Neuromancer

(Sprawl Trilogy #1)

Paperback, 276 pages

English language

Published Aug. 25, 2000 by Ace Books.

ISBN:
9780441007462

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4 stars (78 reviews)

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.

43 editions

More about the ideas than anything else

3 stars

It took a long time to read because it’s so dense and a little abstract the whole way through. Some noir plots in the beginning with an action movie ending, which is all well and good, but the characters don’t have much depth to them.

It’s a absolutely an important piece of sci-fi pop culture but as a novel it’s not memorable for me.

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5 stars

Neuromancer is one of my favorite books, which I have read and reread over the past two decades.

I really like the cyberpunk genre of Science Fiction, with Neuromancer being one of the fathers or founders of “the movement” (I can't leave Mirrorshades aside, nor other seminal Gibson tales that are there in Burning Chrome…).

Neuromancer has it all. A lot of younger people don't like or even don't understand the vision we had of the future in the 1980s. The Matrix and Cyberspace were just some of our fantasies of the future. It is “curious” that nowadays any child has access to this universe on a tablet, accessing the Matrix while sitting on the sofa in the living room.

Gibson's writing is incredibly vivid. The way he play with words has, in my opinion, its apex in Johnny Mnemonic, earlier work, but Neuromancer also contains these characteristics.

I also …

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3 stars

Loved so much about this book. The story overall, the characters, the plot, the fictional world and its details (the questions, in the end, of sentience and whether we can ever know if an artificial version is distinct). And the fact that it was written in early 1980s is amazing.

I absolutely hated the writing style. It was so difficult to follow and purely because so little was explained. I think that's what made it so good, maybe? (That it was a blurry, outsider's view of this other universe) Nevertheless, I'd not recommend this book to anyone but a SciFi-obsessed avid reader.

Review of 'Neuromancer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The best cyberpunk novel there is, bar none. I read it for the first time, years ago, and the urging of one of my college professors. He was so right. I have come back to it several times over the years. I read it again this month, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. I have a real obsession with classic sci-fi, and for me this book is right up there with Philip K. Dick.

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2 stars

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Personalmente es una novela que me ha gustado y es un must de la ciencia ficción. También he de decir que conozco el género lo suficiente como para entender su contexto y estar familiarizada con la ambientación, y aún así ha habido partes que me han costado un poco. Por eso, por muy incónica/madre del género no puedo recomendarla para todo el mundo y le pongo sólo dos estrellas.

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2 stars

To be honest I was expecting something completely different when I set out to read Neuromancer. I was expecting a cyber-punk book but I think this was more of a sci-fi book with a lot of references to computers. I was expecting hackers, but I think William Gibson did a good job imagining hackers of the future. I was expecting outdated technology and while there was a small amount in the book, it was still very futuristic. This is the second Williiam Gibson book I’ve read (the other being The Difference Machine) and I kind of feel like his books can become confusing and can leave the reader with an uncertainty of what is actually happening. While Gibson is a very engaging writer about from my beef with complexity, I think this book left me wanting something different. I really think if I read this book in the 80’s it …

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Subjects

  • Computer hackers -- Fiction
  • Business intelligence -- Fiction
  • Information superhighway -- Fiction
  • Nervous system -- Wounds and injuries -- Fiction
  • Conspiracies -- Fiction
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