Neuromancer

Neuromancer

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"Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price. 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, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction."--Amazon web site.
Case, a nerve-damaged data thief, is recruited by a new employer for a last-chance run against a powerful artificial intelligence.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2000
Edition: Ace trade ed
ISBN: 9780441007462
0441007465
9780143111603
Call Number: F GIBSON W
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 21 cm

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One of the most influential pieces of science fiction in recent memory, WIlliam Gibson’s Neuromancer was a huge part of defining the term cyberpunk and shaped the gritty low life, high technology setting that is still relevant today. It is not so much of an exaggeration to say that without this n... Read More »

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, "Neuromancer" ranks with "1984" and "Brave New World" as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.


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elizali
Apr 09, 2018

Illuminating on many pop culture references and clearly a genesis for modern day sci fi, although a bit hard to follow.

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Starpoem
Mar 02, 2018

This book is not for the faint of heart. It's very "sex, drugs, and rock & roll." If you have the guts to stick with it, I think you'll find that it's masterfully written. Gibson hits you with a barrage of short, impressionistic scenes, building up to a grand adventure that that takes place partially in the real world and partially in cyberspace--all in less than 300 pages. You will be rooting for Case, Molly, and Maelcum--the odd heroes of this adventure.

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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 • 

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

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