Gibson, William

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION --THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL OF THE PAST TWO DECADES Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene--it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology. Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer 's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2004
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 0441012035
Branch Call Number: SF GIBSON 2004
Characteristics: xi, 371 p. ;,22 cm


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The novel that gave us the term cyberspace and prefigured our ultra-connected, always online world. A hacker with crippled abilities must hunt a mysterious AI.

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister ... Read More »

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Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the seminal 1980s novel that essentially created the concept of cyberspace, as well as the sub-genre of science fiction cyberpunk--a label that Gibson disavows. Technological reality is quickly catching up to Gibson's dystopian vision. Gibson here has created a gritty criminal underground that survives on black market transactions on the fringe of a corporate-controlled society dominated by artificial intelligence systems. High-adrenaline, page-turning thriller with a dark and threatening mood throughout.

Oct 08, 2013
  • BrightonBeachBabe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading this book for a book club.

Sep 22, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's entirely possible that you had to have been there--had to have grown up before the Internet existed or at least before it was ubiquitous--to fall in love with this book as I did way back in 1986. But the characters are unforgettable and the lovingly-described world they live in is sooooo much cooler than the world you and I live in. Absolutely a must-read.

Jul 03, 2013
  • AndyChang rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Recommend to me by a friend who I respect highly as his favorite book. Read it to try and get a glimpse inside his head. Found it to be disjointed and filled with a myriad of fictitious terms that made no sense and detracted from its ability to maintain a cohesive story.

Am somewhat baffled that my well read and educated friend considers this the best book he's read.

After finishing it, I couldn't help but feel that this should have been the sequel to an unwritten previous book which would have given me insights into what this one was referring to throughout the story.

Probably my least favorite and the most confusing book I've ever finished.

Jan 31, 2013
  • DanMenard rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a must-read for science fiction fans, but I don't think it quite lives up to all the praise. Gibson has some really cool ideas, and he portrays them very well in his writing: his images are clear and interesting. However, the characters are all stereotypes and aren't as believable as the setting. They do their part well, but the story comes off as less organic than I think is appropriate for it to be as effective as it could have been. I'm a strong believer that a story should feel pulled along by great characters acting believably to the situations they're faced with: Neuromancer puts the cart in front of the horse. The story develops, the characters don't. However, I started with a positive sentiment and I mean it: this is a book worth reading and paying attention to - especially for anyone interested in science fiction. I don't think I would read this book again, but I would read more by Gibson.

Oct 04, 2012
  • VioletteRed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Juicy, complex, mind bending. Molly Millions is a bada$$. You'll love it if you're into stream of consciousness writing (though Gibson isn't heavy handed with it so don't worry there's plenty of structure too). The scenes are layered and rich so this is a book to read over and over to really flesh it out in your mind. And it is indeed a dark and lovely trip.

Aug 23, 2012
  • dneriksen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the one that started it all. I believe I read Neuromancer back around '93 or '94. Back then, Mosaic was the only graphic browser to be had. Amazing how much Gibson's vision has provided a template for what we now have.

But beyond all that, there is the story. Case's journey is very much a (Joseph) Campbellian one--that of the psychological hero. This is beyond refute, as there is a parallel plot that mirrors Case's, which reaches climax at the same moment. No wonder Gibson hit a home run with this novel.

Jun 30, 2012
  • Gemininja rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is still upon us. Maybe another Decade for Moore's Law to really kick this cyberspace into our reality.

Feb 20, 2012
  • GeoffAbel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superb. The end. Read it you love SF but more importantly, read it if you love great writing. And make sure you read "Count Zero" and "Mona Lisa O/D" - they don't just inhabit the same universe, they are continuations of the story. In this they are basically required reading to make more sense of Neuromancer.

Sep 21, 2011
  • ColemanRidge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't read this so much as get infected by it. If I'm not careful, phrases from it turn up in my writing. Gibson took Alfred Bester's basic insight that the future is going to be increasingly chaotic, not increasingly ordered, applied it to computer science, and ran with it. Neuromancer's central insight is that compulsive computer use and compulsive drug use are deeply related, in that both are based on contempt for bodies. Case, our hacker protagonist, calls everything that isn't cyberspace "the meat." When he can't fly through cyberspace any more, and has fallen back into the meat, he sets out to kill himself with drugs. He gets a chance to ride the net again. Much comes of this.

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