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Neuromancer

(Sprawl #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  291,700 ratings  ·  11,505 reviews
Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.

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

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Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Ace (first published July 1984)
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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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Lyn
Wow.

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
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Sandi
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 lifetim
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Let's get digital in one of the milestones of modern Sci-fi enabling a little beast called Cyberpunk, also known as the coming future, to enter the scene.

His Nostradamiam abilities don´t just include the internet, but also corporatocracies controlling everything, cannibalizing the state, grown out of the once, in a very short period of time between 1945 and 1970 in some regions, fairer social and economic systems, now making neoliberals and Milton fangirls and boys happy because they can watch
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J.G. 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
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Gene
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
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Loren
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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E.B.
Mar 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
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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
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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 down 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 lot ...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
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J.L.   Sutton
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”

William Gibson's Neuromancer: A Novel Ahead Of Its Time — CyberPunks.com

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 unenjoyab
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Fabian
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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s.penkevich
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Matthew Quann
Neuromancer is a most peculiar novel that deserves a peculiar review. So,

THREE PEOPLE WHO WILL (PROBABLY) NOT LIKE Neuromancer AND THREE PEOPLE WHO (PROBABLY) WILL :

THREE PEOPLE WHO WILL (PROBABLY) NOT LIKE Neuromancer

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
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N
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
To say that this book was out of my comfort zone is an understatement. It took me forever to read and I took week-long breaks, however, I knew from the very beginning this is definitely not a #dnf!

I can't say what the experience is like if you are a sci-fi reader, but for a newbie like me, it is a rollercoaster ride. I spent the first 50 pages in confusion thinking something is wrong with my brain, why don't I understand what this man is talking about?! Then something clicked and I learned to ro
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K
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
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Richard Derus
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Phrynne
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this book in fear and trepidation having already glanced at the reviews. Many of them ranged from disdainful to damning but I took heart from the people who did like it and, after all, it is the winner of many prestigious awards.

I loved it. For me it was a sci fi thriller, two of my favourite genres rolled into one. I was grabbed immediately by the characters of Case and Molly - especially Molly with her attitude, her mirror eyes and the blades under her finger nails. And do no
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Michael || TheNeverendingTBR
This book started off interesting but by the end it seemed convoluted, I've heard good things about this book over the years but the writing style just isn’t for me.

I found the story difficult to follow because it jumps around a lot.

There was potential for world building but I could never see it in my mind's eye, due to the poor writing which lacked details.

The storyline could have been cool, but the author just complicates it.

Disappointing.
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Apatt
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew Smith
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
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Blaine
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
Science fiction is one of my favorite genres, using different worlds or possible futures to say something about our present condition. The Time Machine. Jurassic Park. This Is How You Lose the Time War. As part of reading my way through the Pop Chart Lab 100 Essential Novels list, I finally made the time to read Neuromancer, another sci-fi classic that has lurked on my TBR pile for years.

Neuromancer is probably most f
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mark monday
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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 being laid out t
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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.
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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
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Michael Finocchiaro
One of the true scifi classics that inspired so many blockbuster movies. A cyberpunk extravaganza with drugs, sex and lots of tech. A very fun read. I don't know why I didn't write a review immediately after reading it, so to be fair I'll have to reread and write a proper review!

I do recall that it gave me a good visual for listening to Sonic Youth’s song “The Sprawl” on their extraordinary Daydream Nation album.
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Lots of thoughts. Lots to process.
Hmm.
Shovelmonkey1
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Markus
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
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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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