- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Idoru Paperback – 26 Oct 2000
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"IDORU INDUCES READER ANXIETY, AN ALMOST HURTFUL NEED TO JACK INTO THE NEXT PAGE...EVERY WORD IS WHERE IT SHOULD BE -- LEAN, EVOCATIVE, TENSE. POPULAR CULTURE IS WILLIAM GIBSON'S PLAYGROUND. ENJOY THE RIDE".
-- WIRED --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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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?Read more ›
Like Gibson's other best novels, this fits together with the precision and elegance of a complex piece of origami (like Chia's digital Venice), and the whole pleases me so much that I return to it again and again. This is a book I re-read when I'm feeling low, because it is such a joy to spend time with a writer who really knows what he's doing. A underrated classic.
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A brilliantly realised and oddly prophetic tale of love, fandom and the loss of personal privacy in an age obsessed with celebrity status, where not even your shopping lists are... Read morePublished 22 months ago by pippi-lotta
I was hooked from the first page and I spent all of Christmas day and most of boxing day reading it. Loved itPublished 22 months ago by J. Magee
Second time through. Still difficult to put down. Great mix of characters ranging from Chandler old hood types to Manga. The heavy tech stuff presented as easy and inevitable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Peter Rodgers
The late Bob Shaw coined a phrase for the small details of Science Fiction that he (and other writers) used to bring some flavour and verisimilitude to their work, and this was... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2010 by Amazon Customer
Again I think Gibson has made a flaw in this middle one, I think it tries too hard essentially as absolutely none of the characters were interesting and woo hoo a hologram is... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2010 by Paul M
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. Read morePublished on 5 July 2008 by D Brookes
'Idoru' is something of a follow-on to Gibson's earlier novel 'Virtual Light', sharing the same background world and carrying over a couple of minor characters, though with the... Read morePublished on 2 May 2007 by Jane Aland
I was most disappointed after having read most of Gibson's other work. The story -various characters gravitate to Japan because of a rock star's plans to marry a virtual celebrity-... Read morePublished on 21 April 2002