- Mass Market Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (July 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441569595
- ISBN-13: 978-0441569595
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Praise for Neuromancer
“Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications.”—The New York Times
“Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance.”—The Washington Post
“Science fiction of exceptional texture and vision...Gibson opens up a new genre, with a finely crafted grittiness.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Epic in scale...shimmers like chrome in a desert sun.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A revolutionary novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“In with the ruthless violence, the hyperreality, the betrayal and death, is an unquenchable love of language. Gibson has that in common with Le Guin and with J. G. Ballard. Neuromancer sings to us as a collage of voices, a mixed chorus, some trustworthy and others malicious, some piped through masks.”—James Gleick
“Streetwise SF... one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon.”—London Times
“Unforgettable...the richness of Gibson’s world is incredible.”—Chicago Sun-Times
About the Author
William Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count Zero, Burning Chrome, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
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I am so relieved it’s finally over.
One of the most painfully boring and confusing books I’ve ever read. The author offers virtually no world building or explanation; rather he throws all these foreign and made up terms at you without defining them and just expects you to catch on. Same with characters. I didn’t care about a single one of them, and honestly I only kept up with the plot by periodically referencing Wikipedia. Even having understood the plot from Wikipedia, it’s really not that intriguing.
I have no idea what fans see in this, and I’d recommend something like Snow Crash instead.
My husband read it first and hated it. He recommended that I not read it at all. I think he’d give it zero stars if he could. He said it was a total waste of time. I tried reading the first few chapters a few times, then decided to trash it.
Reminded me of the JRR Tolkien books, which were difficult to read, but I thouroughly enjoyed. I read those in high school, maybe I’m not as patient as I was back then.
Top international reviews
Whilst the depiction of the world inside a computer is a little silly, with data visualized as physical form, you'd have to credit this as contributing to everything that followed, from Tron to the Matrix and beyond. And I can't help thinking that Case's anarchic life on the edge of legality and society is a remarkable foretlling of the hacker society that would not really come into existence until 20 years after the book was written.
It introduces new jargon all the time, with no explanation or expansion, creating a sense of pace, but one that loses you quickly to the point where you stop caring if you're following. The characters aren't particularly compelling and a little cliched. The ending was weak.
I kept at it, but in the end reading from the perspective of 2019+ it's not worth reading anymore, unless you want a historical look back at how someone in the eighties guessed close to the truth; law of large numbers says someone out of the thousands was going to.
Sometimes Gibson lost himself in watered down descriptions which tended to dilute the plot, which is the reason behind the lack of a fifth star. But when the plot actually kicked in, I was all-in with Case, Molly, Wintermute, Armitage and all the incredible characters Gibson managed to craft. And his style was stunningly effective to describe filthy and grubby visuals all over the book, which contributed to a clear painting of his fascinating world.
Not to mention this man was able to predict most of the virtual reality and cyberspace tropes in the 1980s. Something to be extremely proud of.
Overall, a Cyberpunk milestone, and definitely one of the greatest sci-fi stories I've ever read. Strongly recommended!
I know that it's part of a trilogy, but the way it ends is weak.
If you like having to work hard to understand some of it, then you might enjoy this, I didn't. I get the feeling that the difficult to understand descriptions made perfect sense in the authors mind, but he didn't think about how the reader might find this. Or he didn't understand some of those parts himself and just threw them in anyway. I was pleased to finish it, Now I want to forget about it.
You can find yourself puzzling over a lot of the futuristic jargon if you're a first-timer to Gibson's work like myself. Nonetheless, your imagination is left to fill in some of the gaps. Ultimately, you do feel like your in a wholly different universe with a neologism for a language.
Will be looking forward to reading the proceeding entries in this exciting series, and to draw parralels to Cyberpunk 2077!
V. dissappointed :(