|Submitted by Eric Dantes|
(Feb 12, 2001)
Sure, it's William Gibson and that's all you need to know about it. And since Neuromancer also happened to predict the 'net, cyberspace and all that, it's required reading.No, I'm not disagreeing here. Just be sure that you've got plenty of time before you start reading this. The first thing that's probably going to hit you is Gibson's prose. It's rich, evocative, polished, and downright bizarre. Matter of fact, it does get slightly tangled - the way thick prose always ends up - and sort of trips over itself. But hey, it's one heck of an enjoyable read. It's got sex, violence, horror, science, biology, psychology, (the kitchen sink, however, is strangely missing) and even lots of your prototypical Cyberpunk machinery in place. What more could you ask for? (Um, that question is -not- supposed to have an answer.) The protagonist isn't easy to identify with, but that's all right. None of the people in this book are, really. Oh well. The plot is paced well enough, with lots of little distractions to make sure you're enjoying yourself. And Gibson's fine imagery really is enviable, provided you're able to plough through his prose and grasp the meaning. I think there are more than a few layers of symbolism buried in all of this which I've missed... guess it's time for a re-re-rereading. Or maybe I'm putting more into this than there already is. (See? This is what I mean by *dense*. Gee, I hope that doesn't apply to /me/.)I'm not dissing Gibson here, not at all. It's just that this book takes a tad more than the usual effort required for a comfortable reading, which is good for people who aren't apathetic louts like me. I guess I don't like being taken away from my usual, lazily-interested-with-book ways. You actually have to -read- this book.And when you do, you're going to fall in love with it.Anyway, Neuromancer doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. It's actually worth something to put the entire book in your head and have a new world to play with. And since I haven't told you a whit of what the story is like, maybe you should go and check it out yourself, eh? See what Neuromancer is all about. It's worth a place on the shelf, just for what it's capable of doing to your brain.