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SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION --
THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL OF THE PAST TWO DECADES
Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, "Neuromancer" didn't just explode onto the science fic...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published September 28th 1984 by Ace Books (NY) (first published 1984)
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Stephen
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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
Loren
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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
Keely
A lozenge is a shape. Like a cube, or a triangle, or a sphere. I know that every time he types it, you are going to imagine a cough drop flying serenely by, but it's a shape. It's from heraldry for god's sake. You may want to look up some synonyms to insert for yourself when he uses it, here are a few: diamond, rhombus, mascle.

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
Sandi
For well over 20 years, I have seen copies of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy shelves of nearly every bookstore I have gone into. I recently decided to pick up a copy and read it. I figured a book that’s been continuously in print for over twenty years and is considered a ground-breaking work in Science Fiction had to be good. I figured wrong.

“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
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Context. Sometimes the key to understanding something is context. And never is that more the case than with the book Neuromancer. Neuromancer is a very famous, genre creating/changing book, winner of many awards. I’m reading Neuromancer for the first time; while not quite done, I find the story to be decent and the writing to be ok. As just a book that I am reading, I would call it fair. But that is an evaluation without context.

Under what context does my evaluation change? Well, one of the firs...more
s.penkevich
Dec 18, 2011 s.penkevich rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who needs an escape from the Sprawl
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Drunkkidcatholic
I was watching Jeopardy a few weeks ago when I first heard of Gibson (Technology for 200: “I coined the term ‘cyberspace’”) and the next morning on my commute to work I heard another allusion to the Canadian author on NPR. A few days later, someone recommended I read Neuromancer so seeing as the stars were seemingly aligning to place a Gibson novel at the top of my ‘to-read’ list, I went out and bought this novel. I am glad I did. Not only did it remind me that I needed to read more sci-fi from...more
Catie
I am going to have to admit that I was utterly confused by the majority of this book. I mean,

“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
Shovelmonkey1
Oct 23, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who really like geometry
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
This book should be so covered in shiny, spangly stars to indicate all the sci-fi awards it has received that the cover should look like the milky way and possibly be shinier and brighter than the sun. I just had the plain old paper back version with no spangles. Very sad. I like a nice bit of shiny.

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
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

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
Clouds

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
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mark monday
the following is a Reverse Exquisite Corpse Review, brought to you by the good folks at Sci Fi Aficionados.
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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
K
Oct 25, 2009 K rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: cyberpunk fans
Recommended to K by: Dena Udren
True Confessions

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
Szplug
In hindsight, it seems that Neuromancer was a triumph of style over substance, a fact which might go some ways in explaining its enduring relevance as an ur-text of modern (science) fiction: that particular quality serving in meta, perhaps paradoxical fashion by both establishing a trend that was to become progressively more discernible while yet commenting on what was and, more impressively, that which would prevalently come to be. At the time I read this, though, such artsy-fartsy pondering wa...more
Ian [Paganus de] Graye
To Call Up a Demon, You Must Learn Its Name

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
Monk
This book is one of the relatively few 5-Star books I can rate. On a scale of 1 to 5, one means stay away from this book. Five is something that changes your life after you read it. Gibson's Neuromancer is a definite five.

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
E.B.
Oct 13, 2008 E.B. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Cyber Goths, Computer Programers, IT Pros
Wow. What a terrible book.

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
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 28, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Aaron who currently reads a lot of dystopian novels
Recommended to K.D. by: TIME Magazine 100 Best Novels; 1001 Must Read Books Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, 501, sci-fi
A mind-bender of a read. It has all the elements of a top rate science fiction and a post-industrial dystopian novel. First published in 1984, it was ahead of its time. It coined the term "cyberspace" which Gibson, long before the internet and other virtual technologies were integrated into everyday life, described as "a three-dimensional representation of computer data through which users communicate and do business, alongside a whole host of more dubious activities." In fact, this book said to...more
David
Jan 12, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: street samurai, cyberspace cowboys, RPG addicts
This is a book that, if you are approaching it for the first time, suffers from having been imitated so much that it seems derivative of its own successors. Neuromancer was genre-defining and it blew a million little geeky minds back in the day, but reading it in 2012, I failed to be enthralled by the goshwow factor. 'Cyberspace' is mainstream now, and stripped away of the novelty that made fans back in 1984 say "This is so fucking cool!" the book is kind of a techy-tech high concept thrill ride...more
Kat  Hooper
4.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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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
Dxarmbar06
Feb 26, 2008 Dxarmbar06 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone bored with scifi
I HATE contemporary scifi. I can't stand how everything at BN and Borders under "scifi" is little more than genre fiction, carved down into meaningless bad story telling that's layered with technological fluff and ramblings written at a sixth grade level. And cliche characters! Can't forget the Cliche Characters. I'd just about given up on science fiction....until I picked up Neuromancer.

The name itself called to me, and then I read the first sentance...

"The sky above the port was the color of t...more
Richard
This novel was recommended to me by several friends both inside and outside GoodReads as a classic in the genre. Well, with apologies to said friends, I read it, and I was singularly underwhelmed. I was confused through much of it. I was mystified by the description of technology (including microsofts--did Bill Gates read this thing before he sat down to start a multi-kazillion-dollar corporation)? And I didn't find myself engaged in the story or caring for any of the major characters until quit...more
Mike
The word "cyberspace" did not exist until William Gibson coined the phrase in his short story, "Burning Chrome," published in Omni Magazine in 1982. He also used the term in "Johnny Mnemonic," yes, the source of the Johnny Depp movie. And in Johnny Mnemonic, Gibson introduced an enhanced female street samurai named Molly Millions. She reappears as one of the main characters in "Neuromancer" in 1984. And it was with the publication of his debut novel that the use of the word "cyberspace" went vir...more
James
In the era of Blade Runner, Music Video, Cold-War Endgame, and skyrocketing crime rates; in the time of the very beginning of the digital revolution, Neuromancer hit like a ton of bricks. It took both trends and said, "here is what the future could be like." And while it wasn't pretty, it was interesting. It was cool. It was sexy. It even sounded like fun, in a short-lived, stimulant fueled sort of way.

The book's flaws are well documented. Case, the main character, is such an ass that by the end...more
Richard
Dec 24, 2009 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2008-12 SciFi Selection
I had the strangest sense of deja vu throughout this book. Possibly because Gibson tends to recycle ideas, but I also suspect I may have read it twenty years ago. The whole Ninja shooting blind thing was just too familiar. But perhaps he'd used that in a short story previously?

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
Emanuela
Questo romanzo è la "cosa" più fantascientifica che mi sia passata tra le mani. Sfiora l'incomprensibile.
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
Mike (the Paladin)
I sort of feel I ought to apologize for not liking this book...after all it won what Huck Finn would call a "whole raft" of awards... but I don't like it. As a matter of fact I will go so far as to say I dislike it.

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
Penny
I imagine this book is far better than I can give it credit for. Circumstance and timing proved bad in the end. I had a very stressful bad week of thesising and as a result I didn't pay enough attention. I'll have to re-read this one day.

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
Lit Bug
Neuromancer is a seminal archetypal cyberpunk work by William Gibson, and the first in the Sprawl trilogy. It is also the first work to win the science-fiction triple crown – the Hugo award, the Nebula award and the Philip K. Dick award. Today, the novel is considered synonymous with the word cyberpunk, and is listed as one of the 100 Best Novels of All Time by Time magazine.

Neuromancer has several aspects to its credit as a brilliant work. It is representative of the subgenre cyberpunk in that...more
Manny

The book that launched the whole cyberpunk genre... well of course it's brilliant. If you like SF at all, put this on your must-read list.
Silletta
Partiamo da una considerazione preliminare (e pure del tutto personale, se non volete annoiarvi avete il mio permesso per saltare allegramente al paragrafo successivo): io non sono per niente una lettrice di sci-fi. O meglio, non lo ero per niente fino a poco tempo fa: ero proprio una che snobbava la fantascienza con uno tse altezzoso, stronzetta come poche, convinta che non fosse per niente il genere per me (nonostante in effetti mi siano sempre piaciuti moltissimo alcuni telefilm di fantascien...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
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“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” 312 likes
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...” 123 likes
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