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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.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 1984
Edition: Ace mass market ed
ISBN: 9780441569595
Branch Call Number: SF GIB
Characteristics: 271 p. ;,18 cm


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wolfwaltz Sep 04, 2020

Even if this novel wasn't almost singlehandedly responsible for creating the modern genre of cyberpunk, it would still be a fantastic and worthwhile read. Part heist story, part transhumanist journey, and part drug trip, Gibson's first novel is a must read for any science fiction fan or for anybody looking to branch out.

Jul 13, 2020

Put aside any genre defining descriptions, Gibson is a fantastic writer. His prose and dialogue are amazing. The way he takes a reader through the story is nothing short of masterful.

Jun 27, 2020

A gripping and gritty narrative, the richly-textured writing style of which doesn't age poorly at all - the technologies of modem and television have morphed alongside arcologies and virtual reality simstims, and the inner worlds of data visualization, hacking, and AI are all very present and real sub-levels of the future we are starting to live.

May 16, 2020

I may be too smooth-brained but I didn't really get it. Some interesting ideas but I found the narrative hard to follow.

OPL_DavidD Jan 05, 2019

An important book. The genre of cyberpunk predicted the future pretty well, although the dystopia we live in isn't as stylish or cool as the genre predicted. The novel itself is compelling and suspenseful, with an anti-hero who you want to succeed, despite the mistakes he makes.

Did Gibson predict cyberspace and the matrix or did fan-boy computer nerds just like the ideas and decided to create them? Who knows? I love the first line of this novel, “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel” and some of the story was good in a Bladerunner sort of way, but I just don’t enjoy “Cyberpunk” and thought the characters were shallow. Your experience may differ.

Apr 09, 2018

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

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.

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.

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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