NeuromancerWilliam Gibson


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Neuromancer by William Gibson Book Summary

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.

Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.

Neuromancer (William Gibson) Book Reviews

HmPropulsive, convulsive, and satisfying— Gibson’s Neuromancer reads like a glass of oil pours. Sensuous but immediate, a feast for the hungry mind, or for anyone contemplating issues of unity with the many intelligent forces we are too terrified to fully grasp..Score: 5/5

ImmersiveThe book pulls you in and holds you until its over then leaves you wanting more..Score: 5/5

Brilliant, fast-paced sci-fiFinally getting around to reading Neuromancer after already enjoying the cyberpunk genre through various video games and movies made for a sort of reverse referential reading, the sort of thing where I often found myself thinking, “oh so this is where X, Y, *and* Z all got their inspiration from.” The book probably grabbed my attention faster than anything I’ve ever read, and made such a strong first impression that I actually texted someone after reading the first five pages with, “I’ve started reading Neuromancer, and I think it might be incredible.” Its story is inventive, its writing and structure immediate and fast-paced, its characters tremendously flawed and memorable, and my goodness the imagery that flows through this thing. I’ll never forget the introduction to Chiba City. Just amazing..Score: 5/5

Weird slang and hard to visualizeConfusing slang terms and hard to visualize what the author is trying to describe, trying to fight to read the rest of the book, kinda upset I spent money on this.Score: 3/5

100 Words or LessI was looking for something weird and fast paced … and this novel fits. Does it always make sense? No, especially at the beginning. You have to slog through the first few chapters, trusting the author, until it begins to come together. That’s his style: throw you in the deep end for better or worse. Personally, I enjoy the challenge when it works, and in this case it does for me. The world he creates is crazily fun. The plot whips along. The action is detailed and surprising. Overall, a quick hard-sci-fi enjoyable read..Score: 4/5

Took them long enough....For the longest time iTunes only sold Neuromancer in Germain and ALOT of people were seriously disappointed by the wait. I've been waiting a dog's age for this one to be released in english myself. Thank for finaly getting on the ball iTunes....better late than never..Score: 5/5

Better late than neverIt was nice to find this unique voice of the futuristic Zeitgeist that was the 1980’s. Plenty of a kind of “Free Jazz” in places, describing the poetry of consciousness exposed naked and vulnerable to its fraternal twin, the dream. Above all a ride, each character unforgettable, and crafted to birth many interpretations by way of leaving that license very much up to the reader..Score: 5/5

ClassicFirst book I downloaded via iBooks. Gibson's descriptions of the near future are virtually prophetic. A pleasure to read ebooks on the iPad. Now please bring "Virtual Light"; that is my favorite novel..Score: 5/5

Books don't get better than this!If you live in the modern world... If you use a computer... If you have ever been "on" the Internet... If you like a good story... If you like strong, vivid prose... Then you must read this book..Score: 5/5

AwesomeThis by far one the best sci fi books I ever read, I have read it at least ten times since 83 and it never gets old.Score: 5/5

This is where The Matrix got it's ideas fromRead this book and you'll soon realize that The Matrix did not get it's ideas from Ghost in the Shell as many people say, but rather The Matrix *and* Ghost in the Shell both got their ideas from this groundbreaking book. A must-read not just for any sic-fi fan, but for any one interested in literature and popular culture in general....Score: 5/5

The future was then, but it shows up now and also laterAccording to lore, Gibson got the idea of this epic book from watching Escape from New york. The line that planted the seed was: "You flew the gulffire over leningrad," From that we got cyberspace and a sort of reverse engineered computer reality. While it did not create cyberpunk, it gave it the shove to the front that made if break into reality. Read it, love it, live it. I just wish Willam would get back on the ball and write some more like it, unlike his last two..Score: 5/5

Gibson is insightfulIt's hard to believe this book was written in 1983. It could have easily been composed in 1993, 2003 or 2013. The view of the future is dead on and in many ways we're still catching up. Excellent work and highly recommended..Score: 5/5

Indecipherable gibberishFrustrating book to read. Confusing description after confusing description without ever establishing a solid base to progress from. Found myself constantly rereading to garner meanings out of gibberish. Found it annoyingly tough to understand his nicknames and couldn't muster the brain energy to make enough of an effort to do so. I strongly dislike this style of writing and much prefer imagining my own atmosphere from a clear, simple description to struggling to find sense in this abstract and unnecessary excess of a book..Score: 2/5

This I not science fictionLet me say it again, this is not science fiction. Yes, some of it does take place in space, and yes it does take place in the future, but it is not Science Fiction!! It is a drug trip, a very poorly written drug trip that makes no sense at all. Don't waste your money like I did..Score: 1/5

Remarkably PrescientTo read Neuromancer on an iPad will the memory that I cherish of the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. Never before have a vision of the future been so prescient. We are all jacked in now, on our iPhones and iPads, a constant data stream available 24/7 to which we are able to jack in and interact with others through our avatars on facebook or myspace. Gibson saw the future and we are living it today..Score: 5/5

The bestOut of the many, many books I've read over the last 40 years, this is the best. I just reread it again after 20 years, and I enjoyed even more than the first time. So many things have changed since then, and many of them happened because of this book. I am in awe..Score: 5/5

A Few Diamonds in this DustbinThere are a few ideas here that are pretty impressively prescient, given when the book was written. And there are some strong characters and vivid action scenes. But the plot is really a wreck. Quite difficult to follow in terms of what’s going on. Lots of first person narration from very drug-addled or tech-distorted perspectives. The number of people who give this 5 stars leaves me baffled. It’s a badly written book with a few strong points..Score: 3/5

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