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    Wow This is a wild ride If you like Philip K Dick s writing and wondered what would happen if you extended his vision into the not too distant future, if you liked Bladerunner, if you liked The Matrix and even if you like all the film and fiction that has made an attempt to be any of the above, you will love Neuromancer.William Gibson said that while writing Neuromancer he went to see the Ridley Scott film Bladerunner and thought that his ideas for the book were hopelessly lost, that everyone would naturally assume that he had taken all of his queues from the film I have written that Bladerunner was that most rare of accomplishments, a film that was as good or better than the book Bladerunner was of course patterned loosely after Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick One reason why Bladerunner was as good was because Scott s vision was so different from Dick s Bladerunner was a distinctly cyberpunk vision, whereas Dick s was dystopian but not necessarily cyberpunk.Neuromancer has been called the definitive, benchmark novel of the cyberpunk sub genre Gibson takes his influences from Escape from New York, Anthony Burgess and from Phillip K Dick, among others, but then goes to a wholly different level It can even be said that Gibson, who in turn heavily influenced the producers of The Matrix, is a bridge between the older 60s post modernist dystopian science fiction with the modern, computer driven, angst ridden world weariness that has represented artists since the 80s Neuromancer defined the genre and I could hardly go a few pages without noticing how it had influenced literature and film since.As a book, this was excellent, I could not put it down Gibson creates an edge, a tension that exists throughout the narrative that grabs the reader and won t let him go Gibson is the literary successor to Phillip K Dick, an observer who does not skip ahead to a distant dystopian rebirth, but instead chronicles the ugly fall itself 2018 re readAs I type these words here in June of 2018, Goodreads says that I have rated over 1400 books and have reviewed over 1300 Of these I have listed six as being my all time favorites After thinking about Neuromancer for years and having just re read it, almost literally not putting it down, I am adding this to my very short list of beloved books.The PKD allusions are still there as is the Bosch esque attention to detail this is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds and ideas coming at you at ludicrous speed There are also the references to Bladerunner and Escape from New York and this makes me think of the shared consciousness and Jungian gestalt cultural observations that Gibson was tapping into in the early eighties What was going on in this time that made such talented artists as Ridley Scott and John Carpenter also envision such a world What caught my eye this time around was the noir elements to the story and Gibson s writing, heavy but fast moving as it is, tunes into a retro style that you can almost hear Harrison Ford s Deckard narrating as Case gets to the bottom of the twin AI mystery.At it s heart, this is of course THE cyberpunk novel, honorable mention to Neal Stephenson s 1992 Snow Crash Gibson was jacked into a time and space phenomena that was just below the subconscious and so struck a chord with so many But it is also a timeless speculative fiction novel in the sense that it depicts human isolation and technological alienation that Yevgeny Zamyatin and E.M Forster wrote about decades before Necromancer s influence on the Matrix films makes it the Godfather of post modern techno punk thrillers.A must read.

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    Eureka Hallelujah I ve had a wondrous epiphany I finally get itI have seen the light and understanding has dawned Gibson s manifest brilliance has revealed itself to me and I am left humbled and quivering in AWE After a rocky, tumultuous courtship that oscillated between respect and frustration through my first two readings of Neuromancer, number 3 became the CHARMing, rapturous awakening into a hopelessly devoted, head over heals love affair that I m confident will last a lifetime Now, with the ebullient fervor of the newly converted, I feel compelled to give testimony and proselytize the glory that is William Gibson s singular masterpiece.To begina small history INITIAL THOUGHTS My first exposure to this book was late in the 1990 s, long after it had already spent over a decade as the magical source of all things cyberpunk I came to it after having read several of its prolific spawn and decided it was time to visit the source code My first mistakefor Neuromancer is not the first cyberpunk novel or at least, that is not all it isnot even close I viewed the novel within the narrow confines of the world that it had created and completely missed its true magic I saw the novel through the fog of my faulty preconceptions I believed Neuromancer to be a jargon heavy, inside joke by the techno savvy and the computer literate as they thumbed their nose at the tech tarded luddites who couldn t see the pending future that lay before them I saw this as a novel for the cyberspacially erudite, and those not coded for the new paradigm were to be left behind in the trash heap of history along with the abacus and the printed word For those who have had a similar reaction to this book, youIwe were so, so, SO wrong It missed the point entirely Neuromancer didn t preach to the creators of the new, new thingit wasn t even, at its core, about technologyat least not in the instructional manual, code writing sense of the word William Gibson was techno stupid than techno proficient and his interpretation of the interpretation of the future was the vision of an artist not an engineer In fact, the few areas where Gibson had any knowledge about what he was writing are the areas that have become the most anachronistic What Gibson did seewith a clarity and exactitude that would make Nostradamus green with envy, was the path on which humanity was travelling Increased dependance on technology, increased detachment among individuals and a blurring of lines between nations And all of this led to that central, crystalizing vision of cyberspace, artificial intelligence and the world wide web And now we come to the reason why this book belongs among the MOST IMPORTANT WORKS OF LITERATURE ever created Gibson s inspired, non technical vision of the future was the lightning that created the fire of inspiration for the generation that then made his vision come to pass The teenagers and bidding technophiles of the 1980 s saw the fictional elements of Gibson s novel and said, holy shit, wouldn t that be cool and proceeded to make it so From Neuromancer s memorable first words, The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel to the final, mind shattering conclusion of the mystery of Winter Mutethis novel is probably the greatest example of life imitating art that literature has ever known and our world would be profoundly different, for good or for ill, in the absence of this amazing workWOW, sorry for waxing on so long, but like I said, I am the newly converted PLOT SUMMARY Our protagonist, Case, is an amoral, ex cyber cowboy i.e., hacker whose former bosses destroyed his ability to enter the matrix i.e., cyberspace as a punishment for his stealing from them They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel, his talent burning out micron by micron, he hallucinated for thirty hours The damage was minute, subtle, and utterly effective For Case, who d lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace, it was the Fall. Since his involuntary exile from the matrix, Case has become self destructive and suicidal and is hell bent on shuffling off this mortal coil but is unwilling or unable to accomplish the task himself A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly All the speed he took, all the turns he d taken and the corners he d cut in Night City, and he d still see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void The Sprawl was a long strange way home over the Pacific now, and he was no console man, no cyberspace cowboy Just another hustler, trying to make it through But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo, and he d cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, his hands clawed into the bedslab, temperfoam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn t there. in his i wanna die despondency, Case has been taking the most dangerous scores, the biggest risks, all along waiting for someone to put him out of his meat trapped misery.That is the hero of our little tale After this brief intro and some layered world building involving Chiba City, Case finds himself recruited by a group of criminals who agree to cure him in exchange for working with them on a complex caper involving aspects of cyberspace hacking and real world breaking and entering That is really the basic set up though it gives you less than a hint of the real flavor of the book The heist hack is really comprised of two primary jobs that are both connected to a burgeoning artificial intelligence known as Winter Mute That is really a bare bones description of the plot, but there are so many well crafted summaries floating around that I wanted to stick mainly with commentary MORE THOUGHTS Gibson s prose is like nothing I have read before and it took me a while to come to grips with that statement Gibson s writing is poetry, not jargon It s personal, internal and emotional, not cold and externally descriptive It s the dark, fevered dream of a world where humanity and technology have been inextricably fused together with results both miraculous and profane His prose is slick and jagged like a serrated knife beautiful, breezy and hard edged His verse is color of gunmetal and electricity and the texture of anger spilling on a meadow of dashed hope and unearned rewards It is as much about mood as it is about message Here s an example The drug hit him like an express train, a white hot column of light mounting his spine from the region of his prostate, illuminating the sutures of his skull with x rays of short circuited sexual energy His teeth sang in their individual sockets like tuning forks, each one pitch perfect and clear as ethanol His bones, beneath the hazy envelope of flesh, were chromed and polished, the joints lubricated with a film of silicone Sandstorms raged across the scoured floor of his skull, generating waves of high thin static that broke behind his eyes, spheres of purest crystal, expandingThe anger was expanding, relentless, exponential, riding out behind the betaphenethylamine rush like a carrier wave, a seismic fluid, rich and corrosive. Yeah, I am a big, big fan In case I wasn t clear about that before, I don t want you to think I was being wishy washy Before i wrap up, here is one example of the visual, visceral nature of Gibson s verse Night City was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast forward button Stop hustling and you sank without a trace, but move a little too swiftly and you d break the fragile surface tension of the black market either way, you were gone, with nothing left of you but some vague memory in the mind of a fixture like Ratz, though heart or lungs or kidneys might survive in the service of some stranger with New Yen for the clinic tanks. A unique, important and truly amazing reading experience and it only took me three tries to realize it DOH 6.0 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Winner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Philip K Dick Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee John W Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Locus Award for Best First NovelNominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel

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    For well over 20 years, I have seen copies of William Gibson s Neuromancer on the Sci Fi Fantasy shelves of nearly every bookstore I have gone into I recently decided to pick up a copy and read it I figured a book that s been continuously in print for over twenty years and is considered a ground breaking work in Science Fiction had to be good I figured wrong Neuromancer is a very convoluted novel It jumps from local to local and situation to situation in a very jerky way To add to the confusion, a good chunk of the novel takes place in a 1980 s cyberspace that seems very dated to this 21st century reader Gibson utterly fails at making any of the characters or settings come to life And, the action isn t very active There s plenty of sex and violence in the book, but it s all very pedestrian The violence is slightly exciting than the sex I couldn t even bring myself to care about the hero and what happens to him He has no passion, even when his ability to plug into the matrix is restored There is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness to the novel that doesn t ever let up It s depressing from beginning to end Neuromancer is considered to be groundbreaking in that it brought us the sub genre of cyberpunk However, it s just not very good For a much better cyberpunk read, try Neal Stephenson s Snow Crash It has many of the same elements as Neuromancer, but it s fleshed out better, has better character development and brings both the real world and cyberspace to life.

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    Adapted from ISawLightningFall.blogspot.comThe first time I tried to read Neuromancer, I stopped around page 25.I was about 15 years old and I d heard it was a classic, a must read from 1984 So I picked it up and I plowed through the first chapter, scratching my head the whole time Then I shoved it onto my bookshelf, where it was quickly forgotten It was a dense, multilayered read, requiring effort than a hormone addled adolescent wanted to give But few years later, I pulled the book down and gave it another chance This time, William Gibson s dystopic rabbit hole swallowed me whole.Neuromancer is basically a futuristic crime caper The main character is Case, a burnt out hacker, a cyberthief When the book opens, a disgruntled employer has irrevocably destroyed parts of his nervous system with a mycotoxin, meaning he can t jack into the matrix, an abstract representation of earth s computer network Then he receives a suspiciously sweet offer A mysterious employer will fix him up if he ll sign on for a special job He cautiously agrees and finds himself joined by a schizophrenic ex Special Forces colonel a perverse performance artist who wrecks havoc with his holographic imaginings a long dead mentor whose personality has been encoded as a ROM construct and a nubile mercenary with silver lenses implanted over her eyes, retractable razors beneath her fingernails and one heckuva chip on her shoulder Case soon learns that the target he s supposed to crack and his employer and are one and the same an artificial intelligence named Wintermute.Unlike most crime thrillers and many works of speculative fiction, Neuromancer is interested in a whole lot that plot development Gibson famously coined the word cyberspace and he imagines a world where continents are ruled by corporations and crime syndicates than nations, where cultural trends both ancient and modern dwell side by side, where high tech and biotech miracles are as ordinary as air On one page you ll find a discussion of nerve splicing, on another a description of an open air market in Istanbul An African sailor with tribal scars on his face might meet a Japanese corporate drone implanted with microprocessors, the better to measure the mutagen in his bloodstream When he s not plumbing the future, Gibson dips into weighty themes such as the nature of love, what drives people toward self destruction and mind body dualism It s a rich, heady blend.That complexity translates over to the novel s prose style, which is why I suspect my first effort to read it failed Gibson peppers his paragraphs with allusions to Asian geography and Rastafarianism, computer programming and corporate finance He writes about subjects ranging from drug addiction and zero gravity physics to synesthesia and brutal back alley violence And he writes with next to no exposition You aren t told that Case grew up in the Sprawl, which is the nickname for the Boston Atlanta Metropolitan Axis, a concreted strip of the Eastern Seaboard, and that he began training in Miami to become a cowboy, which is slang for a cyberspace hacker, and that he was immensely skilled at it, et cetera, et cetera No, you re thrust right into Case s shoes as he swills rice beer in Japan and pops amphetamines and tries to con the underworld in killing him when his back is turned because he thinks he ll never work again You have to piece together the rest on your own.Challenging You bet But it s electrifying once you get it.I ve worked by paperback copy until the spine and cover have split, until the pages have faded like old newsprint Echoes of its diction sound in my own writing Thoughts of Chiba City or BAMA pop into my head when I walk through the mall and hear a m lange of voices speaking in Spanish and English and Creole and German Neuromancer is in me like a tea bag, flavoring my life, and I can t imagine what it would be like if I hadn t pressed on into page 26.

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    A lozenge is a shape Like a cube, or a triangle, or a sphere I know that every time he types it, you are going to imagine a cough drop flying serenely by, but it s a shape It s from heraldry for god s sake You may want to look up some synonyms to insert for yourself when he uses it, here are a few diamond, rhombus, mascle Now that the greatest obstacle in Gibson s vocabulary has been dealt with, I can tell you that he writes in one of the finest voices of any Science Fiction author His ability to describe things in succinct, exciting, sexy ways is almost certainly the reason we owe him for words like cyberspace It took twenty years for his visions of leather clad kung fu ladies and brain computer interfaces to reach the mainstream in The Matrix, but only because he was that far ahead of his time.However, Gibson was no early adopter He used a typewriter to write a book that predicted the internet, virtual reality, hacking, and all the nonsense we re embroiled in now and some stuff we re still waiting for It can sometimes feel unoriginal, but, much like Shakespeare, that s because what we have today is based on what he was doing then.Though Gibson may not be as radical as Dick, or as original as Bradbury, there is something in his words, his stories, and his coolness factor that keep bringing me back Indeed, he is much accessible than the philosophically remote Dick, Bradbury, or Ellison, and all in a slick package.Just don t try to watch Johnny Mnemonic Ever He did write the best X Files episode, though Kill Switch He also wrote a script for Alien 3, which I have never read, but can state with certainty was better than the one they chose to film.

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    Context Sometimes the key to understanding something is context And never is that the case than with the book Neuromancer Neuromancer is a very famous, genre creating changing book, winner of many awards I m reading Neuromancer for the first time while not quite done, I find the story to be decent and the writing to be ok As just a book that I am reading, I would call it fair But that is an evaluation without context.Under what context does my evaluation change Well, one of the first things I noticed when I picked it up is that it was originally published nearly 25 years ago, in 1984 And it is at that point that the context suddenly clicks and becomes crucial Neuromancer is a book about, in large part, individuals exploring and exploiting cyberspace and, to a lesser extent, about artificial intelligence When this book was written, the vast majority of people did not own a computer it was just around the time when the idea of a family buying one started to become prevalent, and the computer they could buy did not have a hard drive and probably had no than 64kb of RAM the Apple IIe my family got in 1985 was expandable to 128kb of RAM than almost any program we would want to run could possibly need Pretty much no one had heard of the internet and email was virtually unknown The World Wide Web and webpages as we think of them today were still about 8 years away I was reasonably plugged in at the time and I first heard about WWW and html around 92 93 prior to that the internet for most people was email, independent bulletin boards anyone remember CompuServe , anonymous FTP, and Gopher When one considers what the world was like, what fiction about computers was like, at the time it was written, Neuromancer must have been absolutely stunning The innovation and direction were ground breaking in a way that little other fiction has likely been during our lifetime.An analogy would be the movie Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made Sit down and watch it with someone who enjoys movies but has never seen it Citizen Kane is a decent film with a decent story, but is hardly a stunning, blow the mind away movie, in any sense I m not sure it has aged particularly well, and I suspect a lot of people today find it a rather boring film But again, that is if we view it without context Contextually, Citizen Kane is one of the most influential movies ever made Many have said, rightfully so, that it not only taught Hollywood how to make movies, it taught the audience how to watch movies Citizen Kane uses nonlinear plot and flashbacks It uses unique camera angles and closeups and shadow, all in ways that were completely innovative and unheard of for the time Today, we watch Citizen Kane and it seems sort of ho hum, because generations of movie makers and watchers have been influenced by it At the time Citizen Kane was revolutionary, and it is in that context that its importance and influence are judged.While everything is created in some context, the context is not always critical Some works are timeless and stand fairly well on their own I think a book like The Count of Monte Cristo or The Hobbit can largely be enjoyed or disliked by someone without appreciation of when and under what circumstances it was written others will disagree Other works are best appreciated with respect to context The Jazz Singer is a rather poor film, but as the first talkie it killed the silent picture and changed Hollywood Citizen Kane was arguably even revolutionary, although in somewhat subtler ways And it is with a consideration of context, that the importance and value of Neuromancer can be judged.I m not trying to claim that Neuromancer is as important or ground breaking as Citizen Kane Neuormancer was likely not the first novel to explore the themes and concepts that it did, but it popularized a way of thinking about the role and future of computers and computer networks like no other novel has since The word cyberspace was popularized by this novel although original coined by Gibson in an earlier short story and Neuromancer has had both direct and indirect influence on all social cybernetworks and games e.g., World of Warcraft or Second Life I suspect the book is much easier to read now then it was when written, because so many terms and concepts which were new at the time are now just part of our current culture.If you newly read Neuromancer, you may or may not enjoy it as I already stated, I m finding it to be rather middle of the road overall , but you certainly will not understand its importance or influence for better or worse , without some consideration of context.

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    DNF at 61%.I am sorry, I really am I tried really hard to finish it and made an attempt to resume reading after a break I understand the huge influence the novel had on science fiction practically creating cyberpunk genre and introducing several words now in mainstream use I fully acknowledge it Let me say what was wrong with it in my opinion.If there was ever a victim of its own success, this book is it It was so successful lots of people began developing the same theme and often much better Take any kind of art and I can name better examples Movies cartoons Ghost in the Shell manga as well and The Matrix Video games System Shock and its sequel Deux Ex is supposed to be equally good, but I have not played it Literature Snow Crash if you ignore its abysmal ending or the total lack of thereof, to be exact Dare I say, Ready Player One This one is debatable The ideas presented are not so groundbreaking any At one point somebody smuggled super duper implantable memory chips with mind boggling capacity measured in megabytes Change it into terabytes and I might stop laughing What is left in a books when the ideas become old Characters The characters are absolutely positively flat a piece of paper has depth I could not care less about any one of them Regarding the heroine of the book I keep imagining the following dialog between William Gibson and myself in my head W.G Hey look, there is this girl who is also a skilled assassin How cool is that Me Yawns Sorry, I could not contain the excitement For your information every other heroine of a modern YA novel is a skilled assassin W.G She has special lenses implanted in place of her eyes Me You are not being too original In the modern days it is called bug eye sunglasses W.G She has retractable blades under her nails Yeah Me You mean, like Wolverine So lameI am also curious with the amount of drugs consumed, what is the average life expectancy in that world Surely no than 27 I also need to mention the writing style You as a writer is trying to tell a story If your style gets in the way of it, this is not called unique writing style this is called mental masturbation The way this story is told makes it confusing enough The writing style makes it incomprehensible I give one star to the books I DNF This time the second star is due to the huge influence of the novel at the time it was published I cannot give any than that.

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    Wow What a terrible book.First, let me just say that I read for entertainment value Anything else that happens is gravy That being said the biggest reason this book is so awful is that Gibson s characters are completely hollow Gibson makes it up as he goes along He ll introduce a character, barely describe him and then 10 chapters later toss in another description As if to say Oh, yeah did I mention his hands were chainsaws Yeah, they were totally chainsaws Cool right The reason this is such a headache is that once your mind s eye has cast the characters, as shallow as they are, all of a sudden there s a new dimension tossed in He doesn t just do this with characters, he does it with locations as well Never giving you a chance to really place the characters in a setting Other than a dark city street I mean, Try a little harder Gibson I m not a writer, but isn t that a sign of BAD WRITING The second reason this book is so bad, is Gibson s writing style I hate writing styles Stop trying to show off and just tell me a story The style makes Neuromancer a very difficult book to read I d read 2 or 3 chapters and literally have no idea what was going on Gibson will write a whole page with four lines of dialog and the rest of the page will describe absolutely nothing Reminds me of the Mark Twain quote Don t say the old lady screamed Bring her on and let her scream Now for the positives Gibson clearly just wanted to write a string of action sequences and techno babel Being a computer nerd myself, I found all of that interesting Towards the end the characters actually have dialog with each other and as things come to a head it actually get s entertaining here and there Another huge plus is that this book is considered the first true Cyberpunk work and has been heavily mined by Hollywood, Anime and pop culture in general Coining phrases like Matrix, Cyberspace, etc For me, this was probably the first book I ever read just to say I read it I don t regret it, but believe me, I m glad it s over because I literally forced myself through it Just wait for the movie It ll probably make sense.

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    I am going to have to admit that I was utterly confused by the majority of this book I mean, His eyes were eggs of unstable crystal, vibrating with a frequency whose name was rain and the sound of trains, suddenly sprouting a humming forest of hair fine glass spines How s that again Eggs of humming rainforest glass No Normally I would read a sentence like that and just throw in the towel But for all its trippy, surreal, dense prose, this book still manages to convey so much Reading it feels a lot like listening to a classic opera I may not speak Italian, but I can feel the emotion nonetheless I may have been confused about precisely what was happening in each moment, but I could feel the mood of this novel so thoroughly the disconnect, the loneliness, the craving, that left behind feeling of a species becoming obsolete.Case is a former cowboy, a thief operating in the matrix, a consensual hallucination that s a representation of the world s computer network Burned and forever disconnected from the exhilarating high of the matrix, Case lives a numbed existence of drugs and petty crime He s flirting with his own death But then, a mysterious new employer shows up and offers him a deal that he can t refuse his body and mind healed, his ability to jack in to the matrix restored, and all he has to do is pull off one job.This book has an amazing cast of characters, including a Rastafarian pilot, a sociopath who acts out his perverted fantasies with holographs, a family of clones, the disembodied construct of a former cowboy, an AI on a mission that he doesn t quite understand, a traumatized shell of a colonel, and a curvy BAMF with implanted mirrored lenses over her eyes and extending scalpel blades in her fingers One guess as to who s my favorite.Molly I ached for her Her flippant recall of a traumatic past, filled with loss and near continuous damage to her body and mind, made me ache She s so incredibly disconnected from everyone, but she still seeks out that memory of intimacy, however brief it is Now I really wish that I had read Johnny Mnemonic before this book, so that I could have a piece of her backstory from William Gibson and not from Keanu Reeves Although I just realized that Gibson wrote the screenplay Ahhhh.I love that this vision of the future is so bleak, but so optimistic at the same time Gibson made me exult in the evolution of a new consciousness he made me feel limitless and bodiless But he also made me so thankful to be awake and alive and bound up in all this meat I don t think that I ll forget this novel for a long time.Perfect Musical PairingMassive Attack Dissolved GirlMany thanks to Jo for introducing me to Massive Attack I can t think of a better theme song for Molly.

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    I was watching Jeopardy a few weeks ago when I first heard of Gibson Technology for 200 I coined the term cyberspace and the next morning on my commute to work I heard another allusion to the Canadian author on NPR A few days later, someone recommended I read Neuromancer so seeing as the stars were seemingly aligning to place a Gibson novel at the top of my to read list, I went out and bought this novel I am glad I did Not only did it remind me that I needed to read sci fi from time to time, but it was just good fun It recalled my high school days of first watching Ghost in the Shell, or Bladerunner or even Cowboy Bebop While Neuromancer, which brought cyberpunk to the main stream, may have its flaws, it delivers a good punch to the mind and will definitely keep you entertained.Gibson is clearly ahead of his time As I learned from Jeopardy, Gibson coined the term cyberspace in a short story of his back in the early 80 s He created futures heavily reliant on the internet and virtual reality far before either would be actualized and it is impressive how he wasn t far off the mark In Neuromancer, which was the first novel to win Science Fiction s triple crown of the Hugo, Nebula, and Phillip K Dick awards in 1984, washed up hacker Case is given a second chance after a double cross lead his former employer to inject a drug that would disable him from ever jacking into cyberspace again His second chance into cyberspace comes with a job veiled in secrecy involving a powerful AI and some sort of elaborate break in Teamed up with a program of a dead friends personality and a mysterious woman named Molly, who Case is able to ride along with seeing the world through her eyes as he can literally hack into her brain and become a passenger in her body begin mind melt , Case slowly pieces the job together as the danger and stakes rise It may not come across as the most fresh story, or set of ideas, but that is due to this novel being a major influence on countless books and films to come Back in 10th grade English, I remember classmates complaining that Shakespeare was riddled with clich s Our teacher countered this saying that it only seems clich since Shakespeare was the one who created this clich in the first place The same can be said of Gibson and Neuromancer Here you will find discussion of cyberspace and the Matrix a full realistic programmed world where the AI program Wintermute often brings Case to have a private discussion, that pop up constantly in later sci fi works The anime Ghost in the Shell may have found influences in this work and has several connections, and the film The Matrix has some obvious ties to both of these It was hard not to just picture the lobby scene from the Matrix when reading Molly s invasion of Sense Net This isn t intended to be a rip on the film, seeing as Gibson himself was quoted as saying that The Matrix was an innocent delight I hadn t felt in a long time and also called Neo his favorite sci fi hero ever Wikipedia as a source doesn t fly in the classroom, but it s always a good one stop research shop It is also amusing to note that when Gibson first saw Bladerunner in 1982, he damn near gave up on Neuromancer figuring his audience would just regard it as a rip off Thankfully he finished and received a much better critical reception than he anticipated It should be interesting when they finally get around to making this into a film imdb.com claims one is in the works for a late 2012 release, but apparently a film for this has been in some sort of works since the 80 s without any camera finally getting the record button pushed if the general population, especially those who aren t well read, will cry that it is a cheap Matrix rip off That would be some irony Also, you will find the origins of many band names the title of part 4 is The Straylight Run to name one and other film names if you shit your pants as a kid to Event Horizon you will find its titles origin near the end of the novel.Gibson does an excellent job creating this cyberpunk futuristic world, complete with new drugs and drug addictions, a strange blending of futuristic weapons and old ninja weapons, space stations, weird gravitation, and many others He completely immerses the reader in his world and does not bother with slowing it down and feeding it to you and instead just keeps ticking off his invented names and ideas and letting the reader put them together as they go Ice, for example, first caused me to scratch my head and wonder what the hell is ice before realizing it is a sort of anti virus firewall of sorts This technique gave the novel a better feel than others I have read where the author keeps removes the reader from the world to gloat about how creative his ideas for something are by overly describing it and its uses It is occasionally humorous how his 1980 s ideas of the internet come across compared to the actual modern day internet, although his Tron like virtual world where you immerse yourself into a visual internet seems much badass than the internet I am looking at right now As a reader you have to suspend your knowledge of what the actual internet and computers are like to fully appreciate and believe in Gibson s vision, but this is altogether not distracting and can cause some giggles like watching an old Planet of the Apes film The characters are a bit flat and Gibson doesn t employ the best use of language, but we are reading sci fi here, not The Sound and the Fury so this is forgiven Also, the ideas are enough to keep your mind working and there are a few mind bending moments I loved the concept of The Flatline and when Case sees himself through Molly The flat characters are forgiven because there is a space station full of dub listening, ganja smoking, shotgun toting Rastafarians and Gibson s use of dialect for them kept a smile across my face I fully endorse picking this up despite its flaws If you were a fan of anime or The Matrix, this will give you that same dorky joy I don t embrace my dork joy enough any and you can see the origins of many sci fi plots and concepts But don t just take my word for it, I d recommend reading Mike Sullivan s or K.D s reviews and literally any of their other reviews, always spot on and Time also included this on their Top 100 of the century list I will definitely read another of Gibson s books in the future t s a righteous good read mon 3.5 5

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