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Gibson's cyberpunk thriller is set in a near future L.A. The author of Neuromancer takes you to the vividly realized near future of 2005. Offer valid while promotion last - Discombobulated

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Amazon and Google Play Store have the Kindle /eBookversion of William Gibson's Virtual Light on sale for $1.99. While not as well known as Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive, this is an excellent piece of science fiction at a slick price.

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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to
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Great book. This is the first book in the 'Bridge trilogy'. The books don't have a serial continuation of characters per se. The three books are tied together by the denizens of the Golden Gate Bridge that was so badly damaged in the quake that seperated North and South California and now serves as a squatters paradise.
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Great book. This is the first book in the 'Bridge trilogy'. The books don't have a serial continuation of characters per se. The three books are tied together by the denizens of the Golden Gate Bridge that was so badly damaged in the quake that seperated North and South California and now serves as a squatters paradise.
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Great book. This is the first book in the 'Bridge trilogy'. The books don't have a serial continuation of characters per se. The three books are tied together by the denizens of the Golden Gate Bridge that was so badly damaged in the quake that seperated North and South California and now serves as a squatters paradise.
Give us some good book quotes, pleaseeee
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Give us some good book quotes, pleaseeee
As much I would like to do that, remembering the plot was hard enough. I read this book almost 25 years ago.
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"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."
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Great book. This is the first book in the 'Bridge trilogy'. The books don't have a serial continuation of characters per se. The three books are tied together by the denizens of the Golden Gate Bridge that was so badly damaged in the quake that seperated North and South California and now serves as a squatters paradise.
I absolutely adored Neuromancer, but didn't care as much for the sequels. How does this one compare?
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I absolutely adored Neuromancer, but didn't care as much for the sequels. How does this one compare?
It isn't Neuromancer; I liked the sequels okay, but I'd count this one a bit better. It was an easy read I didn't really put down much before breezing through, but it isn't his greatest. Solid 7 out of 10 or so for me? Definitely rollicking and action packed, but not heavy on the development.
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"Everyone betray me, I fed up with this world!"
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Ha ha ha.
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I absolutely adored Neuromancer, but didn't care as much for the sequels. How does this one compare?
I re-read it and the "loose sequels" (Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties) about 5 years ago and they still hold up well (particularly the first two). They make up the "Bridge Trilogy."

This is a nearer-future world than Neuromancer -- much more recognizably extrapolated from our own -- but further down the road than Pattern Recognition, which takes place about six months from now. They all feature good plots, with Gibson's go-to "multiple separate stories that tie together near the climax" technique, and the techno-pop culture poetry of his language throughout.

I really dig the main characters of Berry and Chevette, and the setting is cool ... kind of a proto-Dark Angel (tv series *) dystopia, very late stage capitalism and post-industrial. There are the rich and the poor, with little in between, and the signposts between where we stand today and this place are clear and spaced pretty close together.

It reminds me of Stephenson's Snow Crash in the best way, but I don't think it's intentional. It's dryly funny as opposed to the broad hilarity of Snow Crash.

I just bought the series again in paperback, this time for my 16 y/o son because he was quite taken with Ready Player One and there are some similarities.

It's well worth a read (as is Idoru).

* Given the setting and the occupation of one of the main characters, Chevette Washington, it wouldn't at all surprise me to find the Dark Angel tv series was kind of inspired by/informed by this book.
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I re-read it and the "loose sequels" (Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties) about 5 years ago and they still hold up well (particularly the first two). They make up the "Bridge Trilogy."

This is a nearer-future world than Neuromancer -- much more recognizably extrapolated from our own -- but further down the road than Pattern Recognition, which takes place about six months from now. They all feature good plots, with Gibson's go-to "multiple separate stories that tie together near the climax" technique, and the techno-pop culture poetry of his language throughout.

I really dig the main characters of Berry and Chevette, and the setting is cool ... kind of a proto-Dark Angel (tv series *) dystopia, very late stage capitalism and post-industrial. There are the rich and the poor, with little in between, and the signposts between where we stand today and this place are clear and spaced pretty close together.

It reminds me of Stephenson's Snow Crash in the best way, but I don't think it's intentional. It's dryly funny as opposed to the broad hilarity of Snow Crash.

I just bought the series again in paperback, this time for my 16 y/o son because he was quite taken with Ready Player One and there are some similarities.

It's well worth a read (as is Idoru).

* Given the setting and the occupation of one of the main characters, Chevette Washington, it wouldn't at all surprise me to find the Dark Angel tv series was kind of inspired by/informed by this book.
Thanks. I haven't read Pattern Recognition, just the Spawl trilogy of Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

I love Neuromancer, and have re-read it and still find it amazing. I didn't enjoy Count Zero or Mona Lisa Overdrive nearly as much, and I honestly can't recall anything about the books now.

It's kind of how I enjoyed Snow Crash, but didn't really enjoy Cryptonomicon.

Since you seem to have read all the above and more, how would you say this compares to those? Would you recommend it to someone like me?
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Thanks. I haven't read Pattern Recognition, just the Spawl trilogy of Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

I love Neuromancer, and have re-read it and still find it amazing. I didn't enjoy Count Zero or Mona Lisa Overdrive nearly as much, and I honestly can't recall anything about the books now.

It's kind of how I enjoyed Snow Crash, but didn't really enjoy Cryptonomicon.

Since you seem to have read all the above and more, how would you say this compares to those? Would you recommend it to someone like me?
Yes, I definitely would.

SInce you enjoyed Neuromancer so much, I'd also recommend:
  • Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon (which was just made into a decent Netflix series, but they needlessly altered too many things for my taste)
  • Walter Jon Williams' Hardwired
  • Bruce Sterling's Islands in the Net and the short story collection he edited called Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails
  • Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age
  • Charles Stross' Accelerando
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Yes, I definitely would.

SInce you enjoyed Neuromancer so much, I'd also recommend:
  • Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon (which was just made into a decent Netflix series, but they needlessly altered too many things for my taste)
  • Walter Jon Williams' Hardwired
  • Bruce Sterling's Islands in the Net and the short story collection he edited called Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails
  • Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age
  • Charles Stross' Accelerando
Thank you. I'll check those out. I'm actually in the middle of watching Altered Carbon and enjoying it so far, but I can see how a book could be better.
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