Neuromancer (Voyager Classics) Hardcover – Special Edition, 28 Mar 2013
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘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
‘Gibson is the foremost of a group of young American writers who are recording today’s hip, streetwise, computer-literate youth in science fiction terms’
‘Gibson is the Raymond Chandler of SF’
‘Gibson is up your alley. He is a technological fantasist with unparalleled sensitivity… wired direct to the mains’
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Whether Neuromaner is great literature or not is not for me to say: I enjoyed it for what it is: high-tech, futuristic fun.
The main problem here is that the futuristic dystopia that Gibson depicts is so alien to our own that it’s often hard to understand what he’s talking about. I was able to understand what was happening in the overall plot, but the little intricacies were lost on me and I kept finding myself either drifting off or getting confused when a plot twist happened. I kept not realising it was a twist because I didn’t know what was happening to begin with.
The story follows a character called Case, who’s injected with tiny sacks of mycotoxin that bond to his artery walls and threaten to eventually disintegrate, killing him. The only way for him to avoid death is to take on a mission for a man who says he has the antidote. Case’s skills lie in weird sci-fi obscurity, involving the ability to connect to a weird Matrix thing and see events through other people’s eyes.
I usually like science fiction, but this was such hardboiled sci-fi that I’d say it’s only for die-hard fans of the genre. That’d be why it won Hugo and Nebula Awards. At some points, it reminded me of William Burroughs, which can be equally difficult to read. But this wasn’t William Burroughs and for me, it just wasn’t much fun to read, and I was glad when I finally finished it.
Overall, then, this is the book for you if you’re into classic sci-fi. If you’re not, don’t bother. It’s pretty much that simple.
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