A review by rouver
Neuromancer, by William Gibson


This book is...different. It's not the fluffy, easy-read type. This is Sci-Fi from 1984. Gibson drops you into his world & expects you to be smart enough to figure out what all his made-up terminology means. This book is about a futuristic internet BEFORE THERE WAS AN INTERNET. Or at least the kind you envision today when you say 'internet.' I personally didn't start using the internet until 1993. Back then, you had to know a bit of programming just to read your email. There was no clicking on links. There was typing of commands. The fact that this book was written 10 yrs before that & the author tries to describe a matrix that you plug into & access with your mind is fantastic. It's also a bit confusing at times. Gibson is credited as being the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term "cyberspace" in 1982, making this a must-read for any sci-fi fan.

Case is a 'cyberspace cowboy'...a thief who works inside the matrix, stealing data & information. Unfortunately, he stole from one of his employers and they chemically burned out his ability to connect to the 'internet.' Flirting with death, Case has set himself up as a middleman in any illegal business he can get...stolen goods, drugs, information...when he's sought out by a beautiful & surgically enhanced assassin who has digital eye implants & retractable blades in her fingers. He's hired to once again be a cowboy in the matrix & his job is to break the "ice" (security) around one of the most powerful AI's in the world. The problem is that any cowboy who gets even close to one dies instantly. Case has to please his employer on this impossible task (and find out exactly WHO his employer is) or he'll never get the antidote to the poison sacs they've placed in his arteries.