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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
Author: William Gibson
One of the most important and influential novels of our time. — Neuromancer is the multiple award-winning novel that launched the astonishing career of William Gibson. The first fully-realized glimpse of humankind's digital future, it is a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves, reinvented th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780441000685
ISBN-10: 0441000681
Publication Date: 7/1/1994
Pages: 278
Rating:
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4.2 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Ace Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
Published in 1984, Gibson describes a Blade Runner type world complete with a matrix that humans jack-in-to for a virtual experience. This is years before Matrix films were created and released. Gibson even developed his own realistic "techno" language years before on-line world took off.

The biggest difficulty I had is Gibson's extensive use of this language. It adds to the story to make it more real, but slows the read and makes it at times hard to understand.
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Helpful Score: 5
After hearing about this book for years, I finally had a chance to read it - and was a bit disappointed. While I will always appreciate this novel as the one that kicked off a whole new era of science fiction, there have been so many variations on this theme that Neuromancer's plot itself now comes across as a little plain.

I also had a little bit of trouble swallowing some of the plot points and character interactions - I spent a lot of time thinking "Well, I'm sure XYZ happened for a reason, but I wish I knew what that reason was."

I kept trying very hard to like this novel, being that it's been to sci-fi what Lord of the Rings was to fantasy, but it just seemed like a lot of work getting through the plot to finish a story I've heard retold a thousand times since it was written.
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Helpful Score: 4
Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in it's impications.
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The first cyperpunk sci fi book. Winner of the triple crown of awards: Philip K. Dick, Hugo & Nebula. Fast paced action in a nightmare future.
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Helpful Score: 2
really fun read. gibson is one of the best sci fi writers.
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What a good book . It really deserves the awards it won: Hugo, Nebula, & Philip K. Dick. Not just for the story which is a fun ride: down&out Matrix hacker Case is bribed/blackmailed into working for a mysterious cipher, Armitage, and given a partner the original mirrorshades gal, Molly. But who is Armitage working for, and what is a nature of the job that needs to be done? Plenty of action and angst but what made this book so influential was the milieu. Gibson created the whole cyberpunk aesthetic, and this is the book that catapulted it into the popular consiousness.
On the subway yesterday, while I was reading, another woman was like, hey, if you like that book, I want to recommend another: Snow Crash. It might even be better! And, you know, Id agree. Snow Crash might be a better novel. But Neuromancer was the original.

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