Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.
Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
William Gibson’s influential novel came out in 1984, years before most people had heard of the internet. While cyberspace—a term Gibson coined in an earlier story—hasn’t quite turned out like the author predicted, the book remains a head-spinning science fiction classic. The plot is deceptively simple: Suicidal superhacker Case and his razor-clawed new partner Molly are tasked with tracking down a sentient artificial intelligence. But Gibson’s grimy mystery pushes them into the half-virtual world of the Sprawl, a dystopian megacity ruled by corporations and criminals. Neuromancer gives us future-shock shivers every time we reread it.
William Gibson fans will welcome the 20th-anniversary edition of Neuromancer, the SF novel that launched cyberpunk and anticipated the Internet age. Gibson provides a new introduction, "The Sky Above the Port." .
100 Words or Less
I was looking for something weird and fast paced … and this novel fits.
Does it always make sense? No, especially at the beginning. You have to slog through the first few chapters, trusting the author, until it begins to come together. That’s his style: throw you in the deep end for better or worse. Personally, I enjoy the challenge when it works, and in this case it does for me.
The world he creates is crazily fun. The plot whips along. The action is detailed and surprising. Overall, a quick hard-sci-fi enjoyable read.
A Few Diamonds in this Dustbin
There are a few ideas here that are pretty impressively prescient, given when the book was written. And there are some strong characters and vivid action scenes. But the plot is really a wreck. Quite difficult to follow in terms of what’s going on. Lots of first person narration from very drug-addled or tech-distorted perspectives. The number of people who give this 5 stars leaves me baffled. It’s a badly written book with a few strong points.
Weird slang and hard to visualize
Confusing slang terms and hard to visualize what the author is trying to describe, trying to fight to read the rest of the book, kinda upset I spent money on this