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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (March 7 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441013678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441013678
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: Maas-Neotek's chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he's perfected. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties--some of whom aren't remotely human.

Bobby Newmark is entirely human: a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo on the Net and a price on his head, Newmark thinks he's only trying to get out alive. A stylish, streetsmart, frighteningly probable parable of the future and sequel to Neuromancer --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, was greeted with hosannas and showered with awards. This second book, set in the same universe, again offers a faddish, glitzy surface not unlike that of Miami Vice. Gibson's central image is the shadow boxes constructed by the artist Joseph Cornell, collections of seemingly unrelated objects whose juxtaposition creates a new impression. In the same fashion, the novel has three protagonists, each of whom is putting together jigsaw clues in pursuit of his separate goal. The corporate headhunter, the art dealer and the computer hacker all find themselves being manipulatedjust as the author contrives to have their paths converge. This book is less appealing and less verbally skillful than Gibson's first novel, dense and dour as that was, but readers who liked that one will want to see this as well.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It was okay. The beginning was interesting, it got boring for a while, then some cool things happened near the end, whatever. Gibson's beautiful style isn't full force in this book either. However, there is some wonderful language scattered throughout the story. Not much cyberspace action or console cowboys in this one. Neuromancer was great, Mona Lisa Overdrive's up next.
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I first read this book (many years and many rereads ago) with low expectations. I'd been told that Gibson was a one book wonder, that he'd never managed to pull off a second book nearly as good as his brilliant first novel, NEUROMANCER. Gibson beat that rap, of course, with masterpieces like IDORU and PATTERN RECOGNITION. But somehow COUNT ZERO has always gotten ever so slightly lost in the shuffle.

Well, I'm here to tell you that everyone, starting with Publishers Weekly, got it wrong. COUNT ZERO is no mere repeat of Neuromancer. It's a different beast altogether. It's older, subtler, and stranger. It's Neuromancer's hard-boiled street chic all grown up and with grown-up-sized problems. The characters are real, complex, and unforgettable. And the central image of the book - though I can't describe it without giving much of the plot away - generates one of the most hauntingly beautiful moments in all of science fiction.
If you're one of those Gibson fans who hasn't quite gotten around to reading COUNT ZERO, you're in for a rare treat.
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"Count Zero" pulls it off without being cheesey. I was surprised by how unstupid this futuristic setting was. I also thoroughly appreciate that Gibson does not write down to his audience... he acknowldeges our ability to understand the lingo and nuances of his future-world without having to explain it to us. His style is fresh and sharp.
The three main characters are flawed and written to be believable. There is little character development but that does not seem to be the point. It appears that the focus is more on us getting to know them- the real them. At first they are strangers and then they become more to the point where you HAVE to know that they will be ok in the end. Few authors have the capability to inspire such empathy. (My favorite part was when the Box Maker made a box for Marly.)
The story is capitvating. The pace moves along slowly at first and builds to a frenzy. Reading this book leaves you with the obvious impression that Gibson definately knew what he was doing when he wrote it. The story is a puzzle. You know that everything fits together somehow... but how exactly?
If you loved "The Matrix," take the time to read "Count Zero." You'll find similarities and you'll also find "Count Zero" to be a superior story. More sci-fi needs to be like this.
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With Neuromancer, Gibson exploded onto the science fiction stage with his imagined future of Japanese hegemony, cyperspace cowboys and sentient computers. With Count Zero, he takes that world, revisits and expands on it.
He seems to have grown more confident as a stylist with this book. The prose is so baroque, each page so dense with ideas and textures, that it takes one's breath away. Gibson himself admits in interviews that fear of boring his reader makes him boil down his prose to bare essentials. We get where things are made, textures of materials not invented yet, cityscapes filled with superskyscrapers and Fuller domes, etc. And as always, his rock and roll Burroughs/Elmore Leonard prose is right there with us. Hyper-detailing, capturing the slang of the underworld cyber-criminals.
More ambitious in this outing, he takes on more characters and Dos Passos-like, spirals them all into a coalescent finale with a very assured hand. A tight, incredibly imaginative and detailed book - that will go by like the wind.
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"Count Zero" is an extremely good fiction novel. In fact, I thought it was even better than "Neuromancer" (also by Gibson). It is more concrete, and more easily understood, in it's concepts. Don't get me wrong, it's still got all the abstract ideas and goings ons that are in "Neuromancer". It's got all the action, all the technology, and all the wonderful characters. It wouldn't be a Gibson novel without them. They are quirky and fascinating at the same time. I think the characters are humanized a little more too. For all these reasons, I really liked the novel.
Don't skip "Neuromancer" due to this though. You'll enjoy "Count Zero" even if you haven't read "Neuromancer" yet. They are both good novels and deserve to be read in order. Plus "Count Zero" brings in little snippets from "Neuromancer". I can't wait to start on "Mona Lisa Overdrive", the next in the series.
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As a avid reader of cyberpunk, i can say with all confidence that this is one of the most entertaining cyberpunk novels I have had the priviledge of reading. William Gibson takes three seemingly unrelated stories, and blended them together in a wonderful story that grabs you by the throat and takes you on a high speed journey through Gibson's bleak world of the future. Whether it be the story of Turner, the corporate bodyguard for hire, Bobby, the budding cyberspace cowboy, or Marly, the down on her luck art critic, all the characters in the novel are well developed and each with their own personalities. The only real problem I had with this book was the ending, which was rather abrupt and left this reader wanted more. All in all, it is an excellent, well-written novel. William Gibson does it again.
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