Winner of the Hugo Nebula and Philip K Dick AwardsCase was the sharpest data thief in the Matrix until an ex employer crippled his nervous system Now a new employer has recruited him for a last chance run against an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence With a mirror eyed girl street samurai riding shotgun he's ready for the silicon quick bleakly prophetic adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction Alternate cover for ISBN 9780441569595

10 thoughts on “Neuromancer

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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 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 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 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 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 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