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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gibson's work didn't cease to improve, but...
...this book breathes stylistic fire into a genre coasting on assumed scientific literacy. If the characters speak extensively in jargon adapted to technologies that don't yet exist, that's OK - in the present, shop talk not understood by general readership is a fact of any technical field, e.g. my mom browsing the magazine rack and struggling through paragraphs in...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen William Gibson has a problem with clarity.
In Neuromancer, William Gibson creates a setting that is at once fantastic and reasonable. The characters are perfectly jaded to the novel's advanced technology - plug in the toaster, jack into the matrix, ho humm. Unfortunately, when the narrator has seen it all before, he doesn't spend a lot of time describing what's happening. Gibson's narrator gives you a vague...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gibson's work didn't cease to improve, but..., 3. Juli 2000
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...this book breathes stylistic fire into a genre coasting on assumed scientific literacy. If the characters speak extensively in jargon adapted to technologies that don't yet exist, that's OK - in the present, shop talk not understood by general readership is a fact of any technical field, e.g. my mom browsing the magazine rack and struggling through paragraphs in _Wired_.
Besides, Gibson coined the term, "cyberspace," in this novel; most authors, even ones of talent, do not create words used commonly thereafter. To all the people who criticized him for using unique terminology, there's this great thing called context. Try using it.
One thing I have enjoyed about Gibson is his tendency to use protagonists and not heroes to view the events contained within his stories. I do not have any particular sympathy for the men and women who interact with Henry Dorsett Case in the course of his assigned task.
In the tradition of great noir fiction and film, there is no sense of resolution about anything. The characters who did not die return to their separate paths and continue about life in a world controlled through an invisible hand of corporate and technological pressures against traditional structures of power like government and organized crime. No great truths were revealed, and none were promised.
Have no doubt, Gibson is an original whether you enjoy his style or not. For an understanding of current trends in science fiction best reflected in the success of _The Matrix_, you can begin here and work your way through the other books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bitte nicht die Geschichte verfälschen!, 4. März 2006
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
William Gibson hat mit diesem Roman eine Stilrichtung der Science Fiction in Gang gebracht, die es ohne ihn zweifelsfrei nicht geben würde. Die Begriffe Cyberspace und Matrix wurden sehr wohl hier zum ersten mal in der Bedeutung gebraucht, wie sie heutzutage verstanden werden.
Als ich dieses Buch vor vielen Jahren zum ersten Mal gelesen habe, hatte ich immer das Gefühl, irgendwie nicht alles verstanden zu haben, was sicherlich auch mit der schlechten Übersetzung zu tun hatte. Da wird zum Beispiel "the Yakuza" mit "der Gängster" übersetzt, obwohl die Organisation Yakuza (so etwas wie die japanische Mafia) gemeint war.
Leider ist William Gibsons Literatur keine leichte Unterhaltung. Oftmals hat man am Ende der Geschichte das Gefühl, man sei jetzt genau so schlau wie vorher. Doch was mich an diesem Autoren so fesselt, ist seine stille und düstere Poesie und die Liebe zu seinen Figuren (und die Liebe, mit der er diese Figuren quält). Ich denke da zum Beispiel an den weiblichen Straßensamurai, Molly, die in der stümperhaften Verfilmung einer seiner Kurzgeschichten (Jonny Mnemonic), "Vernetzt" mit Keanu Reeves, so schändlich mißhandelt wurde. Aber das sei nur am Rande erwähnt.
Wer Science Fiction mag, und gerne wissen möchte, aus welchen Wurzeln Shadowrun, Neocron und natürlich auch die Matrix erwachsen sind, der sollte sich dieses Meisterwerk nicht entgehen lassen. Auch wenn es keine pure Unterhaltung ist.
Ich kann im Übrigen auch seine Idoru-Trilogie nur sehr empfehlen. William Gibson auf Urlaub so zusagen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prophecy or fiction? You pick!, 25. März 1997
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It took me some time to get started into this book--the
"imaginary" future Gibson has created is somewhat familiar,
yet bizarre enough to leave one grasping for understanding in the beginning pages. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down! My constant back thought as I read was the absolute awe that I felt for Gibson's ability to envision a computer
world so 1990's true to life at a time when Apple had yet to
create their first Mac! Gibson's description of "jacking in" to the net, and "flipping" is so close to today's "logging on" and "quick-switching" that it gave me goosebumps each time he used the terms! Gibson was truly
touched by the muse of inspiration when writing "Neuromancer", and I'm sure we'll see more of his *prophecies* come to pass before the millenium.
This is advised reading for all who wish to understand the
potential of the internet and the World Wide Web. Just take it slow, by osmosis you'll get the scenario, and by the final chapter--you'll know the concept. You'll be awestruck
too, I guarantee!
Can't wait to read Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive!

you
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2.0 von 5 Sternen William Gibson has a problem with clarity., 18. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
In Neuromancer, William Gibson creates a setting that is at once fantastic and reasonable. The characters are perfectly jaded to the novel's advanced technology - plug in the toaster, jack into the matrix, ho humm. Unfortunately, when the narrator has seen it all before, he doesn't spend a lot of time describing what's happening. Gibson's narrator gives you a vague patchwork of the plot - it feels like a drunk's telling you about the movie he just watched. Further, Gibson makes no effort to tell the reader who is speaking. Gibson uses characters he doesn't introduce. Gibson rambles for so long you forget what he is writing about. Don't get me wrong - I feel that a reader should have to work with a book to understand it, but Gibson doesn't even give us a fighting chance.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Important milestone, yet forgettable, 11. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Boy, I still can't believe I was disappointed by this book. I never ever expected this - I LOVE cyberpunk. And with all the hype surrounding this book, I was 99% sure I was going to love it. I was even ashamed it took me so long to buy it and get to reading it.
Well, the 1% took over, and I have to say - it didn't live up to my expectations. Apart from the interesting use of language and vivid descriptions of Gibson's unique world, the plot and the characters are lacking. While they're interesting characters, they're not interesting ~individuals~. By the end of if, I couldn't care less who was doing what, why and where. Sadly, it was incredibly hard to follow, for some reason. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is because this novel IS important for the genre of sci-fi. Leave along the sub-genre of cyberpunk, which it practically gave birth to.
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
Es ist wohl kaum möglich, nachzuzählen, wie viele leider oft mittelmäßige Schreiberlinge und Filmemacher sich an Gibsons wirklich genialer Kreation "Neuromancer" vergangen haben wie Kleinkriminelle, die einen Ferrari ausschlachten. Cyberspace, Matrix, The Net, Künstliche Intelligenzen, alles beherrschende Konzerne, all das stand schon Anfang der 80er in "Neuromancer", und so ist es beim Lesen schon durchaus beeindruckend zu sehen, das beispielsweise der Film "Matrix" nahezu gänzlich auf Ideen aus diesem Roman basiert. Die Sache ist nur: Gibson braucht seine Story nicht mit Spezialeffekten zu überladen, denn all die o.g. Schlagworte sind hier nicht Selbstzweck, wie auch der Cyberspace als Setting gegenüber der brillant verwobenen Handlung in den Hintergrund tritt und der Entfaltung der Figuren nicht, wie in vielen der heutigen Sci-Fi-Machwerken, durch sein Übergewicht hinderlich ist, sondern ihnen, bei allen Gefahren, die eine komplett vernetzte Welt mit sich bringt, auch viele Möglichkeiten gibt, über sich selbst hinauszuwachsen (siehe "Datencowboy" Case). Gibson erzählt dabei so fesselnd und lässt seine Welt so vertraut erscheinen, als hätte er sich selbst gerade mal eben aus der Matrix ausgeloggt, um ein bißchen darüber zu schreiben.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen songs of rust and neon, 26. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
It is saddening to see complaints about Neuromancer. Readers debating its genre or complaining that it doesn't make sense miss the fact that this exceeds SF. I was exited by the first paragraph of Gibson I ever read (Whole Earth Review) and have continued to enjoy his work since then. Bad SF authors tell dull stories with lasers. Good SF authors use their imagination. Gibson has used his.
He has cooked up a boulibasse (sp) of twentieth century culture, submitted it to the catalysts of time and possibility and served it up in beautiful beat influenced prose.
This seminal cyberpunk novel defies the dull limitations of mirrored shades and computerized nerd nihilism.The future may be darker than the "Jetsons" and "The shape of things to come" but it is not likely to be world of "Metropolis" and "1984". Those were all views of the future, imagined by people who saw their world taking a certain path into the future and imagined its progress.
Gibson lives in our world and sees our cultures path. His future is about corporations, globalization, information. All of which are aspects of a very likely future for us, in our time. Ironically, they are aspects of our time, which is what Gibson has always insisted he is writing about. As times change so do our views of the future. Gibson engaged his imagination and some world experience to make a projection a few steps ahead of the others.
Ultimately, however it is the beauty and poetry of his work that makes it special. He uses tools of poetry and description to summon up ghosts of emotion. Gibson doesn't really write science fiction, in some ways he does not even write speculative fiction. He writes fiction. He writes about people in situations that occur in every time. He writes "songs of time and distance" as the sculptor phrases it in "Count Zero". The lyrics of "Steely Dan" and William Burroughs mix with memories and bits of science fiction to portray an exotic world that springs forth from our own. Poetry about sunsets and meadows often don't connect for children of the internet. Descriptions of styrofoam chunks floating like icebergs in Tokyo Bay sometimes do. Gibsons world brings emotion to information and finds poetry in pollution. Retaining our humanity in the face of technology is the essential skill of the future and that is what Gibson does.
I first read Gibson because I liked Science fiction. I continue to read and reread Gibson because I like poetry.
(also try "Burning Chrome" and "Count Zero".)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Neuromancer is a contemporary classic, 14. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
An avalanche of thousands of new books from all over the world reaches bookstores every year. When a (then) non-genre novel succeeds in standing out from the crowd as much as Neuromancer does, chances are it has that certain, hard to pinpoint something that makes it resonate with the reader.Neuromancer is one of these rare books, and certainly one that will not be forgotten for a very, very long time. Among Neuromancer's many outstanding and mold-breaking qualities is Gibson's crystalline techno-prose. As soon as you open the first page, you are sucked into a vibrant and detailed future and an unpredicatable and unconventional plot that may well constitute the most original and modern use of the age old protagonist on a quest idea. Gibson's future is detailed, realistic and feels immensely three dimensional, written with such conviction, that it comes to life from page one and takes on a life of its own, with its own conventions, culture and even brandnames. Once you have read it for sheer pleasure, go back and look deeper into the sociological implications of Gibsons world as social commentary of the Information Society we are in the progress of becomming. Remarkable. It is true that the characters in Neuromancer are rather cartoony, and two dimensional but I personally have the feeling that this may well for once have been intentional. Refreshingly, the environment is more alive, detailed and intelligent than the characters that inhabit it, which also explains how and why Neuromancer has managed to free itself from the constraints of conventional plotting. Funnily enough, Neuromancer might be the one novel I can think of that could very well live without its plot, and work purely on the basis of the brilliant environment it has created.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's not about computers; you just think it is., 8. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
For the many who seem to think Neuromancer is about computers, it's not. Many of the novels critics have remarked that Neuromancer's main character, Case, is a programmer who never programs. This is false. Reread the novel. While preparing for the attack on the Sensenet ICE case spends several days programming. Still, the criticism is more the misinterpretation of youth than anything else. The novel was written during the early '80's and videogames were its inspiration. Unless you had access to a mainframe at this time, programming was something you did by poking cheap BASIC programs into APPLE II's or Timex/Sinclair80's. Videogames were the rage. The desktop revolution had yet to happen but everyone had an ATARI game machine. That's why most of Case's ICE breakers come in cartridges to be slotted. Videogames are learned not through programming but body language. Case is more like someone who's mastered all the secret moves of Mortal Kombat than a programmer. Anyway, AI's do most of programming in the novel -- true programming in Case's world is a Metafunction, beyond human. Like pinball, videogames are style over substance. As is Neuromancer. But, ah, what style! So, back to the main point. Computers are not the point of Neuromancer -- information is the point and the control of information is even more the point! And, so style may not be deep but it is information. Ask any LA gang member if style doesn't matter. Style can mean life or death. Style conveys information about who purveys it. And like all good fiction, Neuromancer was about the time it was written. Neuromancer is about the feel of the '80's. During the early '80's there was the feel of something ominous and wonderful just beginning to happen. And Neuromancer captures that feel -- the feel of the early days of the information revolution. It may seem like were really into the meat of it now but it really is still just the beginning. So, read the book, and like Molly says,"Never let the little pricks! generation gap you." We may all be sitting around these days wearing Carpal Tunnel wrist braces but more than ever you still can't let the information juggernaut steamroller you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prophecy a'plenty, 31. Januar 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Taschenbuch)
William Gibson seems to have channelled the future right back into the late 1980's, when he wrote this book. Knowing that the nerve splice is still nonexistant, but imminent, clues the knowledgeable reader to just how well Gibson interprets the world economy today, alongwith its inevitable affect on tomorrow. The world moves on, as another famous author reminds us, (SK) and it appears to me that Gibson has more of a handle on reality than many give him credit for.
The lost and somewhat illucid character of Case, alongwith the tussle-ready Molly, speak of a street sense learned the hard way. My favorite clip is where Molly slaps a captive who was causing trouble in his own weird way and tells him something like "...I can hurt you real bad, and not leave a mark on you...I LIKE to do that...". The book will grab and pull and color your emotions, making it a very quick and enjoyable read. Too quick, you ask me. I have reread it several times, and plan on doing so again. Palimpsest-like, the scenarios of the book truly reveal themselves through the minutiae of repitition. To me the book explains a lot, and says "Prepare...prepare for what we ourselves have wrought.
The worldwide AI race began around 1983, and was already fairly old news by time this book was written, but because of the scantiness of information on that subject, along with the myriad military applications inherent in AI, anyone must know that the reality far surpasses the false front of the technology brokers everywhere in the world. I was able to glean a little more about AI from this book, Though not as much as from "The God Project", and some others. The best is Feigenbaum and McCorducks "The Fifth Generation: Japans Computer Challenge to the world", 1983.
Gibson touches on the funny similarity between possible definitions of the term AI, and even goes so far as to stipulate it as "Alien Intelligence, as well as Artificial Intelligence.
The book is great, and will take you through a long flight or other trip with no problem at all. Definitely NOT a waste of time.
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