Neuromancer by William Gibson

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18 Critic Reviews

...unlike so many improving and notionally educational books, it's stylish, adult, exciting and fun. It's a door to a greater world.
-NPR

Synopsis

SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION —THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL OF THE PAST TWO DECADES

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene—it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.

Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.
 

About William Gibson

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Williams Gibson was the first author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award also known as the “triple crown” of Science Fiction, on his debut novel Neuromancer. He lives in Canada and continues to write award winning critically acclaimed science fiction.
 
Published July 1, 2000 by Ace. 292 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Neuromancer
All: 18 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 4

Guardian

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Reviewed by Ed Cumming on Jul 27 2014

The book is more than a decade old but, re-read today, it feels more astute than 99% of the novels written since.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Mar 03 2010

A decade would elapse after its publication before the New York Times would even bother to notice that Neuromancer existed...The judges on the awards panels got this one right, even if the highbrows missed out for many years.

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Mar 03 2010

Everybody has the raddest gear in Neuromancer, yet they still need to use pay phones because the cell phone is not part of the envisioned environment. Still, fans of this book — there are many...will overlook such tiny oversights: by any reasonable standard of forecasting, Gibson’s novel stands out as one of the most prescient of its era.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Nick Harkaway on Dec 31 2012

...unlike so many improving and notionally educational books, it's stylish, adult, exciting and fun. It's a door to a greater world.

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Reviewed by Devon Shepherd on Aug 21 2011

...it isn’t hyperbolic to claim that William Gibson’s 1983 classic, Neuromancer, is a must-read in our world of ubiquitous WI-FI, 24-hour connectedness, and the Blue Brain reverse engineering project, a world in which a recent Time magazine cover claimed The Singularity would be upon is in less than 40 years.

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SF Signal

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Reviewed by Andrew Liptak on Aug 02 2014

Neuromancer is one of the more important books to enter the genre, and as it celebrates its third decade in print, it’s an interesting one to go back and look upon and to understand just how revolutionary the title was at the time.

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Reviewed by atrilogy on Oct 01 2015

Neuromancer is anti-war/feminist/counterculture/humanist/optimistic and more concerned with surreal unconscious inner space than interstellar space. Moral ambiguity blackens all the characters' hearts as they manipulate each other. Yet humanity and what it means to be human is at the core of the novel.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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Reviewed by Inverarity on Dec 10 2012

Neuromancer is the original "cyberpunk" novel. It defined cyberpunk. It's got a voice and an edge and you will recognize every single trope in the book because it was the trope definer. I found it entertaining but mostly unremarkable, the characters flat, the plot something that's been imitated into unoriginality.

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Under My Apple Tree

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Reviewed by Leslie on Jan 17 2012

Usually I don’t like to put this much work into understanding a novel, but with this one I feel it’s worth it. The book’s greatness lies in what it ushered in. It served as inspiration for the next generation of techies to invent the things that Gibson only imagined.

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SF Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Antony Jones on Dec 05 2012

Gibson is a master storyteller who weaves his web to a perfect pace and perfectly placed plot with brief, instense descriptions of action and moments of calm and reflection.

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Eagle

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Reviewed by Russ Allbery on Feb 27 2012

The plot is one of Neuromancer's strengths. It's a short and fast-moving book with a lot of tense action, dangerous characters, risky alliances...Unfortunately, strength of plotting is offset by weakness of characterization...Neuromancer is a book worth reading...but I wouldn't drop everything to go find a copy.

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Reviewed by CAT ELDRIDGE on Oct 04 2015

Yes, it's dated...Yes, it's become almost a cliche of itself. Yes, it created an entire sub-genre of which much should never have been printed. (I will not mention names here.) But it's damn good... If you haven't read it yet, this edition is your chance to do so; if you have read it, but don't have a copy in your own possession, go get it now.

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Above average
on May 10 2011

I have to say that Neuromancer is a very good novel. I felt it in the way it was written and in the way the images were practically leaping at me from the pages. My reading experience, however, was not so pleasant – the book didn't really grip me until the last third of it...

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Reviewed by James Schellenberg on Apr 20 2004

Gibson's exposition is also a marvel to behold all the way along, gradually immersing us in Case's world. Neuromancer is actually one of the key examples in Doctorow and Schroeder's recent The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Science Fiction. They use Neuromancer to demonstrate one of the best ways of writing exposition, acclimatization.

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The Rhapsodist

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on Oct 05 2010

Mr. Gibson deserves a lot of credit for creating his own slang in this story and consistently sticking to it, as it helps immerse the reader into his world. The language itself is dark and sensual, as fast-paced and nervous as our main cast. It is a thrill for the mind, a shock for the senses, and a thoroughly modern adventure.

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AQ's Reviews

Above average
on May 09 2012

I can understand why this is such a significant book. I can also understand why it won the awards it did. However, there are points where I feel Gibson is making the reader do a little too much work. Also, the plot, overall, is not really all that great – or maybe I needed a little bit more depth to it.

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Truly Bookish

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Reviewed by Truly Bookish on Jan 30 2012

Neuromancer took a long time for me to read and because I’m such a character driven reader, it was hard for me to like this book. The first two-thirds of the book were deadly for me and I had to force my way through the slang and techno-babble...

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Fantasy Matters

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Reviewed by Jen on Sep 22 2011

...I felt that Neuromancer fell short of a science fiction great for me and instead, just achieved mediocrity. Neuromancer laid the groundwork for other cyberpunk novels that I love, for which I am eternally grateful, but just did not excite me like many other novels in the genre.

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