Neuromancer is the best science fiction novel I have ever read - and I've read a lot of them! As one professional reviewer said when it came out, Neuromancer is "a mind bender of a read!".
Some readers have stated that they had a bit of trouble flowing the plot. That's because the author - William Gibson - doesn't require his characters to engage in artificial dialogue to explain what is going on. He doesn't write like he's being paid by the word. That's a good thing.
Gibson's imagined world (which has now been realized to a large extent) is filled with technology, including the Internet, which Gibson was writing about before it existed!
Gibson's characters take the technology for granted, as we do today. He does not stop to explain it or other aspects of the future world he imagined - but you can trust that he will always provide enough information for you to fully understand it all.
Don't expect to understand Neuromancer until you have read it through to the end. And don't expect to really appreciate it until you have read it for the second time. The more you read Gibson, the more you will appreciate his genius.
Get Neuromancer and read it. I promise that you will be glad that you did. As Gibson inscribed in a 2nd edition of Neuromancer that he signed for a reader "Enjoy it, or else!"
Note*- Just to get you over the fist hurdle - the acronym "BAMA" in Neuromancer stands for Boston / Atlanta Metropolitan Axis :-)
Enjoy it, or else!
Mar 19, 2009
Neuromancer was written over 20 years ago and what was written as science fiction has become in many ways science fact. Gibson dreamed of a future that has come to pass. This book is a visionary marvel.
Jul 4, 2008
A mixed bag but worth it.
Well I was extremely excited to read the "legendary" book by William Gibson that coined the term "cyberspace" and that has been heavily borrowed from in popular culture by movies like "The Matrix" and many others. And it's not that I was completely disappointed. The tone is atmospheric and moody and the characters are vibrant, and the stakes are suitably high. It's that I had trouble following the plot. I'd think I understood what was going on only to have a character show up that I was supposed to know and I couldn't remember who they were or why they were important. I do think that maybe a second reading would clear some things up, but alas, upon first reading there were many murkiness issues. It truly was interesting to read this book however, knowing how revolutionary it was when it was released, and seeing things that have been sci-fi staples ever since first showing up in this book. I'm going to go ahead and recommend this book with the caveat that some of the labyrinthian plot points take can be a little tricky to follow. After all it is kind of a mystery, so it's not supposed to be absolutely clear cut. I just could have used a little more help, myself.
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