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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Not as strong as Neuromancer, but the storyline is necessary for Mona Lisa Overdrive. Still an excellent read!Published 7 months ago by Andrew Z
Excellent book, the the neuromancer trilogy is a must read for any cyberpunk and sci-fi fan.Published 7 months ago by james humber
Given that Mr. Gibson is responsible for giving us some of our most recent history in the form of prophetic fiction I read this book with more than a little misgiving . Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. Pope
William Gibson - what can I say. I remember so clearly reading Neuromancer back in 1983 or so, in my living room in my first house listening to Sniff and the Tears on my first... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book I received looked just like the picture (great cover, hardcover, and a little bit covered in dirty and fingerprints :)). Amazing book and an amazing author! Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by Shea
I have read this masterpiece (together with the other two of the Sprawl series: NEUROMANCER and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE) during my university years, about a decade ago. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2007 by NeuroSplicer
I loved Neuromancer and was happy to find that it was made into a sort of trilogy, but I was quite disappointed with Count Zero. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by J. Umbach
This is a very poorly written book. The characters are one dimensional, predictable and uninteresting. The plot is slow, dim witted and mundane. All in all a waste of paper. Read morePublished on June 8 2003
Count Zero is considered by many to be the sequel to Neuromancer. Upon finishing it, I was surprised as to how little this story had anything to do with Neuromancer. Read morePublished on May 9 2003 by Craig Stephenson