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Synners Paperback – 12 Sep 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group (12 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568581858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568581859
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,086,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD, and shortlisted for the NEBULA, SYNNERS is a classic of cyberpunk fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In Synners, the line between humanity and technology is hopelessly slim. The human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with 'reality' is incidental. Now you can change yourself to suit the machines - and all it will cost you is your freedom, and your humanity.

'Ambitious, brilliantly executed . . . Cadigan is a major talent' William Gibson

'Cadigan's multifaceted talent includes a strong gift for definitive hardcore cyberpunk' Bruce Sterling

Pat Cadigan (1953-)

Pat Cadigan was born in Schenectady, New York and grew up in Massachusetts. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and she has twice won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She has lived in London since 1996.

978 0 575 11954 3

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Pat Cadigan's "Synners" - excellent, highly complex, cyberpunk sci-fi by an author I now very much want to read more of. Perspective switches between different characters in different narratives and I'm sure I missed a lot by only reading this in bits interspersed with a lot of other things. Synners are those who take imagery from the brains of others and turn them into a consumable form through a new form of surgical cuber modules. The idea is similar to that I first saw in one of William Gibson's "Kings of Sleep", one of the short stories in the Burning chrome collection, or the performers with cybered creative skills in Joan D. Vinge's "Cat's Paw", but "Synners" takes the idea further, developing it into a complex plot with a sideline of studies in Self and Consciousness.
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I didn't know Pat Cadigan before I read some obscure reference in a post at The Verge about cyberpunk authors, and that got me wandering about some old and new (for me) writers and books in the net, and lastly to the amazon store. I can't recommend this book enough for all cyberpunk genre lovers. If you love Gibson earlier works this is a must, as this book will seem in some parts familiar but still quite different and completely enjoyable.
I don't like to mention the plot of the books as I think is best for the reader, so you won't have any comment about it in this review.
As I'm Spaniard, it's a pity that there's no spanish edition of this book for I would had gladly bought it as a gift for some of my friends who are not so fluent in english.
One of (if not) the best books I've read this year.
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Synners - human synthesisers. Haven't you always wanted to be able to 'paint' music videos, straight from your mind? BE the music, BE the image. Just plug into your musician/band of choice, plug yourself into an output and wheeee!

Of course, when you can jack straight into someone's brain and pervert their sense of reality or steal the odd thought, things CAN get a bit rocky.

Synners is not an easy ride, but if you enjoy working hard at a book you'll LOVE it. From the first word you're dropped without warning into a possible future, just around the corner from here and now.

There's a great idiosyncratic cast, murder, machiavellian mystery, pathos, sex-drugs-&-rock n'roll, virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence, cybernetics... you name it. A fascinating plot woven by unusual, three-dimensional characters. Cadigan spins you up, down and sideways, but always with supreme control and elegance. A great wordsmith and a great story.

And if you think that's hard, try Mindplayers and Fools, too!
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I read this book some months ago and am only getting around to the review now. The disappointing aspect of this novel was the fact that it did not grip me in the way that good sci-fi does, whether high concept, action oriented or exploratory. From a style point of view, the book is centred on the music and media industry, with the main characters mostly involved with music. The problem with this was that it can be very hard to cogently present the feeling and effects of music, and in particular describe a music video, in text. Unfortunately, good chunks of the book are devoted to this. Also, to be honest, I still don't understand what 'synners' actually do.

The second aspect that was disappointing was the character relationships - I mean, who really cares about people who continue to invest in relationship with total wasters? There's unfortunately a good bit of that in the book as well, and as another reviewer pointed out, you simply don't care what happens to them. Also, the teen love interest plotline is laughable, but presented as a massive heartbreak when what it really is just a stupid infatuation by a girl with her head up her ass.

Too many of the characters are trying to be hip and cool, while other characters are supposedly hip and cool without trying. It says a lot about the book that I was rooting for the 'evil corporate executive' - I mean, at least he was trying to achieve something instead of moping around helplessly.

There are some interesting comparisons with Gibson's work, but that's it. You won't automatically like Synners if you loved Neuromancer, because Neuromancer was an action driven story. I didn't care for the dismissive lines in the books intro either in relation to that...
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