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Neuromancer by William Gibson

rocketwave's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

tetonaso's review against another edition

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  • Loveable characters? No

3.5

ejulin's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75

nocta22's review

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  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

2.75

toadie's review

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adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.0

petewiggles's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

incarnas's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark informative mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

youngthespian42's review against another edition

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2.0

2 stars. I really struggled with the book. The prose felt over written and chaotic. I found myself being so deep in the slang and “cool future speak” that I didn’t know what was actually going on.

The techobabble did not age well and the characters are boring as hell. If this wasn’t such a classic and on every list I would have DNF’ed it. I went in with an open mind but cyberpunk is not for me.

cat_m_82's review against another edition

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No idea what was going on. 

dnaxiii's review against another edition

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slow-paced

2.75

I have to give the author credit. This novel was well ahead of its time, and as far as I know was the first "Cyberpunk" material written. Unfortunately, that's about as much as I can praise Neuromancer. 

As a fan of the genre, I had high expectations diving in to the root of it all. To sum up my thoughts, it was just *so* boring. 

I went the audiobook route for this one, as my physical book to-read backlog is tall enough. Often I'll listen to audiobooks while doing mindless chores. Sometimes I'll get immersed in the story to the point where I realize I've been cleaning the same spot on the fish tank for 10 minutes. With this book, I had the opposite problem. The words were hovering around my ears, but wouldn't penetrate through to my conscious attention. 

Nonetheless, I tried extra hard to focus and absorbed most of the story. It just wasn't very engaging or enjoyable. I'm the type who is stubborn and won't DNF a book I started, but the thought crossed my mind. 

I can see how this novel was innovative and popular in its prime. Since then, other authors have refined and enhanced the genre. I wish I could rate this one higher, but if I'm rating purely based on its merits as an enjoyable story, the best I can do is a 2.75/5.