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Idoru (Bridge, Bk 2)
Idoru - Bridge, Bk 2
Author: William Gibson
2lst century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature. — Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is not, he is careful to point out...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425158647
ISBN-10: 0425158640
Publication Date: 9/1/1997
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 119 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Idoru (Bridge, Bk 2) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
It has been a long time since I have read any Science Fiction, much less any William Gibson. It was a genre that I had gradually dropped out of, due to a general shift in interest. So, it was with some trepidation that I approached "Idoru." I was happily surprised.

"Idoru" is not a great book, not a classic along the lines of "Neuromancer" or "Count Zero." But not every book needs to be a classic to be good, and "Idoru" kept my flipping pages long past my bedtime, a good sign for any novel. The characters are interesting, and the investigative nature of the story keeps the blood flowing. Mixing psychic powers and cyberspace was as imaginative blend of fantasy and future.

Gibson is a renowned futurist, and even though this book was written 10 years ago the world still seems to be marching in this direction. We have yet to achieve any significant form of nanotechnology, and the forecasted computer-generated celebrities haven't appeared, but nothing in "Idoru" is completely out of bounds. The use of the Kowloon Walled City as the inspiration for a cyberspace community was inspired.

I was very impressed with his portrayal of Japan and the Japanese characters. Having lived in Japan for several years, I must say he got it exactly right. I was prepared to flinch when they moved onto Tokyo, but it never happened.
by Zack Davisson (Ikeda, Osaka, Japan)
wesjones avatar reviewed Idoru (Bridge, Bk 2) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Another gripping view of the future world as invisioned by the inimitable William Gibson.
arianna avatar reviewed Idoru (Bridge, Bk 2) on + 21 more book reviews
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Great book! A very fun sci-fi adventure. Very computer- and future-Japan-oriented. A bit of edge-of-your-seat thriller involved. Definitely enjoyed it. Good Gibson, as per usual.
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Helpful Score: 2
Idoru is an international megastar--more than any mere supermodel and rock god combined. Her beloved is an equally famous rock star and rumors of their engagement spread throughout their fan communities. So far, so tabloid. Some of their fans decide to investigate the rumors, and in the process grapple with the more philosphical aspects of artificial intelligence/life -- Idoru is an AI personality.
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Helpful Score: 2
I urge you to read Gibson- especially from the mid 80s on. It's not just the Si-Fi, but for the an insightful look at where we may be heading as a people. I would recomend starting with an earlier work-"Neuromancer" where he hit his stride, but you simply can't go wrong with any Gibson.
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