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Publisher: New York :, Arbor House
Copyright Date: ©1986
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Oct 19, 2017

This is one of the “Sprawl” series that began with “Neuromancer”. Part of the interest in this cyberpunk dystopia is that we readers always almost know what’s going on – enough to grasp the plot, anyway – but the invented world continuously throws digital curveballs at us. It’s a 1980’s view of a virtual future, with cassettes and big hairdos concealing implanted jacks – and in this case, cyber-controlled hallucinations, a mega-corporation run by one man (dying of cancer but kept alive in a vat), “ice” (firewalls) that can kill, bio-computerized implants that allow a person to be programmed (or more accurately, possessed) from the Matrix, digital life (?) spontaneously generated that masquerades as voodoo deities, and above that, a bigger mega-corporation that only shows its face at the end. Weird, morally ambiguous, thoroughly thought out, and a little frightening in its implications, if not quite as startling as the original “Neuromancer” (though there are hints of that book – apparently the incidents recorded there happened sometime in the backstory of this book, and became legends). Anyway, it’s a fun ride.

Sep 22, 2013

A fast-paced ride through a prototypical cyberpunk dystopia as seen over the shoulder of a loser protagonist--who could ask for more?

GeoffAbel Feb 20, 2012

A worthy successor to Neuromancer, this one is less brain-wracking to follow - presumably having successfully fought through book one's jarring style. MUST READ ALL THREE - AND IN ORDER!

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