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The author of Neuromancer takes you to the vividly realized near future of 2005. Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millennium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pick-pocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
In his first solo novel in five years, Gibson ( Neuromancer ) hasn't entirely left his cyberpunk baggage behind, but he has brought his vision closer to home. It's California, circa 2005: the rich are even richer and the poor, of course, poorer; the Medellin crime cartels move not only drugs but illicit data; the Reverend Fallon preaches a television-worshipping religion; and legions of the homeless have seized San Francisco's Bay Bridge and turned it into a bizarre, jury-rigged shantytown. As in his previous novels, Gibson's plot is very simple. Chevette Washington, a bicycle courier, impulsively steals a pair of "virtual light" glasses that feeds images directly to the optic nerve, not realizing that it contains extremely valuable secret data that its owners will stop at nothing to recover. Rent-a-cop Berry Rydell loses his job due to a hacker's prank, so he teams up with Lucius Warbaby to track the stolen shades, only slowly realizing that Warbaby and his former employers are tied in with the evil corporate scheme revealed by the glasses. The plot is not the point here; it's Gibson's ability to create a world that distinguishes his work and has made him not just a rising science fiction star but a genuine cultural phenomenon. He has his finger on the pulse of popular culture and social trends; he molds a near-future world more frighteningly possible than that of any other recent writer. Although the happy ending seems a bit too happy for this grim environment, this novel's viscerally convincing dystopia should confirm Gibson's reputation as one of science fiction's chief visionaries.
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Next to Neuromancer this is the best book written by this author in my opinion. Good, smooth reading, and would make a great movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2013 by Nox Influx
Well, for those of you who are new on Gibson, be warned, that this is not the book you should start with. Why? Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Matko Vladanovic
While reading this book, I got the distince impression that Gibson got the inspiration for this novel right after he finished reading Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash". Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Random
The first cyberpunk novel I have ever read. I was not disappointed one bit and was even pleasantly surprised with how much i enjoyed it. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by kzd
I picked up this book on a whim since the description on the back cover sounded really cool. It sounded like it would be in the vein and vision of James Cameron's "Dark Angel", one... Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Matthew King
COPS IN TROUBLE.....
messenger chicks on bikes....
californias acting like everyone else....
and a neat piece of technology lost in it all.... Read more
William Gibson is an author that creates characters and situations that capture your imagination. When you put one of his books down your thoughts stay with the story. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by Michael Love
Maybe it's just because I was raised in Arkansas and I live in a trailer park that I love this one so much. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by Ashley Wynn
Reading a Gibson novel is an act of faith. He weaves seemingly tenuous threads into a vivid plot. Don't expect to fully comprehend where you're going until you're well into his... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2001 by Stephen A. Haines