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Published July 1, 1984 by Ace.

ISBN:
978-0-441-56956-4
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4 stars (143 reviews)

The first of William Gibson's 'Sprawl' trilogy, Neuromancer is the classic cyberpunk novel.

More information on the [novel's official page][1].

[1]: www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/neuromancer.asp

73 editions

reviewed Neuromancer by William Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy, #1)

A fun romp back where it all began...

5 stars

It's funny, because I've always considered this book to be a lot more complex than it was. I read it in my 20s and decided to revisit it (and probably the rest of the Sprawl trilogy) after re-reading the Bridge Trilogy.

It's interesting to compare this to Gibson's later work, which tends to be a bit more cerebral and a lot more in tune, but it's still astounding how much he got right. And not just how much he got right, but how much he downright invented, concepts he introduced to our collective imagination.

It's a bit pulpier than I remember, but the story is filled with the kind of prose that elevates it to something else. It's something I've always liked about Gibson, his ability to take seemingly inane details and expound on them to make the world seem real. I think that's really what got me with this …

Debe leerse con gran disposición

3 stars

Uno de los libros que me ha resultado más difícil de comentar/calificar... Por un lado, me parece admirable la forma en que Gibson se adelanta a su tiempo de maneras que muy pocos se atrevieron y muchos menos consiguieron convertir casi en "profecías". Por otro lado, la narrativa es difícil de seguir... No por compleja, quizás es un asunto de gusto personal o del momento de mi vida en que lo leí, pero me costó conectar emocionalmente con los personajes. Me lo apunto como un libro al que le debo una segunda lectura, con una disposición diferente de mi parte.

reviewed Neuromancer by William Gibson

Desert Island Pulp Sci-fi

5 stars

Anyone wanting to argue than Neuromancer has aged like either milk or wine will readily find all the examples they could want to make their case; but the depiction of the consensual hallucination in Neuromancer still reads like a more futuristic network and virtual reality technology than anything we have today.

The words visionary and iconic get thrown around by hypebeasts and idiots to the point they're a debased and inflated currency, but describing Neuromancer without them is telling lies of omission. Parts of Neuromancer still describe a vision of what may yet come (and a far from idealised vision at that).

For anyone who hasn't read it, expect it to make less sense on your first reading than the second. Some things seem overly detailed but on rereading the same ink on the same pages somehow has written different words leaving me a completely different impression second time around. …

reviewed Neuromancer by William Gibson (Sprawl, #1)

Bible cyberpunku

4 stars

Neuromancer je dnes již klasické dílo, které před lety utvářelo jeden celý nový žánr. Jeho myšlenky byly a jsou nadčasové, forma zpracování je pro mě však obtížně stravitelná. Na čtení náročné dílo, které rozhodně nepovažuji jen za sci-fi oddychovku. Musel jsem mnohdy listovat zpět, abych našel někde zatoulanou nit. Pokud se však člověk úspěšně popere s formou, bude odměněn pozoruhodnou autorovou fantasií, která dnes již pomalu začíná prostupovat i dnešní realitou.

reviewed Neuromancer by William Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy, #1)

Review of 'Neuromancer' on 'Goodreads'

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 …

Review of 'Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow)' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I thought I'd read this before, but remember nothing. Which is surprising, because it was really freak'n cool. From the very first line, it's all so dang evocative. I had to re-read so much of it to savour each description. But also had to re-read a lot because I only read a page or two at a time, and I got lost a lot returning to it, because everything moved so fast. But hot dang, I see why it's a classic.

reviewed Neuromancer by William F. Gibson (The Sprawl Trilogy, #1)

Review of 'Neuromancer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

I'm reading this for the zillionth time & I love it still. If the tropes seem familiar it's because almost every part of this book has been reproduced, repurposed, & riffed on since it was written back in the 80s. Perfect cyberpunk.

reviewed Neuromancer by William F. Gibson (The Sprawl Trilogy, #1)

Review of 'Neuromancer' on 'GoodReads'

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 'Storygraph'

5 stars

In between holds from the library, I decided to pick Neuromancer up off my shelf at home. I remembered loving it when I first read it 8 years ago, but beyond the first act, this was pretty much a fresh experience.

Neuromancer is the cyberpunk sci-fi novel. Reading through today, you'll see tons of tropes common to the gritty sci-fi genre now, as it has clearly influenced works like [b:Ready Player One|9969571|Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)|Ernest Cline|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1500930947s/9969571.jpg|14863741] and [b:Altered Carbon|40792913|Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)|Richard K. Morgan|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1531415180s/40792913.jpg|2095852], plus The Matrix, Bladerunner and even Solo.

Reading this book feels like watching one of those sci-fi movies. It's so easy to put yourself in the world Gibson created. With all the 80s nostalgia going around, I found myself hoping somebody picks up a screenplay and turns this into a movie so I could enjoy the story again.

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