he loses that ability ...more
I didn't care much for the ending. I was expecting more from it. I thought the characters and constructs were very interesting and there were lots of very clever ideas thrown around in this novel. I didn't always know what was going on, but I'm not sure if that ...more
The book is in many ways far too impressed with itself. The characters are too fluid (are they all virtual?) They may be one way one time and different when next encountered or in another situation. The very construct of the book sort of allows the writer to go from description to de ...more
That leaves the modern reader relying on the enjoyment of the story itself. Unfortunately that is average at best. The story revolves ...more
Excuse me; I just woke up. I've been essentially asleep since first picking this book up a few days ago. I had to keep smacking myself to stay awake.
Cyberpunk. The matrix. Jacking in. Flipping. And on and on.
The cover of my book blurbs Washington Post, which uses words like "kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy." You lie, Washington Post. There's none of that here. There is no flash.
This is a story about drugs and computers and awkwardly phrased sex. (The sex itself isn't awkward, but it ...more
The book's flaws are well documented. Case, the main character, is such an ass that by the end ...more
While I agree that this was a foundational book for the cyberpunk subgenre, that doesn't really help it as a book. Time has just passed by his early take on cyberpunk (the contrast with the immersive experience in Neal Ste ...more
Provo a dare una mia umile interpretazione per uscire dal nero notte, attingendo a tre parole chiave del testo.
E' la perfezione del WYSIWYG, Quello che vedi è quello che ottieni. Sono continui flash di sinestesie,frullati percettivi, che schizzano fuori dall'interazione tra il Sistema Nervoso, il cyberspazio ed attivatori chimici, che creano proiezioni mentali senza riferimenti cartesiani, me ...more
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor ...more