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Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards

Case was the sharpest data thief in the Matrix, until an ex-employer crippled his nervous system. Now a new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run against an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a mirror-eyed girl street-samurai riding shotgun, he's ready for the silicon-quick, bleakly prophetic a
Mass Market Paperback, 271 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Ace Books
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Deborah Ideiosepius Yes, it is. Gibson 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 g…more
Yes, it is. Gibson 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)
Liz I can't say about "1984," but I can tell you "Neuromancer" is NOTHING like "Brave New World." Neuromancer has a plot, characters with personalities, a…moreI can't say about "1984," but I can tell you "Neuromancer" is NOTHING like "Brave New World." Neuromancer has a plot, characters with personalities, and a world that feels full. Or to put it more simply, Gibson wrote an actual story, as opposed to a giant warning full of metaphors. (Not that anything's wrong with that...) (less)
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Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a wild ride. If you like Philip K. Dick’s writing and wondered what would happen if you extended his vision into the not too distant future, if you liked Bladerunner, if you liked The Matrix … and even if you like all the film and fiction that has made an attempt to be any of the above, you will love Neuromancer.

William Gibson said that while writing Neuromancer he went to see the Ridley Scott film Bladerunner and thought that his ideas for the book were hopelessly lost, that everyo

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 lifetim
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008, sci-fi
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
J.G. Keely
May 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 61%.
DNF graveyard

I am sorry, I really am. I tried really hard to finish it and made an attempt to resume reading after a break. I understand the huge influence the novel had on science fiction practically creating cyberpunk genre and introducing several words now in mainstream use. I fully acknowledge it. Let me say what was wrong with it - in my opinion.

If there was ever a victim of its own success, this book is it. It was so successful lots of people began developing the same theme and often much be
Mar 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
A bit of an embarrassment on the canon's part, really. Oooh Harsh! This one's "a landmark novel" that was actually ripped off by thousands of other sci-fi endeavors afterwards, like a chunk of meat devoured by the ever-hungry idea-challenged.

And it has explosive sentences with new and often-inexplicable lingo that ends making one feel alienated by the entire lit. crowd, this being a perennial favorite of theirs. It is a messy concoction thats too cool to let you ever, well, absorb. To allow you
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Matthew Quann
Neuromancer is a most peculiar novel that deserves a peculiar review. So,



1. The Reader With Delicate Sensibilities

Does swearing, violence, lots of sex, and drug use sends a shiver of disgust down your spine? Then this is likely not the book for you. Though it rarely veered into territory that made me uncomfortable, Neuromancer refuses to be censored an
Richard Derus
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan.
Manuel Antão
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1996
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Unhook the Modem: "Neuromancer" by William Gibson

“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 the 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 light
J.L.   Sutton
Reminding me of both hard-boiled detective novels in the style of Dashiell Hammett and the cyber punk genre it spawned (yeah, it definitely reminded me of the Matrix movies), though groundbreaking when it was published in 1984, to me William Gibson’s Neuromancer was more attitude and atmosphere than substance. The plot is very thin and predictable and I felt almost no connection to the characters. It wasn’t unenjoyable to read. There was some interesting use of language and it was quite possibly ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Leonard Gaya
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Towards the end of this novel, the protagonists, Case and Molly, are walking along the rooms of the Villa Straylight, which looks like an abandoned and labyrinthine library or museum, spinning in orbit around the Earth. At one point, Molly passes by the shattered glass pane of Marcel Duchamp’s masterpiece, La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même. Gibson’s reference to the cubist and dadaist artist, at this point of the novel, might look casual and unsubstantial; but to me, it implies a lo ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my third reading of Neuromancer, the first time was while in my teens decades ago, I hated it then and was not able to read more than 50 pages. The second time was around five years ago, I liked it better then but still found much of it inaccessible. This third reading was inspired by The Three-Body Problem which is only partially a cyberpunk book. I keep coming back to this problematic book not because I love it, but because the story and its iconic status interests me and I really wan ...more
mark monday
Jun 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
the following is a Reverse Exquisite Corpse Review, brought to you by the good folks at Sci Fi Aficionados.

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 being laid out t
Ian "Marvin" 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 compromis
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"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..."

A modern classic, as archetypal as they get. Quite a few thoughts were explored, but not a lot of fun
Andrew Smith
May 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
The thing is I just didn’t get it. I like my SF near future and close enough to present day reality for me to be able to translate what we do now into what we’re supposed to be doing (or able to do) in the future. If it’s too wild, or just too big a leap, my mind doesn’t seem to allow me to make the jump.

Then there’s the language thing. The use of a new vocabulary left me befuddled and confused. I honestly didn’t know what was going on most of the time. And when I did glean a bit of the narrati
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it

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.

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 w
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

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
Michael Finocchiaro
William Gibson's Neuromancer is considered a classic in the cyberpunk genre and, indeed, as I read it, I could definitely feel the influence it had other iconic cultural landmarks such as the film The Matrix. The book itself is confusing to say the least: all the characters are jacked up on drugs most of the time and the language becomes confusing as a result. The descriptions of cyberspace are also complex and, of course, visionary - how Gibson could have foreseen some of the insidious ways tha ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-hugo, a-nebula, sci-fi
This is the bible of cyberpunk. Everything I ever read which was written after this story, has something from it. This isn’t a novel to read for its plot or characters, but for the worldbuilding and the references. It comes to mind a thing I only said once about Heinlein’s All You Zombies, and that is: ‘this story is like a neutron star: small but with a weight beyond one's imagination.’

It’s too dense to be a light read and confusing most of the time if you don’t pay close attention to it; also,
L.S. Popovich
There is much to enjoy about Neuromancer, and as we all know, its influence reaches far in film and literature. But there was a lot about it that rubbed me the wrong way.

Its patina gloss shimmers at first, but soon sours, like sleek leather jumpsuits blurred by a g-force simulator. Gibson is a clever writer, and I will read more of his novels in the future. He writes with a stylized fervor that is rarely matched, the obsessive glossolalia of Nabokov and Ballard, but he transmogrifies his vision
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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