William Gibson wrote, "John Shirley was cyberpunk's Patient Zero, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent." - and if Gibson gives an author his stamp of approval (in such livewired prose!) then sure, lots of us are going to want to read this book. 'City Come a Walkin' is high energy, it's fun to read and holds your attention - but it also falls into pretty much *all* the traps of later cyberpunk. The characters are mere ciphers, the author's trying really hard to be cool (he's writing about nightclubs, a rock singer, and San Francisco as an "amoral superhero"), and it just never quite convinces. Shirley's world remains a little too simple for my tastes, a little crudely drawn and reliant on ultra-noir tropes. But that may or may not matter to you as a reader - I for one was really really excited by the idea of a sentient, embodied city (what a metaphor!) and read 'City Come a Walkin' to see what Shirley could do with that. It's also really interesting to see where cyberpunk started out, and thus to be able to observe its development as a genre. Worth buying if you're a cyberpunk fan, then, and out of curiosity and for Gibson's short but brilliant (hilarious?) foreword. That's three reasons, should be enough!