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although it pretty much popularised notions of the internet / cyberspace / virtual reality / cybernetics / cyberpunk.
Johnny Mnemonic was based on a William Gibson story tho.
it's absolutely horrible tho.
it's head-spinningly brilliant.
this is what my sister's booktoken gift is going on!
i think you'll really like Gibson. his use of language is something special.
this actually reminds me that i need to read more, i've only read Neuromancer, All Tomorrow's Parties and Pattern Recognition..
Yes I think I am going to extremely like
In other, tangentially related book related news. I nearly bought a book of fiction inspired by Sonic Youth with a foreword by Lee Ranaldo the other day
and have tried to read it a few times, unsuccesfully.
I've read the other 2, plus Count zero (which is very enjoyable, though not as jaw dropping as neuromancer)
I made my old housemate buy neuromancer in the oxfam bookshop in leeds on sunday. He was a bit taken aback by my insistence. I was frankly disgusted he hadn't read it (it's right up his cyberalley)
Just to confirm, yes buy neuromancer. Even if you don't like it, I really think it is a must read.
it's set Now and explores ideas behind viral marketing with some kind of round-world trip. it's written with a lot more... uh, clarity i spose (less flowery language) than his SF stuff and it turns out he's really good at that as well.
the new one that came out last year that i can't remember the title of is tied into it as well, but i've not read it yet as the paperback isn't out until next month.
sounds good. I saw idoru twice last week in second hand book shops, but passed it up both times. I'm towards the end of neutronium alchemist by hamilton, so i'll be a bit sci-fied out when i finally finish that.
I love the lack of clarity on his books, makes it feel more visceral.
The Difference Engine
As are nearly all his books.
His early stuff has become unfairly tainted by Keanu.
I'm still finishing my Brian Wilson book, so I plan to get into it after that