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Text Þ Neuromancer Ó William Gibson E embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fictionThe winner of the Hugo Nebula and Philip K Dick Awards Neuromancer was the first fully realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves reinvented the way we speak and think and forever altered the landscape of our imaginatio DNF at 61%I am sorry I really am I tried really hard to finish it and made an attempt to resume reading after a break I understand the huge influence the novel had on science fiction practically creating cyberpunk genre and introducing several words now in mainstream use I fully acknowledge it Let me say what was wrong with it in my opinionIf there was ever a victim of its own success this book is it It was so successful lots of people began developing the same theme and often much better Take any kind of art and I can name better examples Moviescartoons Ghost in the Shell manga as well and The Matrix Video games System Shock and its seuel; Deux Ex is supposed to be eually good but I have not played it Literature Snow Crash if you ignore its abysmal ending or the total lack of thereof to be exact Dare I say Ready Player One? This one is debatable The ideas presented are not so groundbreaking any At one point somebody smuggled super duper implantable memory chips with mind boggling capacity measured in megabytes Change it into terabytes and I might stop laughing What is left in a books when the ideas become old? Characters The characters are absolutely positively flat; a piece of paper has depth I could not care less about any one of them Regarding the heroine of the book I keep imagining the following dialog between William Gibson and myself in my head WG Hey look there is this girl who is also a skilled assassin How cool is that? Me Yawns Sorry I could not contain the excitement For your information every other heroine of a modern YA novel is a skilled assassin WG She has special lenses implanted in place of her eyes Me You are not being too original In the modern days it is called bug eye sunglasses WG She has retractable blades under her nails Yeah Me You mean like Wolverine? So lameI am also curious with the amount of drugs consumed what is the average life expectancy in that world? Surely no than 27 I also need to mention the writing style You as a writer is trying to tell a story If your style gets in the way of it this is not called uniue writing style; this is called mental masturbation The way this story is told makes it confusing enough The writing style makes it incomprehensible I give one star to the books I DNF This time the second star is due to the huge influence of the novel at the time it was published I cannot give any than that

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Neuromancer Epub ☆ 292 pages Download ✓ William gibson â Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology Neuromancer is a cyberpunk science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the futureThe Matrix is a world Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology Neuromancer is a cyberpunk science fiction masterpiece a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the futureThe Matrix is a world within the world a global consensus hallucination the representation of every byte of data in cyberspaceHenry Dorsett Case was the sharpes EurekaHallelujahI've had a wondrous epiphanyI finally get itI have seen the light and understanding has dawned Gibson’s manifest brilliance has revealed itself to me and I am left humbled and uivering in AWE After a rocky tumultuous courtship that oscillated between respect and frustration through my first two readings of Neuromancer number 3 became the CHARMing rapturous awakening into a hopelessly devoted head over heals love affair that I’m confident will last a lifetime Now with the ebullient fervor of the newly converted I feel compelled to give testimony and proselytize the glory that is William Gibson’s singular masterpieceTo begina small history INITIAL THOUGHTSMy first exposure to this book was late in the 1990‘s long after it had already spent over a decade as the magical source of all things cyberpunk I came to it after having read several of its prolific spawn and decided it was time to visit the source code My first mistakefor “Neuromancer” is not the first cyberpunk novel or at least that is not all it isnot even close I viewed the novel within the narrow confines of the world that it had created and completely missed its true magic I saw the novel through the fog of my faulty preconceptions I believed Neuromancer to be a jargon heavy inside joke by the techno savvy and the computer literate as they thumbed their nose at the tech tarded luddites who couldn’t see the pending future that lay before them I saw this as a novel for the cyberspacially erudite and those not coded for the new paradigm were to be left behind in the trash heap of history along with the abacus and the printed word For those who have had a similar reaction to this book youIwe were so so SO wrong It missed the point entirely Neuromancer didn’t preach to the creators of the new new thingit wasn’t even at its core about technologyat least not in the instructional manual code writing sense of the word William Gibson was techno stupid than techno proficient and his interpretation of the interpretation of the future was the vision of an artist not an engineer In fact the few areas where Gibson had any knowledge about what he was writing are the areas that have become the most anachronistic What Gibson did seewith a clarity and exactitude that would make Nostradamus green with envy was the path on which humanity was travelling Increased dependance on technology increased detachment among individuals and a blurring of lines between nations And all of this led to that central crystalizing vision of cyberspace artificial intelligence and the world wide web And now we come to the reason why this book belongs among the MOST IMPORTANT WORKS OF LITERATURE ever created Gibson’s inspired non technical vision of the future was the lightning that created the fire of inspiration for the generation that then made his vision come to pass The teenagers and bidding technophiles of the 1980’s saw the “fictional elements” of Gibson’s novel and said “holy shit wouldn’t that be cooland proceeded to make it so From Neuromancer's memorable first words “The sky above the port was the color of television tuned to a dead channel” to the final mind shattering conclusion of the mystery of Winter Mutethis novel is probably the greatest example of life imitating art that literature has ever known and our world would be profoundly different for good or for ill in the absence of this amazing workWOW sorry for waxing on so long but like I said I am the newly converted PLOT SUMMARYOur protagonist Case is an amoral ex cyber cowboy ie hacker whose former bosses destroyed his ability to enter the matrix ie cyberspace as a punishment for his stealing from them They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel his talent burning out micron by micron he hallucinated for thirty hours The damage was minute subtle and utterly effective For Case who'd lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace it was the Fall Since his involuntary exile from the matrix Case has become self destructive and suicidal and is hell bent on shuffling off this mortal coil but is unwilling or unable to accomplish the task himself A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace hope fading nightly All the speed he took all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City and he'd still see the matrix in his sleep bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void The Sprawl was a long strange way home over the Pacific now and he was no console man no cyberspace cowboy Just another hustler trying to make it through But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo and he'd cry for it cry in his sleep and wake alone in the dark curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel his hands clawed into the bedslab temperfoam bunched between his fingers trying to reach the console that wasn't there in his i wanna die despondency Case has been taking the most dangerous scores the biggest risks all along waiting for someone to put him out of his “meat trapped” miseryThat is the hero of our little tale After this brief intro and some layered world building involving Chiba City Case finds himself recruited by a group of criminals who agree to “cure him” in exchange for working with them on a complex caper involving aspects of cyberspace hacking and real world breaking and entering That is really the basic set up though it gives you less than a hint of the real flavor of the book The heisthack is really comprised of two primary “jobs” that are both connected to a burgeoning artificial intelligence known as Winter Mute That is really a bare bones description of the plot but there are so many well crafted summaries floating around that I wanted to stick mainly with commentary MORE THOUGHTSGibson’s prose is like nothing I have read before and it took me a while to come to grips with that statement Gibson’s writing is poetry not jargon It's personal internal and emotional not cold and externally descriptive It's the dark fevered dream of a world where humanity and technology have been inextricably fused together with results both miraculous and profane His prose is slick and jagged like a serrated knife; beautiful breezy and hard edged His verse is color of gunmetal and electricity and the texture of anger spilling on a meadow of dashed hope and unearned rewards It is as much about mood as it is about message Here’s an example The drug hit him like an express train a white hot column of light mounting his spine from the region of his prostate illuminating the sutures of his skull with x rays of short circuited sexual energy His teeth sang in their individual sockets like tuning forks each one pitch perfect and clear as ethanol His bones beneath the hazy envelope of flesh were chromed and polished the joints lubricated with a film of silicone Sandstorms raged across the scoured floor of his skull generating waves of high thin static that broke behind his eyes spheres of purest crystal expandingThe anger was expanding relentless exponential riding out behind the betaphenethylamine rush like a carrier wave a seismic fluid rich and corrosive Yeah I am a big big fan In case I wasn't clear about that before I don’t want you to think I was being wishy washy Before i wrap up here is one example of the visual visceral nature of Gibson’s verse Night City was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast forward button Stop hustling and you sank without a trace but move a little too swiftly and you'd break the fragile surface tension of the black market; either way you were gone with nothing left of you but some vague memory in the mind of a fixture like Ratz though heart or lungs or kidneys might survive in the service of some stranger with New Yen for the clinic tanks A uniue important and truly amazing reading experience and it only took me three tries to realize it DOH60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONWinner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Philip K Dick Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee John W Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Locus Award for Best First NovelNominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel

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NeuromancerT data thief in the business until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last chance run 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 Cas Context Sometimes the key to understanding something is context And never is that the case than with the book Neuromancer Neuromancer is a very famous genre creatingchanging book winner of many awards I’m reading Neuromancer for the first time; while not uite done I find the story to be decent and the writing to be ok As just a book that I am reading I would call it fair But that is an evaluation without contextUnder what context does my evaluation change? Well one of the first things I noticed when I picked it up is that it was originally published nearly 25 years ago in 1984 And it is at that point that the context suddenly clicks and becomes crucial Neuromancer is a book about in large part individuals exploring and exploiting cyberspace and to a lesser extent about artificial intelligence When this book was written the vast majority of people did not own a computer; it was just around the time when the idea of a family buying one started to become prevalent and the computer they could buy did not have a hard drive and probably had no than 64kb of RAM the Apple IIe my family got in 1985 was “expandable” to 128kb of RAM than almost any program we would want to run could possibly need Pretty much no one had heard of the internet and email was virtually unknown The World Wide Web and webpages as we think of them today were still about 8 years away I was reasonably plugged in at the time and I first heard about WWW and html around ‘9293prior to that the internet for most people was email independent bulletin boards anyone remember CompuServe? anonymous FTP and Gopher When one considers what the world was like what fiction about computers was like at the time it was written Neuromancer must have been absolutely stunning The innovation and direction were ground breaking in a way that little other fiction has likely been during our lifetimeAn analogy would be the movie Citizen Kane Citizen Kane is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made Sit down and watch it with someone who enjoys movies but has never seen it Citizen Kane is a decent film with a decent story but is hardly a stunning blow the mind away movie in any sense I’m not sure it has aged particularly well and I suspect a lot of people today find it a rather boring film But again that is if we view it without context Contextually Citizen Kane is one of the most influential movies ever made Many have said rightfully so that it not only taught Hollywood how to make movies it taught the audience how to watch movies Citizen Kane uses nonlinear plot and flashbacks It uses uniue camera angles and closeups and shadow all in ways that were completely innovative and unheard of for the time Today we watch Citizen Kane and it seems sort of ho hum because generations of movie makers and watchers have been influenced by it At the time Citizen Kane was revolutionary and it is in that context that its importance and influence are judgedWhile everything is created in some context the context is not always critical Some works are timeless and stand fairly well on their own I think a book like The Count of Monte Cristo or The Hobbit can largely be enjoyed or disliked by someone without appreciation of when and under what circumstances it was written others will disagree Other works are best appreciated with respect to context The Jazz Singer is a rather poor film but as the first “talkie” it killed the silent picture and changed Hollywood Citizen Kane was arguably even revolutionary although in somewhat subtler ways And it is with a consideration of context that the importance and value of Neuromancer can be judgedI'm not trying to claim that Neuromancer is as important or ground breaking as Citizen Kane Neuormancer was likely not the first novel to explore the themes and concepts that it did but it popularized a way of thinking about the role and future of computers and computer networks like no other novel has since The word “cyberspace” was popularized by this novel although original coined by Gibson in an earlier short story and Neuromancer has had both direct and indirect influence on all social cybernetworks and games eg World of Warcraft or Second Life I suspect the book is much easier to read now then it was when written because so many terms and concepts which were new at the time are now just part of our current cultureIf you newly read Neuromancer you may or may not enjoy it as I already stated I’m finding it to be rather middle of the road overall but you certainly will not understand its importance or influence for better or worse without some consideration of context