Neuromancer by William Gibson

Synopsis:  Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price.... 

Back in the 80's when I was sucking up science fiction and fantasy like there was no tomorrow, don't know how I missed reading Neuromancer.  But I did and realized probably wouldn't have appreciated it so much back then.  It isn't an easy read as it is an intellectual, physics laden, crime ridden, computer geeks acid trip that is complex and multilayered.  It's not a quick read by any means so be prepared to spend some time in the world of cybertech.  

The book is said to have given The Wachowski brother the basis for the movie, The Matrix.  I'll have to watch it and see how it compares to the book.  Neuromancer is currently being adapted for a movie and is still in preproduction and supposedly will be ready in 2014.  It will be interesting to see if they can capture the essence of the book.

Released: Aug 15, 1986
Pages:  288
Setting: Japan primarily
Challenge: Canada
Rating: 4 - Excellent
YTD: 2

1 comment:

  1. this book would probably be right over my head, especially because I still don't really understand The Matrix, yet my two boys totally get it! ?


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