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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140241078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140241075
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Gibson is the award-winning author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties and Pattern Recognition. William Gibson lives in Vancouver, Canada. His latest novel, published by Penguin, is Spook Country (2007).

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William Gibson was brought up in the southern United States but has lived in Vancouver with his wife and 2 children for many years. His novels include the hugely successful NEUROMANCER trilogy and VIRTUAL LIGHT (Penguin). "The man who saw the consequences of virtual reality before the technology had even been invented" OBSERVER

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 3 Jan 2006
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William Gibson remains the best example of why "speculative fiction" should replace "science fiction" for the generic term "SF". His temporal reach carries today's people into logical extensions of society into a world where the growth of today's technology is likely to confront them. Idoru is a superior example of Gibson's talent in making the projections he's rightly noted for. Like all his best work, technology here is present, but it's the characters, their outlook and dealing with events, that chains the reader's attention. Don't expect dashing heroes, attendant ladies, stygian villains performing in ways to divert you from reality. Gibson brings tomorrow's realities to his pages, realities you may be facing in your lifetime.
The pivotal element is the desire of a rock star to marry a hologram. Idoru is an electronic construct, the symbol of universal desires. She, too, is an entertainer, a "synthespian" in future Hollywood jargon. The term is pure Gibson, projecting today's fascination with special effects and animation supplemented films. Colin Laney, who bears special analysis skills has been hired to search the data streams to determine the reasons for this unusual liaison. It's a daunting task, and Gibson provides us many glimpses of our future while guiding Laney through the corporate entertainment world.
Laney also carries a dark secret, the suicide of a woman whose data he was tracking. She had perceived his observing her and he's concerned about who else might be detecting his surveys of information. His talent had always enjoyed anonymity. If Alison Shires could detect his intrusion, who else more powerful might also be watching?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By on 16 April 2000
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People praise Gibson for his grasp of futuristic technology, terminology etc. The fact is, however, that his novels are very much about the present. His early ones, for example, were very "80's" in both theme and background colour (corporate greed, Japanese takeover of America, etc.) Similarly, Idoru, with its throwaway references to Russian gangsters and so forth is very "mid-90's". However, it also has something very important to say about one aspect of our current society, namely the empty cult of celebrity that exists at the moment, where people are famous simply for being famous, and because the media say so, and where members of the public come to care more about the lives of "celebs" they will never meet than about the "real world". Also, is the idea of a Tokyo destroyed by earthquakes perhaps emblematic of a post-economic-meltdown Japan that no longer seems as invincible as it once did? All in all, Gibson continues to write this kind of book much better than any of his imitators (except perhaps Neal Stephenson -his "Snow Crash" is an absolute masterpiece). The Australian heavy, Blackwell, is perhaps one of the best characters Gibson has yet invented, and again we have a nicely passive central character who is helpless in the face of the events around him. There was also a lot of nice stuff about pop fandom and the weirdness of Japan when seen through western eyes, as well as cameos by a couple of characters from the earlier Gibson novel Virtual Light. Unlike a lot of cyberpunk writers, Gibson sees beyind the gadgetry, and has something to say as a novelist whose real business is satirising our own empty "culture". Like I said, one of a kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Brookes on 5 July 2008
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William Gibson offers a fresh squirt of cyberpunk panache with Idoru, named for the Japanese celebrity that doesn't exist, around which the story pivots.

A few decades from now, the celebrity is where the money's at. Colin Laney is the man who can see through the data-trails that such people - or any people - leave as they pass through a high-tech life: credit card transactions, internet surfing, online purchases, the TV channels you watch, the flights you catch. Hired by a media company, Laney tries to find the trail of Rez, one half of the hottest musical partnership Lo/Rez. Rez is also the man who has recently announced that he wishes to marry the idoru, a celebrity who exists only as a digital avatar ...

Also searching for Rez is one of his biggest fans, a 14 years old named Chia who wants to know if the crazy rumours are true. Flying to Tokyo where the idoru is based, she soon falls into a maze of trouble involving nanosmugglers, an evolution of the Russian mafia, and a group of otaku technogeeks operating out of the virtual Walled City.

Chia serves as the innocent eyes viewing the insanity of the world that Gibson is presenting, the same universe in which his 1993 novel Virtual Light is set. It is frantic, post-modern and frothing with insane tech. The nature of the world is the nature of the novel, which has the TV-remote-rapidity of earlier hits like Neuromancer, which set the stage for the genre and inspired such films as The Matrix. The writing is sharp and fast, described accurately on the cover as being "as glacially poetic as J. G. Ballard's", which pretty much hits the nail on the head.
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