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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
by William Gibson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars The matrix is dreaming tonight., May 5 2004
This is a good book that has the feel of dark eighties SF movies, Akira or Metal Gear Solid. It's all here (AI, street samurai, the matrix, hackers, neon city, drugs, arcades, army type lunatics,...) and Gibson does it better than everybody else.
Gibson is very good in bringing to life strange and exotic (sub)cultures, like the cowboys and razor girls in this novel or the footageheads in 'Pattern Recognition'. The story's no slouch either.
If you're in for a dark SF thriller, you needn't look any further.

Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Fahrenheit 451 Review (nothing remains to be said), April 19 2004
Well, it's not a bad book. Actually it should not be considered a book though, it is, rather, a short story. The ideas expressed are all very valable but there isn't much of a story and the science behind it laughable. Bradbury makes good points and argues well, it's just that if you're reading this book (or any book for that matter) it probably implies that you already like reading and value books pretty high. So Bradbury is preaching to the converted. This book makes a great reading list though, many names are dropped and books are quoted from. Instead of reading this book you should read any of the books mentioned in it. Or just as a reminder of why you love to read so much.

Pattern Recognition
Pattern Recognition
by William Gibson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.41
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recognize This, April 19 2004
This review is from: Pattern Recognition (Paperback)
A good novel, the first I read by Gibson. I heard a lot about the guy, him being the godfather of cyberpunk and everything so I expected alot of pyrotechnics and stuff. What I got was an unexpectedly understated story. Cayce Pollard too is a very understated person working in the marketing business where everything is about overstatement. So yeah I was hoping for a rollercoaster ride through cyberspace and come out screaming woooo! But I'm glad I got this book instead. BTW this book is so cool it's even got a character from Belgium! (his name is Bigend though, not funny)

A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let Them Play Again, April 19 2004
This review is from: A Scanner Darkly (Paperback)
This is not an SF novel. This is a story about Dick's drug-addicted friends and their sad fates. The book consists of a series of anecdotes and scenes that range from the absurdly funny to the grotesquely tragic and are too familiar if you have some experience with drug addiction.
We see the characters (Dick's friends) degenerate into madness because of their drug habit. But still we refrain from saying they are degenerates and brought it on themselves, because of the compassion that Dick puts in his writing. All they wanted was to play, how can you think that is wrong.
At the end is an author's note in which Dick honors his dead friends and wants them to play again but in another way. This note is one of Dick's best writings and will break your heart (if you've got one that is). Oh yeah there's also a kind of plot to the book, but that's just thrown in to please the straights.

Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
by William S. Burroughs
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The emperor has no clothes, April 19 2004
Look, either you hate this book or you love it. Burroughs didn't set out to write a classic or make art, he had no choice whatsoevever, he just had to write this down. OK there is no story but so what? A writer/artist should try to express himself not try to write the next classic. This book isn't a scam or a sick joke, it's a man's heart bleeding vitriol. There is no purer book than this, it conceals nothing, it pretents nothing, it's a naked lunch, everybody gets to see what's on the end of their fork. While other writers make use of great stories and plots to cover up the fact that they've got nothing original to say, Bill just spits it at you. The emperor has no clothes? That's because he shed them, they were too constricting.

Bunker 13: A Novel
Bunker 13: A Novel
by Aniruddha Bahal
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass up on this book, you'll regret it!, April 12 2004
This review is from: Bunker 13: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is the best thriller I have read in a long time. Picture Hunter S Thompson writing Catch 22, that's how funny and ferocious this book is. This book is about a dangerous game of double dealing and an anti-hero that layers identity on identity. MM is a defence journalist but has an agenda of his own, and with Spider Jerusalem-like vehemence he takes on everybody that stands in his way. Saying more about the story would be giving it away, go and read it for yourself, you wont be disappointed. Here are a few tasters though: free-falling while shooting heroin, spies and mobsters, rogue army units and nuclear arms-heists, stingers and mp5's, swastika shaped pubes and kinky sex, chemical torture and Jihad. Do I really have to go on?

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