Count Zero (Sprawl #2)
Count Zero is much...more
"They plot with men, my other selves, and men imagine they are gods."
Several years have passed since Molly and Case freed the AI who calls himself Neuromancer. Neuromancer’s been busy and now his plots have widened to involve several people whom we meet in Count Zero:
Turner is a recently reconstructed mercenary who’s been hired by the Hosaka Corporation to extract Christopher Mitchell and his daughter Angie from Mitchell’s job at Maas Biolabs. Mitchell is...more
Reading William Gibson reminds me of the inspirations that led me to write my first published book. Though, I am no master of the craft as Gibson is, the short, abrupt approach to descriptions and movin...more
Don't you love a book that you can't put down; we all like different aspects of novels etc, but it's so wondrous when a writer opens your mind, entertains you, challenges you ...
I can only think of a few books that have done that "over the journey" (to use one my most hated phrases!); Lord of the Rings and World According to Garp another two examples (not all, just another two).
I started reading it one evening late and read unt...more
But the book's still a rocking good read, seemingly splashed on the page with strokes of such verve at times it feels like it's careening out of control. It's a bit fractal - the novel as a whole feels like a leviathan spaceship-cum-junkyard, bits hanging off it everywhere, but the whole thing set in unstoppable forward motion.
I feel guil...more
In the southwestern USA, Turner, a corporate mercenary soldier, has been hired out to help Mitc...more
* Count Zero
* Mona Lisa Overdrive
Gibson invented the cyberpunk subgenre with this plot-wise loosely connected series of books and he revitalized SciFi in the process. His sparse, cool prose and his approach to characterization mark the writing of many of his successors, probably chief among those Neal Stephenson.
His descriptions of cyberculture have aged well, since he was wise enough not to be too specific about hardware and software. He himself at...more
Well, just like with Neurmonancer, William Gibson’s amazing command of the English language, coupled with his incredible writing style was not enough for me to love Count Zero. It is very well written, fast paced, filled with cool sci-fi action scenes and gadgetry, and not overly long in length.
The problem with this book is that I really never cared one bit about any of the characters in this book, or in book one for that matter. As a result, all the world building, science, and cool gadg...more
Until I stumbled (literally) across this book at a used bookstore, I had not realized that it was the follow-on to Gibson’s famous ‘Neuromancer’. For those unfamiliar, Gibson is credited with creating cyber-punk, the first to use the phrase cyberspace and even as the predictor of the World Wide Web. Given that he wrote short stories and these novels about plugging into a computer structure, where a whole world connected in the early 80’s, the credit seems due. This...more
Creo que Count Zero cumple esas prerrogativas, ya que el cyberpunk es un subgénero que me motiva muchísimo al aunar un tufillo a novela negra (que tanto me gusta), la ciencia ficción y la investigación social en las distopias futuristas.
William Gibson recoge la trama en u...more
Unfortunately, he gets too caught up in the visual style of the world, and the details about what's going on tend to be neglected.
Compared to Neuromancer, Count Zero is a much better book, at...more
Sometimes, I even start at the end! Even then, I don't work backwards logically. Nope. Not me.
So, it was with some surprise that I read the wiki on this book and learned that the "cyberspace gods" referred to, hinted at, derided, and viewed with suspicion in this book are the leftovers of characters from the last book. Well. Nobody told me. It would have been nice if they had!
I may never go...more
However, in William Gibson's standard style the book opens with a complete mind fuck. It's Earth but not the one you know. It's a future vision of our planet with elements that make you want to be there while at the same time hoping we don't go down his dark path into the world he sees being created by technology.
Done now and I enjoy...more
"Bobby had been trying to chart a way out of this landscap...more
I really wanted to like this book. When I read Neuromancer earlier this year, I found it severely dated in ways Gibson said he was kicking himself over. But that really didn't matter to me. I fell in love with his hilariously naïve version of cyberspace, with the poverty-stricken but technologically ascendant Sprawl, with the fact that despite all the obvious anachronisms and '80s baggage it carried, I could still believe I was reading a history of the future. Though I'd never been a fan of the...more
Much of the story seemed to go over my head with the constant use of slang. I didn't consider the entire thing very...more
Between the first two books of the trilogy, Gibson has managed to create not only an interesting future world, but an entire culture. Everything including language, religio...more
Neuromancer seems more of a macro-scale novel, looking more at the big picture of the AI and how the cybernetic upgrades and such function in society. There is more revelry in the sheer possibility of the technology written about in the story.
Count Zero looks at these ideas from the micro-scal...more
The writing is classic Gibson with great descriptive passages that read like poetry. I especially like the opening scenes in Mexico; a hot airport, a bus ride on a mountain road, and a cheap hotel room near the beach.
Count Zero is grittier than Neuromancer with less concentration on the Matrix and more on vehicles and hardware. The main character is a corporate me...more
These, along with Mona Lisa Overdrive, are a classic science fiction trilogy, and they definitely show their age. The author ran far with some technologies, and completely missed others (like telephones and wireless) so the books now sort of have a steam-punk vibe.
The problem I had with these books was that I had a hard time following all the...more
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