Book Reviews of Neuromancer

Neuromancer
Neuromancer
Author: William Gibson
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780441569595
ISBN-10: 0441569595
Publication Date: 8/15/1986
Pages: 271
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 378 ratings
Publisher: Ace Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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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Way too cyber-punk for me. Didn't even make sense at times. Gibson is ordinarily a talented writer, but fell short here in basic explanation (even contextually) about what the heck is going on in this novel.
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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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I read this back in 1986 when it came out in paperback- it knocked my socks off! I just finished re-reading it- it's just as fresh today. If you are into S/F you should read this fast moving, disturbing, look at a distinctly possible future. I'm an early PC builder/user and have always been concerned about "Artificial" intelligence. Keep in mind that biology limits the custard consistancy meat computer we all lug around. There are NO such limits on computers. Jump on Gibson's manic rollercoaster- you won't be dissapointed.
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Helpful Score: 2
really fun read. gibson is one of the best sci fi writers.
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The novel that introduced "the Matrix" as the defining concept at the center of cyberspace culture.
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Couldn't get into this book. Difficult to concentrate on the story line through all the jargon and slang.
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amazing with rich langauge and a structure that makes you think you're missing out on something, keeping you with it the whole time.
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Absolutely outstanding. One of the first "cyberspace" books to come out of the eighties and it is a riveting, action-packed, good time. Get this book.
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You're vaguely familiar with "cyberspace," right? The Matrix? Some other film with Keanu in it? Find out where it started (Like P.K. Dick, it might be a little more raw than you expect).
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For fans of Science Fiction this author is a must. This book details the adventures of a man "dancing" along the net. Difficult to explain but exciting to read. If you like the Matrix movies you might find this story their progenitor. Of course William Gibson does it better!
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A classic. Gibson dreamed of the internet long before it was a reality.
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The book which coined the term 'cyber'. Classic sci-fi. Doesnt get better than this.
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My rating is skewed because this is pivotal work with many awards, BUT I bailed after too many unlikely scenes and sequences. A bit like advanced physics: I'm probably not smart enough to get it.
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This book was a challenging read. You kind of have to NOT try to follow the plot in order to understand it.
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It's the "Dick Tracy" of cyberspace. A nitty-gritty detective story with a metaphysical twist.
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Everything cyberpunk is based off of this on some level. A very good story.
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This is the book that began the Cyberpunk genre, and it is definitely worth reading, and owning. I am listing this copy only because we somehow wound up with 2, and bookshelf space is at a premium.

Gibson's world is deep and dark. Give it a read. You won't be sorry.
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Wm Gibson was the first to coin the word cyberspace and this audio book read by him, gives the edgey feel of living in a world where you can carry out espionage and download yourself. Well adapted to audio.
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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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The classic cyberpunk book. While not a perfect book by any means, it's mixture of noir, sci-fi and computers makes for a tight and engaging read.
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Brilliant and surrealistic in its vision of a possible future, but very difficult. I think many will find this almost inaccessible. If you like complex, twisting, turning stories with a model of the world that is at the edge of your ability to grasp it, check this out. If you like something a little more linear and less dramatic, this may not be the book for you.
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You better have read this then! Gibson's book was absolutely phenomenal, and the way he bends your mind with new and different ways he sees technology (and the world) going in the future is absolutely wild! Be warned, he sees a dark future, so this is not for the feint of heart! However, the adventure this book takes you on is one you will remember!
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This book shows again why Gibson is considered one of the SF greats. Our whole vocabulary for the internet world seems to come from this mid-eighties book.
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I regret not having taken the time to read this brilliant tale before now. Gibson tells an excellent story with skill, creativity and intellect. Reading it so late in the game revealed to me just how much influence it has had since 1984 when it was first published. Neuromancer deserves the classic status that it has been awarded. I'm looking forward to reading it again and highly recommend it.
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Excellent cyberpunk novel. You have to be into cyberpunk sci-fi (Blade Runner, anything else by Gibson) to really get into the book. Great setting, excellent characters, and a fast-moving plot mark this as one of Gibson's best novels.
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The opening line, "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." says it all. Awesome book. I'd reccomend this book to anyone interested in the Cyberpunk genre. Can be a bit esoteric at times, Gibson likes to put in a lot of hard to understand references. Despite this, Gibson writes an engaging book. If you liked Blade Runner, you'll probably enjoy this book.
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Confusing and hard to read, it's a bit overrated
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William Gibson has created a rich, detailed, and vivid near-future, populated with uncomfortably realistic characters..an amazingly complex novel. Some will enjoy it as a fast-paced, exciting adventure; others will claim it's actually a very subtle, clever mystery; still others will see it as a thought-provoking social discourse...."Neuromancer" is a MAJOR NOVEL. It is difficult to compare it to other works for the simple reason that it really is new, and different... "A flashy tour of a remarkably well-visualized future..Gibson manufactures wild details with a virtuoso's glee...an impressive new voice!" Review from Newsday
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This is a classic, and I read it because it is a foundation work in modern sci-fi.
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Cyberpunk classic
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It seemed like it was going to be a very interesting and entertaining story. But then he threw in the sex scene before I cared that much about what was going on.
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This classic piece of scifi earned its reputation with the tale of an internet cowboy named Case and his adventures with a Razor Girl named Molly. The world Gibson immerses us in is creative and not over-explained, yet it still makes sense. The impact his vision of the future for the internet, the matrix, and ai has had on scifi is immediately apparent. A must read for any scifi fan and enjoyable for fans of immersion literature and character studies.

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Better be smart!
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Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards
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Very good cyberpunk
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Science fiction. Case ran earth's computer matrix.
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From the back cover:
Case was the best interface cowboy who ever ran in earth's computer matrix. Then he doublecrossed the wrong people.