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Idoru (Bridge Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1997
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21st century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature...
Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is an intuitive fisher for patterns of information, the “signature” an individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him useful—to certain people.
Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. She’s fourteen. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo/Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo/Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out.
Rei Toei is the idoru—the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo. True or not, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger...
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“Idoru is a prophecy, a prayer for information baths that never drown the supplicant. It is also a text on paper, beautifully written, dense with metaphors that open the eyes to the new, dreamlike, intensely imagined, deeply plausible. It is a profoundly cunning advertisement for a world whose enclosed spaces—and infinite domains within the skull—we had better be prepared to join.”—The Washington Post Book World
“Gibson’s vision is disturbing, his speculation brilliant and his prose immaculate, cementing his reputation as the premier visionary working in SF today.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gibson envisions a future in which the lines between the virtual and the actual are terminally blurred. How ‘real’ are today's celebrities?...What will happen when the Web allows anyone—anyone at all—to be a star? With characteristic brilliance, the writer who invented the word cyberspace looks for answers.”—Rolling Stone
“Gibson remains, like Chandler, an intoxicating stylist...Clever and provocative scenery...vivid, slangy prose. Chia is one of his most winning creations.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Spooky...[Idoru is] a sharp satire on the uses and abuses of technology and has much to tell us about the dangerous path science has laid out for us.”—Baltimore Sun
“Gibson's trademark of high-tech pyrotechnics and dark psychological comedy is in evidence throughout Idoru, and his characters are as compelling as ever. Gibson’s novel should come with a warning label: Objects in novel may be closer than they appear.”—Time Out
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- Publisher : Berkley (September 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425158640
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425158647
- Item Weight : 8.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 1.05 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a die-hard fan and this series is no different. Once you're in and invested in the characters, you're in for the long-haul
Gibson paints the tableau, puts you in the scenes as an unidentified co-conspirator and you're along for a very satisfying ride. I doubt this is the end of the Idoru journey...at least I hope not.
Set in a post-earthquake Tokyo of tomorrow, it is refreshingly not post-apocalyptic or dystopian but is atmospheric as hell and expands upon Gibson’s view of a potential future internet, while at its core remaining a strong action adventure novel featuring deep character development. Entertaining and worth the read, and holds up well even 22 years after original publication.
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Although the middle novel in the Bridge trilogy, this works well as a stand alone book. Whilst it's not quite as significant as, say, Neuromancer it is still wonderfully rich and involving, with characters it's genuinely hard to let go of when the story ends. One of the things that struck me whilst pondering my review is how hard it is to pigeonhole this book. It somehow manages to be a cyberpunk masterpiece, a tale suitable for the YA crowd, for die hard SF fans and for those who love mystery and intrigue filled spy thrillers. There's even some aspects that will appeal to the most ardent of "chick-lit" devotees. I think that you would be hard pushed to find a reader who did not find some point of connection with this story....and for those who connect strongly the works of William Gibson can open up a whole new plush textured and wholly immersive world.