Count Zero (Sprawl, #2)

308 pages

English language

Published Sept. 16, 2006 by Ace Books.

ISBN:
978-0-441-01367-8
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Count Zero is a science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer William Gibson, originally published in 1986. It is the second volume of the Sprawl trilogy, which begins with Neuromancer and concludes with Mona Lisa Overdrive, and is an example of the cyberpunk subgenre. Count Zero was serialized by Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in the 1986 January (100th issue), February and March issues, accompanied by black and white art produced by J. K. Potter. The January cover is devoted to the story, with art by Hisaki Yasuda.

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Enjoyed it more than Neuromancer

4 stars

I had bought the entire Sprawl trilogoy some time ago, together with Burning Chrome. I was quite lukewarm on Neuromancer so I had been putting Count Zero off for a while and only really got around to it after changing how I take things from my to-read shelf (no more putting things off!).

I definitely enjoyed this a lot more, and it solidified my feelings on what it was that prevented me from enjoying Neuromancer as much as I had hoped too.

While Neuromancer had only really one pov character, I found it really hard to orient myself while reading it. Locations seemed to change in a way that I found hazy and indistinct, too transient characters would appear and fade away, and I was never quite sure where we were or who anyone beyond the protagonist and Molly were. Tracking all of this required a level of attention that …

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