Neuromancer

Neuromancer

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Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece--a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century's most potent visions of the future.

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

Henry Dorsett Case was the sharpest data-thief in the business--until a vengeful ex-employer crippled his nervous system. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth. 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.

The winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind's digital future--a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2000, c1988
Edition: Ace trade ed
ISBN: 9780441007462
0441007465
Branch Call Number: FIC/GIB 4565 1

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jimtroeltsch
Jan 31, 2018

Once you get used to the pulpy/noir dialogue and all the neologisms, this book is a lot of fun. An all around wild ride not without its profound moments... at least somewhat deserving of the literary prestige it has achieved.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 07, 2018

Reading William Gibson’s Neuromancer was for me a disorienting yet extremely rewarding experience. Right at the beginning of the book William Gibson introduces many new words and slang phrases to describe the futuristic world that the protagonist Case lives in. Names like “I.C.E”,“cyberspace” and phrases like “jacking in” threw me off at first but the neologisms in Neuromancer were very fun terms once I figured out what they meant. The story of Case is just as confusing and enjoyable as the rest of the book. He rapidly moves from being a burned out “console cowboy” (computer hacker) stuck in a rut after a botched infiltration attempt to being used for his skills to merge otherworldly intelligence AI together. Motivated to take on risky tasks so that he can connect with technology and feel truly human, Case is easy to empathize with since losing ones ability to truly think would feel suffocating. Overall I think Neuromancer, although quite confusing at first while the world is being introduced, turns into a riveting read once you get caught up in Case’s troubles and yearning to be connected to technology to feel fully himself.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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janwishart
Jul 08, 2016

Not sure I get the hype about this book.

TSCPL_LissaS May 10, 2016

A great book to read for a book discussion group along with a healthy serving of literary criticism and a technology timeline :)

I LOVE using the library's database Literature Resource Center to get overviews and insight into books and authors - the articles I read before book group gave me an edge over the folks who only read Wikipedia (which I also read.)

I followed this up with a re-read of Ready Player One for a slightly different take on the virtual reality.

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ace_combs
May 04, 2016

Gibson's preface acknowledges that he completely missed the idea of cel phones. In another novel that might be jarring but this one gets so much right that it slides right off. 32 years after its publication, this novel could have been written yesterday. The characters are compelling and the action is nicely written. My main quibble is that Case is less interesting than Molly and I think the novel might have been more interesting from her viewpoint.

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carlboygenius
May 02, 2015

This book has really stayed with me (over the years). A real pager-turner. I enjoyed every single moment of it. What a ride. [And I somehow doubt that this book will ever be made into a successful movie.] • WHOLE-HEARTEDLY RECOMMENDED • 

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is the seminal 1980s novel that essentially created the concept of cyberspace, as well as the sub-genre of science fiction cyberpunk--a label that Gibson disavows. Technological reality is quickly catching up to Gibson's dystopian vision. Gibson here has created a gritty criminal underground that survives on black market transactions on the fringe of a corporate-controlled society dominated by artificial intelligence systems. High-adrenaline, page-turning thriller with a dark and threatening mood throughout.

BrightonBeachBabe Oct 08, 2013

Reading this book for a book club.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 22, 2013

It's entirely possible that you had to have been there--had to have grown up before the Internet existed or at least before it was ubiquitous--to fall in love with this book as I did way back in 1986. But the characters are unforgettable and the lovingly-described world they live in is sooooo much cooler than the world you and I live in. Absolutely a must-read.

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AndyChang
Jul 03, 2013

Recommend to me by a friend who I respect highly as his favorite book. Read it to try and get a glimpse inside his head. Found it to be disjointed and filled with a myriad of fictitious terms that made no sense and detracted from its ability to maintain a cohesive story.

Am somewhat baffled that my well read and educated friend considers this the best book he's read.

After finishing it, I couldn't help but feel that this should have been the sequel to an unwritten previous book which would have given me insights into what this one was referring to throughout the story.

Probably my least favorite and the most confusing book I've ever finished.

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

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