Synners Paperback – 12 Sep 2001
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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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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.
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!
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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I used to read a lot of SF when I was younger - admittedly not 'cyberpunk' as this book was sold to me as a 'must-read' of the genre! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Benastrada
Dense, difficult to navigate, but in Cadigan's distinctive style, good if you make the effort. Characters not as engaging as usual, I stopped reading about 80% through because I... Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by Amazon Customer