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I tried really hard to finish it and made an attempt to resume reading after a break.

Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) by William Gibson

Jemisin The Obelisk Gate by N. View all 5 comments. Gibson utterly fails at making any of the characters or settings come to life. Sit down and watch it with someone who enjoys movies but has never seen it. The cyberpunk science fiction film The Matrix particularly draws from Neuromancer both eponym and usage of the term “matrix”.

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View all 25 comments. Anyone who needs an escape from the Sprawl. Gibson neiromante written many times of his belief that all cultural change is essentially technologically driven.

He did write the best X-Files episode, though: An African sailor with tribal scars on his face might meet a Japanese corporate drone implanted with microprocessors, the better to measure the mutagen in his bloodstream. I see a lot of people like it, and I know it’s a classic of the genre, but I fail to see much in it.

I, all innocent smiles and dimplings, casually went to the appointed spot hibson was promptly pushed to the mat by a huge, muscular, testosterone-poisoned review-cum-paean. Excuse me; I just woke up. But for all its trippy, surreal, dense prose, this book still manages to convey so much. Yeah, I could talk about that. This time the second star is due to the huge influence of the novel at the time it was published. Designed by Bruce J.


I am about halfway through and feel like everytime I read it’s just an adrenaline rush Jan 18, Szplug rated it really liked it. Written init has done nothing to date itself and still feels fresh and new and possible, even now.

His surroundings are “a field of data, the way the matrix had once reminded him of proteins linking to distinguish cell specialties I also liked how he was living this numb, zombie-like, drug-fueled life until this man came and gave his life a purpose again.

He falls into a “prison of his own flesh”. For the video game adaptation, see Neuromancer video game. It is as much about mood as it is about message. I saw the novel through the fog of my faulty preconceptions. Is this book really similar to and Brave New World?

Towards the end the characters actually have dialog with each other and as things come to a head it actually get’s entertaining here and there. Sleeping with Case was a super-good idea on Molly’s part – no stupidity there – there’s absolutely no scenario in which having sex with him would not give her some sort of benefits or advantages. Gibson also did a good job developing and designing the main characters. I may have been confused about precisely what was happening in each moment, but I could feel the mood of this novel so thoroughly: Neuromancer is considered “the archetypal cyberpunk work”.

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Wintermute’s nature is finally revealed—it is one-half of a super- AI entity planned by the family, although its exact purpose is unknown. He doesn’t just do this with characters, he does it with locations as well. They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin.

It’s a bit bizarre though because they’re both pretty unique, Linda the sad burnout and Molly has freakin’ implanted sunglasses and auto-nails! Corto was a member of “Operation Screaming Fist,” which planned on infiltrating and disrupting Soviet computer systems from ultralight aircraft dropped over Russia. The heavily accented dialogs from a couple of Rastafarian characters serve to exacerbate the comprehension issues.


Overall it was oddly jarring, too full of geometrical jargon and tricky to focus on in place – like reading while jumping on a trampoline – but Gibson should be awarded top marks for daring to be different and for churning out future-fabulous phrases such as cyber space, microsofts and the matrix when even Bill Gates and his future megacorp were still in metaphorical short pants.

Case’s nervous system is repaired using new technology that Armitage offers the clinic as payment, but he soon learns from Armitage that sacs of the poison that first crippled him have been placed in his blood vessels as well. Case finds a new girlfriend, resumes his hacking work, and spends his earnings from the mission replacing his internal organs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Gibson becomes the new romancer behind Neuromancer, revitalizing the science fiction novel, the quest story, the myth of the hero, the mystery, the hard-boiled detective novel, the epic, the thriller, and the tales of the cowboy and romantic artist, among others.

Once a talented computer hackerCase was caught stealing from his employer.

I was able to appreciate the book for its literary aspirations, the curiosity of an imagined internet-age, but also to sit back and enjoy some foreign imagery neuromqnte high-stakes action.