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Идору (Bridge #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  17,934 Ratings  ·  444 Reviews
Япония после катастрофического землетрясения. Нанотехнологические небоскребы. Ночной клуб по мотивам Франца Кафки. "Идол молодежи, певец Рез, собирается жениться на виртуальной актрисе Рэи Тоэи"... Если настоящее иногда кажется сном, то будущее - только продолжение этого сна. В этом будущем и развивается сюжет "Идору", второй, после "Виртуального света", части "трилогии Мо ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published 2003 by У-Фактория (first published September 4th 1996)
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Nat Stone you can read it stand alone! i read idoru then virtual light and it would have been same experience both ways
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Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, it seems like I would really like William Gibson, from what I've heard of him, but there's something about his writing that leaves too much out. This book is the first of his I've been able to finish. I still don't feel like I understood everything he was trying to say--something about a melding of science and nature, centered around the music star Rez and the idoru Rei. It was interesting, but I kept feeling like it was something I was reading out of the corner of my eye, and every ti ...more
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jaded futurists in search of "that physical thing"
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, music, scifi

Last night my daughter introduced me to one of her hot new things on YouTube: Hatsune Miku, a purely synthetic pop star. In return, I introduced her to this book in which Gibson predicts such a thing, twenty years ago. Then we checked out her other hot new thing, the PBS Idea Channel and among other things, we watched Mike Rugnetta talk about the connections between Gibson, Hatsune Miku, Lana del Rey, pop culture, technology and art. And then I told her about a show that used to be o
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taman kada čovek pomisli da se istrošio i da period stagnacije u knjizi najavljuje dosadu, mašinerija se pokreće i ne dozvoljava da ispustite knjigu iz ruku.
Gibson ko Gibson - odličan, inspirativan, kreativan, imaginativan.
Bodosika Bodosika
I really thought I will enjoy this but it seems too unrealistic for me barely able to finish this.
Maryana Pinchuk
As with Virtual Light, the selling point of this book is the setting, not so much the story. Gibson's futuristic Tokyo is not too different from present-day Tokyo, but it's still fun to walk the streets of nanotechnology-enhanced Shinjuku and feel the uncanny thrill of a place that is at once familiar and wholly strange.

And, as with Virtual Light, I found myself far more engrossed in the coming-of-age side-story than the hardboiled noire backbone on which the novel rests. Chia, the plucky teen w
Thomas Strömquist
About half the way into this book I had a rough outline for this review in my head. It went somewhere along the lines of "if Gibson's stories sucked you in as his world descriptions do he would write the best books ever..." And that was when the story grabbed me!

So why did I rate it 4 stars and not 5? Well truth is, the hold did not last all the way through and another "problem" is the characterization. Even the main protagonists could be Idorus judging by their bleak impressions and I frequentl
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyber-punk
Gibson is an ideas man: big on 'what', not on 'why' or 'how'. It's been said enough times that his predictions are spookily accurate. This book - written in 1996 - features many foreshadowings of the current time. A time where we hide behind an avatar, led around by geo-aware goggle-boxes. Social networks, always-on broadband, CGI pop stars (nearly).

Gibson's writing has distance. The (lethargic) characters seem behind a transparent wall; you can see but not touch. Laney - one of two protagonists
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Now this book I remember better than its immediate predecessor, "Virtual Light". One might guess that it is because I liked "Idoru" better than VL, but I think it is another subjective factor. From the early to end of the 90s I did a fair amount of traveling and East Asia, including Japan was where I went often. So, I suspect that familiarity with the locations and real-world culture and people helped make a stronger impression on me than people living in San Francisco (which city I have only se ...more
Cathy Douglas
The fact that some of the "futuristic" detailing of this story is already here and old hat wasn't lost on me, but didn't bother me either. The story world of this book is a believable take on the not-too-distant future. I loved the fantastic worlds people create together to interact online, and the way their avatars have morphed into fully-loaded alter egos. People create elaborate virtual sets and props for their meetings, parties, escapist fantasy, musical sessions, and just about everything e ...more
Will Ransohoff
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a few of Gibson's cyberpunk novels, I'm starting to see a pattern in the structure of his plots and the composition of his worlds. But they're enjoyable patterns and settings that I'd love to see more of, so I can't really fault him for that.

His vision of Tokyo scarred by a massive quake ("Godzilla"), and rebuilt by emergent technology is probably the most glaring similarity between this and the first book in the trilogy, Virtual Light; without having read the third, it seems like they cou
Dennis Costa
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a dip in quality with Virtual Light, Gibson returns to fine form in Idoru, with some of his most fully realized characters and a plot that speeds along quite nicely, although the novel still suffers from some of the quirks I've come to associate with Gibson.
Not as good as Virtual Light. The setting is Tokyo yet the plot feels like like jap cyberpunk. The VR content is cringe. One of the characters is some 14 year old girl who never actually does anything but ride around in taxies & chat with some harlot. The nodal stuff was obvious bullshit but at least on that front the author clearly understood that & subsequently used it merely as a device

WHICH REMINDS ME. I had planned out a review of this a couple weeks ago in a drunken stupor. So in c
David Fransen
Sep 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting this to change my life or anything, but wow, was this bad. I was looking for sheer dumb diversion in a highly stylized hacker/cyberpunk fantasy world. I guess I kinda got that, but I didn't need it to be quite so heavy on the "dumb" part. The characters are shamelessly cliche and 2-dimensional: the tech-savvy wise-cracking teenage girl who scraps her way out of trouble even though she seems like she should be in...something? way over her head, the salty no-nonsense anti-hero w ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite Gibson novel so far. Or it's tied with "Virtual Light." It's the combination of a fun and engaging plot, and two main characters in Chia and Laney that are easy to root for. I also found myself liking "Keithy" Blackwell. I'm not sure what it says that I like him, but there it is. LOL

Now it's on to "All Tomorrow's Parties"!
Cameron Mulder
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Brookes
It must be hard for an author to write in a genre they've already written the defining novel for, and while this novel doesn't quite match the heights of some of his earlier work, it's still a good cyber-punk read. It's quite a deceptive read, as the style feels quite light. The technology is mostly assumed as part of the world, and there's no great effort to explain or justify it. The story also has a weird, almost subdued beat.

Those might sound like criticisms, but actually work in the book's
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: red-queen, alice
famously William Gibson never went to Japan, and if that worked for Neuromancer, where Japan's sleek cyberpunk aesthetic, blue LEDs, mirror-like black skyscrapers leaping into night skys, then it does not work for Idoru, where the characters are somewhat caricatures rather than fleshed-out individuals, and the Japanese Fan Club identical-bowl-cutted schoolgirls seem like some sort of bad joke rather than either (a) how they really are or (b) how they superficially can be.

authors are hit or miss,
Gibson writes well and convincingly. He incorporates the specifics of his futuristic world. The problem is, he has done it better before, and with greater detail, so fans are not likely to forgive him for a simpler world and story. Still, reading any Gibson book is a treat, especially compared with much of what's out there. His ability to incorporate near-future technology with an exciting story that fits perfectly inside this fabricated world is astounding even on this smaller scale.

Good job o
Dan  Ray
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk, sci-fi
I've made my constant William Gibson mistake again and not checked to see if this book is a part of a series. So it seemed to stand alone well enough to me, though I'm now going to read the Bridge trilogy out of order. I'm not sure how much of my review will need to be adjusted for that after reading the whole body of work.
Regardless, I plow on.
The first half I found a bit of a painful trudge through Gibson's favorite tropes and stock characters. It picked up around the midway point as the plotl
Michael Burnam-Fink
Cyberpunk, and Gibson's cyberpunk in particular, is defined by a gritty, tactile, future. The brands, the computers, the specificity of object and place serve to make good cyberpunk dense and hard. This is not good cyberpunk, rather, to borrow an image from the book, it's a lacquered full-scale replica of a cyberpunk novel. All the surfaces are there; the AI love story, the post-modern technological mercenaries, simulated realities, and philosophical musings on a plastic celebrity culture, but w ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 4-stars, cyberpunk
I am surprised to say that this is probably my favourite book by William Gibson. Why surprised? Well, its topic should be something that is of no interest to me. As usual though, especially considering when the book was written, Gibson is wonderful at predicting the future... or our present. Also, he is a true master in creating the cyberpunk atmosphere - both of the sprawls as well as the cyberspace.

As usual with his books though, the ending left me a bit confused. I am not entirely sure how th
Daniel Burton-Rose
A problem with riding the cutting edge is that one's work can become quickly dated. It's difficult to imagine that only 15 years ago staples of Japanese pop culture fetishism like as Akihabara and love hotels were sufficiently novel to American audiences to build bestsellers around. Yet Gibson's a crisp enough writer that he's always a pleasure to read.
It's also worth noting that this book came out when anti-Japanese anxiety books, like Michael Crichton's Rising Sun, were a market trend; Gibson'
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I' d say this book is more "cyberpop" than cyberpunk but i really liked it.

Gibson creates a breathtaking scenery in futuristic Tokyo that follows the fact that an A.I. pop singer - the Idoru and Rez, singer of the Lo-Rez band are having an affair.

For me, Gibson talks about the present, projecting ideas in the future based on technologies that already exist - in this case, the nanotechnology.

Gibson is trully a very intelligent man and a very talented writer.
Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fans, People Who Hate LA
I've really been holding out in regards to sci fi. I have a lot of friends who love it, but it took me reading books for school with Gibson footnoted constantly.

Idoru is great and a not too sci-fi introduction to his work. It is a quick read, which is great if you're busy and just want to know what all the hype is about.

It takes place in a future LA and Tokyo and deals a lot with fame in the digital age-- all very interesting if you've ever lived in LA.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one just didn't grab me. At times I relished the Gibson flair for otherworldly scenarios and the very unfamiliar but very distinctive in some passages. Other times I cringed at the seemingly contrived (and trite) attempts to make instances more than what they were - just uninteresting characters operating in bland locales - all this despite they were in Tokyo!
Nov 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gibson wrote this in 96 or so and he got so many things right. We're not as advanced with VR as he thought we'd be but this story seems to fit in today's world as something that's possible. Fast-paced and a great book.
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gibson frightens me. He claims to not be a prophet, to not predict the future, but the man sees something clearly and it's not just popular culture.

Aug 10, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk
A fast-paced, exciting story about the intersections of realities and identity. This is also one of the rare books that gets the mindset behind fandom. An impressive piece of cyberpunk.
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, cyberpunk
As good as anything I've read by Gibson. I can't get enough of his vision of the future of cyberspace.
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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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