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Web of Angels

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From the bestselling author of The Final Reflection, comes the first cyberpunk novel. Grailer is a Webspinner, one of the handful of extraordinary people who can manipulate the Web--literally the mind of the universe. He is thus a space outlaw and must go underground, until his powers are tested--and he is ready to do battle with the Web itself.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Tor Books (first published 1980)
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Oct 26, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was ok
I am a very big fan of Ford's work, and I wanted to love this novel, but I did not; I liked it, and it has many fine things in it, but it does not hold together quite like it needed to. It read rather as separate stories linked together, and the connecting matter not strong enough or inclusive enough to make a line through the entire book. I think it is still worth the reading, especially for those interested in the early days of cyberpunk -- not that this novel is cyberpunk, but it touches on t ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Macha rated it really liked it
his first novel, actually the first true cyberpunk novel, published in 1980, and amazingly predictive about the shape of the WWW that was still to emerge. it's kind of a difficult novel to read in places, as Ford never stops to expand on anything: though it comes in at 311 pp, a normal length at the time, it really needs about 700 pp (more normal for a major sf work now) to fill out the world, characters, and timeline; i always wonder whether it was massively cut to fit, or whether his editor ne ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Hirondelle rated it liked it
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I remember being somewhat shocked when I read it of how accurate a prediction of the www it was, written way way back in 1980. I was an incurable sf junkie when I was a teen and this is one of the few books that where some extrapolatin just feels right - oh, not the setting, which IIRC is very sfictional, but the concept of what the web is and works, surprisingly right.

About the book itself, he wrote better but then again he wrote worse also. I am a fan of his style, though it might not be for e
Apr 06, 2012 Eumachia rated it liked it
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I read this ages ago but left it on a Greyhound bus and never finished it. Should pick it up again at some point.
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John Milo "Mike" Ford was a science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer and poet.

Ford was regarded (and obituaries, tributes and memories describe him) as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a popular contributor to several online discussions. He composed poems, often improvised, in both complicated forms and blank verse, notably Shakespearean pastiche; he also wrot
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