Favorites Wednesday – William Gibson

I read Neuromancer when I was in college in the early 90s. To say this book marked me is an understatement.

Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way–and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance–and a cure–for a price….

Gibson’s writing style is sparse, never wasting a single word. And yet the world he creates in Neuromancer is complex and so very three dimensional. He says in under 300 pages most people couldn’t have related in 700 pages (and many of the books that came later in the genre Gibson’s Neuromancer helped bring into creation, cyberpunk, do indeed edge up into fantasy page length). The writing is to the bone, much like Case, the novel’s protagonist. The future in Gibson’s Neuromancer is a dark one and yet, in many ways it’s not very far off the mark. It’s our dark future and yet, it’s familiar via the people who populate it.

It’s been copied. It’s inspired a generation of authors (me included). It’s spun into new ideas, new terminologies and concepts and it remains a book I return to over and over for the stark beauty of his words.

I’ll be giving one lucky winner a copy of NEUROMANCER sent directly from Amazon or Book Depoository so if you’re in a country that can receive deliveries from either place, you’re eligible. I’ll announce the winner, chosen from the comments to this post, in next Monday’s Winner’s Post. Good luck

14 comments to “Favorites Wednesday – William Gibson”

  1. Chris @ absolutely adequate
    May 2nd, 2012 at 5:17 am · Link

    Sounds awesome!

  2. Blanche
    May 2nd, 2012 at 6:38 am · Link

    Sounds very interesting!!

  3. Melanie J.
    May 2nd, 2012 at 7:25 am · Link

    I’ve never heard of this book before. Sounds like a very interesting read.

  4. Melissa B
    May 2nd, 2012 at 8:04 am · Link

    I’ve never heard of it…sounds different!

  5. StacieD
    May 2nd, 2012 at 10:06 am · Link

    I’ve never read the author before. I think it sounds very interesting.

  6. Caitlin
    May 2nd, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

    I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Jordan H
    May 2nd, 2012 at 11:46 am · Link

    Never heard of this book or author before but the book sounds amazing.

  8. bn100
    May 2nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Sounds like a very interesting book.

  9. Janet K
    May 2nd, 2012 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Not familiar with this author but found his book in my library. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

  10. Jen B.
    May 2nd, 2012 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I checked it out after I read your post. I can believe I didn’t read this when it first came out. I even think my husband would like it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. OrielaJ
    May 2nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Sounds interesting I’m always open to reading new authors

  12. Marc
    May 2nd, 2012 at 8:46 pm · Link

    What an interesting surprise you had for us today. Thanks for the rec on something I would not likely have found on my own.

  13. Lori T
    May 2nd, 2012 at 9:13 pm · Link

    This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Tracey D
    May 3rd, 2012 at 3:05 am · Link

    This certainly does sound interesting. I”m adding NEUROMANCER to my must read list.