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Author: William Gibson
Case was the best interface cowboy who ever ran in earth's computer matrix. Then he doublecrossed the wrong people ... — Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway -- jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441569595
ISBN-10: 0441569595
Publication Date: 8/15/1986
Pages: 271
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 391 ratings
Publisher: Ace Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 1
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Helpful Score: 10
Published in 1984, Gibson describes a Blade Runner type world complete with a matrix that humans jack-in-to for a virtual experience. This is years before Matrix films were created and released. Gibson even developed his own realistic "techno" language years before on-line world took off.

The biggest difficulty I had is Gibson's extensive use of this language. It adds to the story to make it more real, but slows the read and makes it at times hard to understand.
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Helpful Score: 5
After hearing about this book for years, I finally had a chance to read it - and was a bit disappointed. While I will always appreciate this novel as the one that kicked off a whole new era of science fiction, there have been so many variations on this theme that Neuromancer's plot itself now comes across as a little plain.

I also had a little bit of trouble swallowing some of the plot points and character interactions - I spent a lot of time thinking "Well, I'm sure XYZ happened for a reason, but I wish I knew what that reason was."

I kept trying very hard to like this novel, being that it's been to sci-fi what Lord of the Rings was to fantasy, but it just seemed like a lot of work getting through the plot to finish a story I've heard retold a thousand times since it was written.
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Helpful Score: 4
Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in it's impications.
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Helpful Score: 2
The first cyperpunk sci fi book. Winner of the triple crown of awards: Philip K. Dick, Hugo & Nebula. Fast paced action in a nightmare future.
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Helpful Score: 2
really fun read. gibson is one of the best sci fi writers.
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jeffp avatar reviewed Neuromancer on + 201 more book reviews
This is the book that began the Cyberpunk genre, and it is definitely worth reading, and owning. I am listing this copy only because we somehow wound up with 2, and bookshelf space is at a premium.

Gibson's world is deep and dark. Give it a read. You won't be sorry.
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Brilliant and surrealistic in its vision of a possible future, but very difficult. I think many will find this almost inaccessible. If you like complex, twisting, turning stories with a model of the world that is at the edge of your ability to grasp it, check this out. If you like something a little more linear and less dramatic, this may not be the book for you.
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You better have read this then! Gibson's book was absolutely phenomenal, and the way he bends your mind with new and different ways he sees technology (and the world) going in the future is absolutely wild! Be warned, he sees a dark future, so this is not for the feint of heart! However, the adventure this book takes you on is one you will remember!
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Wm Gibson was the first to coin the word cyberspace and this audio book read by him, gives the edgey feel of living in a world where you can carry out espionage and download yourself. Well adapted to audio.
althea avatar reviewed Neuromancer on + 774 more book reviews
What a good book . It really deserves the awards it won: Hugo, Nebula, & Philip K. Dick. Not just for the story which is a fun ride: down&out Matrix hacker Case is bribed/blackmailed into working for a mysterious cipher, Armitage, and given a partner the original mirrorshades gal, Molly. But who is Armitage working for, and what is a nature of the job that needs to be done? Plenty of action and angst but what made this book so influential was the milieu. Gibson created the whole cyberpunk aesthetic, and this is the book that catapulted it into the popular consiousness.
On the subway yesterday, while I was reading, another woman was like, hey, if you like that book, I want to recommend another: Snow Crash. It might even be better! And, you know, Id agree. Snow Crash might be a better novel. But Neuromancer was the original.
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So Eighties, so cool. Probably worth money if I wasn't too lazy to list it on eBay. PBS is awesome!

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