Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – Aug. 15 1986
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- Publisher : Ace; Reissue edition (Aug. 15 1986)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441569595
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441569595
- Item weight : 167 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.18 x 17.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications." —New York Times
"Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy and decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance." —Washington Post
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I found the pacing a little rough at times, and a lot of the general cultural information such as slang, locations, technology and social norms are often presented without any sort of explanation, which made some of the conversations or events difficult to follow when you're simply reading them at face-value without any context, but this doesn't change the fact that the story is fast, interesting, engaging, and exciting.
Despite some of these quirks, I absolutely enjoyed the story and I strongly feel as though it is a narrative that reveals more to the reader with each successive reading.
Literally the only thing I disliked about this book, was the use of overly long names for some things for the sake of it. But that's just nit picking 😛
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I think if you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre and AI, they you will likely love this book, but the genre for me was only an intrigue and it bought me to this book.
I wouldn't let me review put you off, it was merely my experience with the book. Many many people enjoy this iconic book.
Whilst the depiction of the world inside a computer is a little silly, with data visualized as physical form, you'd have to credit this as contributing to everything that followed, from Tron to the Matrix and beyond. And I can't help thinking that Case's anarchic life on the edge of legality and society is a remarkable foretlling of the hacker society that would not really come into existence until 20 years after the book was written.
Sometimes Gibson lost himself in watered down descriptions which tended to dilute the plot, which is the reason behind the lack of a fifth star. But when the plot actually kicked in, I was all-in with Case, Molly, Wintermute, Armitage and all the incredible characters Gibson managed to craft. And his style was stunningly effective to describe filthy and grubby visuals all over the book, which contributed to a clear painting of his fascinating world.
Not to mention this man was able to predict most of the virtual reality and cyberspace tropes in the 1980s. Something to be extremely proud of.
Overall, a Cyberpunk milestone, and definitely one of the greatest sci-fi stories I've ever read. Strongly recommended!
I know that it's part of a trilogy, but the way it ends is weak.
If you like having to work hard to understand some of it, then you might enjoy this, I didn't. I get the feeling that the difficult to understand descriptions made perfect sense in the authors mind, but he didn't think about how the reader might find this. Or he didn't understand some of those parts himself and just threw them in anyway. I was pleased to finish it, Now I want to forget about it.