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Neuromancer - William Gibson


By William Gibson

  • Release Date: 1984-07-01
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4.5
From 864 Ratings


Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.

Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.


  • A Few Diamonds in this Dustbin

    By MIkeH in Austin
    There are a few ideas here that are pretty impressively prescient, given when the book was written. And there are some strong characters and vivid action scenes. But the plot is really a wreck. Quite difficult to follow in terms of what’s going on. Lots of first person narration from very drug-addled or tech-distorted perspectives. The number of people who give this 5 stars leaves me baffled. It’s a badly written book with a few strong points.
  • Indecipherable gibberish

    By Corylovesgolf11
    Frustrating book to read. Confusing description after confusing description without ever establishing a solid base to progress from. Found myself constantly rereading to garner meanings out of gibberish. Found it annoyingly tough to understand his nicknames and couldn't muster the brain energy to make enough of an effort to do so. I strongly dislike this style of writing and much prefer imagining my own atmosphere from a clear, simple description to struggling to find sense in this abstract and unnecessary excess of a book.
  • This I not science fiction

    By spored
    Let me say it again, this is not science fiction. Yes, some of it does take place in space, and yes it does take place in the future, but it is not Science Fiction!! It is a drug trip, a very poorly written drug trip that makes no sense at all. Don't waste your money like I did.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    I was looking for something weird and fast paced … and this novel fits. Does it always make sense? No, especially at the beginning. You have to slog through the first few chapters, trusting the author, until it begins to come together. That’s his style: throw you in the deep end for better or worse. Personally, I enjoy the challenge when it works, and in this case it does for me. The world he creates is crazily fun. The plot whips along. The action is detailed and surprising. Overall, a quick hard-sci-fi enjoyable read.
  • Immersive

    By Major Blast
    The book pulls you in and holds you until its over then leaves you wanting more.
  • Took them long enough....

    By iCormac
    For the longest time iTunes only sold Neuromancer in Germain and ALOT of people were seriously disappointed by the wait. I've been waiting a dog's age for this one to be released in english myself. Thank for finaly getting on the ball iTunes....better late than never.
  • The future was then, but it shows up now and also later

    By FractalJack
    According to lore, Gibson got the idea of this epic book from watching Escape from New york. The line that planted the seed was: "You flew the gulffire over leningrad," From that we got cyberspace and a sort of reverse engineered computer reality. While it did not create cyberpunk, it gave it the shove to the front that made if break into reality. Read it, love it, live it. I just wish Willam would get back on the ball and write some more like it, unlike his last two.
  • The best

    By Papa Sin
    Out of the many, many books I've read over the last 40 years, this is the best. I just reread it again after 20 years, and I enjoyed even more than the first time. So many things have changed since then, and many of them happened because of this book. I am in awe.
  • Remarkably Prescient

    By tattbuck+
    To read Neuromancer on an iPad will the memory that I cherish of the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. Never before have a vision of the future been so prescient. We are all jacked in now, on our iPhones and iPads, a constant data stream available 24/7 to which we are able to jack in and interact with others through our avatars on facebook or myspace. Gibson saw the future and we are living it today.
  • Books don't get better than this!

    By W2S
    If you live in the modern world... If you use a computer... If you have ever been "on" the Internet... If you like a good story... If you like strong, vivid prose... Then you must read this book.