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SUMMARY Neuromancer 100 í 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 futureThe Matrix is a world within the world a global consensus hallucination the representation of every byte of data iHotwired 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 futureThe Matrix is a world within the world a global consensus hallucination the representation of every byte of data in cyberspaceHenry Dorsett Case was the sharpes. 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 NeuromancerWilliam 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 ueues 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 cyberpunkNeuromancer 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 sinceAs 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 booksThe PKD allusions are still there as is the Bosch esue 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 worldWhat 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 mysteryAt 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 EM Forster wrote about decades before Necromancer’s influence on the Matrix films makes it the Godfather of post modern techno punk thrillersA must read

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T data thief in the business until vengeful former employees 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 Cas. Adapted from ISawLightningFallblogspotcomThe first time I tried to read Neuromancer I stopped around page 25I 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 uickly forgotten It was a dense multilayered read reuiring 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 wholeNeuromancer 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 WintermuteUnlike 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 mindbody dualism It’s a rich heady blendThat 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 ownChallenging You bet But it’s electrifying once you get itI’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 mélange 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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NeuromancerE embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fictionThe 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 imaginatio. 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 opinionIf 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 Moviescartoons Ghost in the Shell manga as well and The Matrix Video games System Shock and its seuel; Deux Ex is supposed to be eually 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 WG 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 WG 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 WG 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 uniue 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