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Case, a nerve-damaged data thief, is recruited by a new employer for a last-chance run against a powerful artificial intelligence.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2000.
Edition: Ace trade ed.
ISBN: 9780441007462
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,21 cm.


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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 30, 2019

This book wasn't for me. I see in some reviews and comments that being confused is normal in a Gibson book, but this doesn't seem like a positive to me. I only made it a little over a third of the way into the book before I gave up, but never at any point did I feel like the confusion was going to amount to anything. It was purely an issue of submersion into the fire. At no point did I have any idea what was going on, who it was happening to, or why it was happening. It all felt nonsensical and incoherent, and this is coming from a big fan of Haruki Murakami.

I gave up when I reached the paragraph: "The man opened his mouth to speak. A small trout swam out, trailing impossible bubbles. It glided past Case's cheek."

I couldn't take anymore. I'm glad some people enjoy this book, but I couldn't.

OPL_DavidD Jan 05, 2019

An important book. The genre of cyberpunk predicted the future pretty well, although the dystopia we live in isn't as stylish or cool as the genre predicted. The novel itself is compelling and suspenseful, with an anti-hero who you want to succeed, despite the mistakes he makes.

Did Gibson predict cyberspace and the matrix or did fan-boy computer nerds just like the ideas and decided to create them? Who knows? I love the first line of this novel, “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel” and some of the story was good in a Bladerunner sort of way, but I just don’t enjoy “Cyberpunk” and thought the characters were shallow. Your experience may differ.

Apr 09, 2018

Illuminating on many pop culture references and clearly a genesis for modern day sci fi, although a bit hard to follow.

Mar 02, 2018

This book is not for the faint of heart. It's very "sex, drugs, and rock & roll." If you have the guts to stick with it, I think you'll find that it's masterfully written. Gibson hits you with a barrage of short, impressionistic scenes, building up to a grand adventure that that takes place partially in the real world and partially in cyberspace--all in less than 300 pages. You will be rooting for Case, Molly, and Maelcum--the odd heroes of this adventure.

Jan 31, 2018

Once you get used to the pulpy/noir dialogue and all the neologisms, this book is a lot of fun. An all around wild ride not without its profound moments... at least somewhat deserving of the literary prestige it has achieved.

Jan 07, 2018

Reading William Gibson’s Neuromancer was for me a disorienting yet extremely rewarding experience. Right at the beginning of the book William Gibson introduces many new words and slang phrases to describe the futuristic world that the protagonist Case lives in. Names like “I.C.E”,“cyberspace” and phrases like “jacking in” threw me off at first but the neologisms in Neuromancer were very fun terms once I figured out what they meant. The story of Case is just as confusing and enjoyable as the rest of the book. He rapidly moves from being a burned out “console cowboy” (computer hacker) stuck in a rut after a botched infiltration attempt to being used for his skills to merge otherworldly intelligence AI together. Motivated to take on risky tasks so that he can connect with technology and feel truly human, Case is easy to empathize with since losing ones ability to truly think would feel suffocating. Overall I think Neuromancer, although quite confusing at first while the world is being introduced, turns into a riveting read once you get caught up in Case’s troubles and yearning to be connected to technology to feel fully himself.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 08, 2016

Not sure I get the hype about this book.

TSCPL_LissaS May 10, 2016

A great book to read for a book discussion group along with a healthy serving of literary criticism and a technology timeline :)

I LOVE using the library's database Literature Resource Center to get overviews and insight into books and authors - the articles I read before book group gave me an edge over the folks who only read Wikipedia (which I also read.)

I followed this up with a re-read of Ready Player One for a slightly different take on the virtual reality.

May 04, 2016

Gibson's preface acknowledges that he completely missed the idea of cel phones. In another novel that might be jarring but this one gets so much right that it slides right off. 32 years after its publication, this novel could have been written yesterday. The characters are compelling and the action is nicely written. My main quibble is that Case is less interesting than Molly and I think the novel might have been more interesting from her viewpoint.

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"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."


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