Neuromancer - William Gibson


By William Gibson

  • Release Date: 1984-07-01
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4.5
From 1,016 Ratings


Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.

Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.


  • Reads Like a Movie

    By Shepherd 404
    The visually visceral method of writing by Gibson uses to tell this story allow the reader to understand the literary work without needing to understand the technology presented by the author. Similar to the matrix film, the reader can understand the raw implications without being overwhelmed by technicalities and instead visualize the story in its well paced and surprisingly human narrative.
  • Definitive, formative, an onslaught of imagination!

    By Caltd
    Highly recommended. What William Gibson has created in Neuromancer has had an effect that reaches far beyond the realms of entertainment. Though one can see the influence most readily there, in movies, episodics, games, other books, even music, the ideas are so strikingly original and still today futuristic, a vision of what lies just beyond our time horizon.
  • Beautifully chaotic writing

    By mikemacmusic
    This book is beautiful and chaotic and I feel that perfectly represents the futuristic dystopia that the characters live in. The concepts of technology and how they relate to humanity is so far beyond its years that it astounds me. How was this book written in 1983?! Great read, can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
  • Brilliant, fast-paced sci-fi

    By Natetodamax
    Finally getting around to reading Neuromancer after already enjoying the cyberpunk genre through various video games and movies made for a sort of reverse referential reading, the sort of thing where I often found myself thinking, “oh so this is where X, Y, *and* Z all got their inspiration from.” The book probably grabbed my attention faster than anything I’ve ever read, and made such a strong first impression that I actually texted someone after reading the first five pages with, “I’ve started reading Neuromancer, and I think it might be incredible.” Its story is inventive, its writing and structure immediate and fast-paced, its characters tremendously flawed and memorable, and my goodness the imagery that flows through this thing. I’ll never forget the introduction to Chiba City. Just amazing.
  • Better late than never

    By BGW1972
    It was nice to find this unique voice of the futuristic Zeitgeist that was the 1980’s. Plenty of a kind of “Free Jazz” in places, describing the poetry of consciousness exposed naked and vulnerable to its fraternal twin, the dream. Above all a ride, each character unforgettable, and crafted to birth many interpretations by way of leaving that license very much up to the reader.
  • Hm

    By kayleejm
    Propulsive, convulsive, and satisfying— Gibson’s Neuromancer reads like a glass of oil pours. Sensuous but immediate, a feast for the hungry mind, or for anyone contemplating issues of unity with the many intelligent forces we are too terrified to fully grasp.
  • Weird slang and hard to visualize

    By Giant Toast
    Confusing slang terms and hard to visualize what the author is trying to describe, trying to fight to read the rest of the book, kinda upset I spent money on this
  • A Few Diamonds in this Dustbin

    By MIkeH in Austin
    There are a few ideas here that are pretty impressively prescient, given when the book was written. And there are some strong characters and vivid action scenes. But the plot is really a wreck. Quite difficult to follow in terms of what’s going on. Lots of first person narration from very drug-addled or tech-distorted perspectives. The number of people who give this 5 stars leaves me baffled. It’s a badly written book with a few strong points.
  • Indecipherable gibberish

    By Corylovesgolf11
    Frustrating book to read. Confusing description after confusing description without ever establishing a solid base to progress from. Found myself constantly rereading to garner meanings out of gibberish. Found it annoyingly tough to understand his nicknames and couldn't muster the brain energy to make enough of an effort to do so. I strongly dislike this style of writing and much prefer imagining my own atmosphere from a clear, simple description to struggling to find sense in this abstract and unnecessary excess of a book.
  • This I not science fiction

    By spored
    Let me say it again, this is not science fiction. Yes, some of it does take place in space, and yes it does take place in the future, but it is not Science Fiction!! It is a drug trip, a very poorly written drug trip that makes no sense at all. Don't waste your money like I did.