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Neuromancer [Paperback]

William Gibson
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27 Nov 1995

Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It changed forever the way we look at tomorrow and was the inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Matrix. In 2009 it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (27 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006480419
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,005 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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Case was the best interface cowboy who ever ran in Earth's computer matrix. Then he double- crossed the wrong people.… Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards.


‘Set for brainstun…one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon!’ The Times

‘A masterpiece that moves faster than the speed of thought and is chilling in its implications’ New York Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, groundbreaking book. 29 Mar 2005
This is a wonderful book - original, packed with ideas and simply crackling with energy and wit. Gibson has documented incredible, wild vision of the (near) future. It is a world of high technology and low life, a world where designer drugs and surgical enhancements are ubiquitous. In writing this book, he created (or at least popularised) a new genre: cyberpunk.
Neuromancer is not perfect. The characterisation is patchy (at best), some of the dialogue is stilted and the plot occasionally meanders but it is a still tremendous piece of work that has stood the test of time quite well.
Note that this is the first part of a trilogy and as such leaves a number of questions hanging. The other parts of the trilogy Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive are also very good and complete the story nicely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neuromancer invented its own genre. 16 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Neuromancer is the epitome and the antecedent of all cyberpunk fiction. In fact, it is with this book that Gibson, seemingly quite accidentally, actually coined the term "cyberspace" (not to mention providing the original "matrix"). The characters are vivid and interesting, and the world that they inhabit is just as colourful, in its urbanized, futuristic way. Neuromancer is relatively brief, laudably free of some science fiction writers' tendency to expound verbosely on their philosophy of the future. Even so, Gibson's vision comes out in the writing, perhaps even more effectively. You will finish this book quickly. When you do, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive are just as well paced, continue in the same vein without becoming philosophical, and are refreshingly self-contained for science fiction sequels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remember when this was written. 6 Sep 2006
By Ben W
I don't often foray into sci-fi and certainly not cyberpunk, but I found this fascinating. Not great, definitely not perfect, but intriguing and challenging.

The challenge comes mostly in the jargon-loaded language, but that wasn't half as tough to penetrate as I expected. Simultaneously it also provided the greatest reward - bearing in mind when this book was conceived it displays some fascinating insights and prophecies around the future of technology.

Beyond that, I have a suspicion that the book is not quite as deep as it makes out! Case and Molly are the sort of protagonists that a good book needs; special but flawed. I certainly think an opportunity was missed to deliver more richness to these and other characters, but this will hopefully develop through the trilogy. The story itself is also subservient to the technological vision, but again it does set up the following books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely influential and way ahead of its time 26 Jun 2001
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After reading some 100 pages of this book, I realised how many other books, TV shows and movies it has directly and indirectly influenced. The shock was looking at the inside cover to realise that the book was first published in the mid-1980s. It is so far ahead of its time that it's scary. The first few pages were a little off-putting and I couldn't quite accept Gibson's writing style, but with a bit of perseverence, either his editor tightened things up, or I got used to it. And from that moment on, I enjoyed every page. Just like modern times, there is too much information and it takes real reading to understand and absorb every detail, every new construct and every fictional technology. But it's worth the effort. A class sci-fi book in a genre overly-populated with dirge. It stands up against any genre as a very good book indeed.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated? Maybe, but a book to read before you die! 12 Sep 2006
Like a bullet to the head, Neuromancer (and Gibson) arrived in 1984 to almost universal acclaim and allegedly kick-started the Cyberpunk movement which has influenced certain branches of SF ever since. Whether or not they choose to call their work cyberpunk or not is immaterial. The work of Simon Ings, Grimwood, Chris Moriarty, Michael Swanwick and dozens of others would arguably not have been the same had this novel not been as successful as it was.
The prose is fast, clever, snappy, set against a background of half-working neon in streets where disposable computer equipment is strewn like empty fast food cartons.
Our hero, Case, is a cyber-freelancer, able to jack himself into computer-systems and experience cyberspace as a three dimensional reality. Case, however, tried to steal from one of his more dubious clients who subsequently infected him with a Russian mycotoxin, effectively rendering him incapable of cyberspace work and therefore unemployable. We therefore meet him, down on his luck, and mixing with some rather eccentric characters in a downtown bar in Japan.
For me, it reads like `The Maltese Falcon in Space'. There is a pervasive noir element, since Case - like many a Nineteen-Forties gumshoe - is forced to take on a job, the full details of which he is not fully aware. There's a beautiful and dangerous woman (by the name of Molly) and a mysterious benefactor, as well as a supporting cast of neon-lit lowlife.
Like any classic noir novel, the action and the protagonists move between street level and the crazy billionaire family who are literally `above the clouds', since they live within their own Las Vegas style space station.
It's exciting, challenging, dense with atmosphere, and very much deserves its cult status as a modern classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected
Considered a classic, though I must admit to struggling a little. Essential to better understand the better book of the trilogy, Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Published 6 hours ago by Bob Irvine
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible
I ploughed on gamely to the end hoping the book would redeem itself. I found it completely incomprehensible. Everything was wrong: the lack of plot; the neologisms; the characters. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Influential But Far From Perfect
Reading this one again showed that Neuromancer is doubly dated. It shows its time of writing (most books do) but also the dialogue is clearly late-60's biker slang. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. C. Flynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Got bored very quickly and only got part way through the book. Matrix fans - this bears no resemblance whatsoever to the film - don't bother.
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Published 1 month ago by Mark Rotherforth
3.0 out of 5 stars Noticeably showing its age
Prepare to enter a world in which 3 megabytes of RAM is so valuable it's worth killing for. While Neuromancer makes bold claims to have "invented" the concept of... Read more
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