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My review of the book that inspired Cyberpunk 2077, NEUROMANCER! This was written by William Gibson and boy did I like it. Let me know what you think of this science fiction classic and monolith of the Cyberpunk subgenre.

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Nexus says:

Nah this isn't as much of an aesthetic gimick as you put it. In the genre of cyberpunk Neuromancer is to novels, what Bladerunner is to film, what Akira is to animation. It's almost certain that Cyberpunk 2077 was to be all of those things to the genre of videogames, it's just a shame that the game didn't meet that expectation anywhere near the levels of standards nor impact all of the above had on their respective mediums.

QuestioningYourSanity says:

In the vein of Cyberpunk things that may have created the genre; you should tackle anything by Phillip K Dick.

Todd Warner says:

Man. I haven't read the book since the 90s. I loved it then. Should read it again.

Joshua Shoults says:

i like the changes in camera angles 🙂

big boss bob ross says:

The best part of CP2077 is that tons of people now know about William Gibson. Neuromancer elevates itself beyond just good sci fi. It’s a work of towering literary quality up there with contemporaries such as Pynchon and Delillo. It’s proof that sci fi is not just genre fiction and can achieve a quality beyond what is typically expected of it.

P.W. Robinson says:

Cyberpunk 2077 only indirectly pulls from Neuromancer. Cyberpunk 2077 is the videogame adaptation of the Cyberpunk 2020 Pen&Paper Roleplaying game from the late 80s/early 90s with revamped rules. I played it quite a lot in the days. That game (and the more popular competitor Shadowrun) did draw heavily from Neuromancer, so yeah, technically the videogame did, too 😉

Alatz Ortega says:

I crush the audio book of this pretty regularly. Hands down one of my favorites.

Robo Trunks says:

So no mention of the board game that actually inspired Cyberpunk 2077?

Adam Cosper says:

I would love to hear Daniel's take on Snowcrash. I think that one might really hook him.

DesertPunk says:

Note: this was also William Gibson's first full length novel, he'd only done short stories before this

DesertPunk says:

I'm more surprised that you've never read necromancer until now, it's fucking CLASSIC cyber scifi

Tyler Davis says:

Just picked it up based on your review

SerNoddicusTheGallant says:

Holy shit that cover art is beautiful but apparently its for the brazillian version. Anyone know where I can get it in english?

Digital Lurke says:

Neuromancer inspiration 4 JOHNNY MNEMONIC

5Hounds says:

I mean, man, as much as this game cribs from Neuromancer, it is based off a tabletop rpg called Cyberpunk 2020, which itself cribs from a series of way more pulpy books by a guy called Walter Jon Williams, the first called "Hardwired".

Ethelred Hardrede says:

Lots of fantasy has characters doing things to advance the plot. How you have missed that?]

SCI FI SLOW? Fantasy IS slow.

The reason the book is a bit choppy is that, that far back, few SF books were allowed to be long. Most were about 200 pages.

My problem is that by the time I read it, I had read the same stuff already and some was better. Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams was better and written before Neuromancer but published after it. So a lot of people thought is was influenced by it.

Leigh Stevens says:

The film, Johnny Mnemonic, taken from the William Gibson short story in Burning Chrome, takes place in the Nueromancer world. The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy by Richard Morgan is another cyberpunk trilogy well worth reading. Last Tango in Cyberspace is another good one. An easier read, as well. On another note, read the Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett. A phenomenal story, set within the most lore swollen worlds possibly in the realms of sci-fantasy. That of 40K, which in itself, unfortunately puts a lot of people off. For anyone who reads this, do yourselves a favour and pick up that trilogy. As well as the Ravenor trilogy, by the same author. And the Gaunt's Ghosts series. 13 books in that one, but even though it takes place in the 40K universe, it has been said that it is one of the most realistic description of war put to paper.

Kimjongil 2000 says:

Love your enthusiasm. For someone who read it some 25 years ago, I'm happy that new generations appreciate what is undoubtedly a classic. Try also "The Peripheral", which is pretty much as jaw-dropping in its ideas as Neuromancer was.

Alex Vinicius says:

I really hate this book. The way it's written just doesn't work for me…

Josh Seveck says:

I liked the book, but I felt Gibson's use of words made it too difficult to follow at times. The plot was also so complicated I could hardly follow. Nevertheless it was an amazing book!

Hermetic Xhaote says:

Read the other novels in the Sprawl Trilogy:

Count Zero

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Also read the novella Burning Chrome and the short story Johnny mnemonic.

Molly Millions is the best character ever!

Paul Winfrey says:

If you love Neuromancer you should read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Just a fantastic riff on cyberpunk in a similar way.

Geoff G says:

I loved the experience of reading Neuromancer (he writes so darn pretty) but enjoyed the story of Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive even more.

odolany says:

I thought that the most inspiring book for the game was supposed to be:

grkpektis says:

Please read snow crash next. I love Neuromancer but I think Snow Crash is an even better Cyberpunk novel

Victor Ferreira says:

Brazilian cover!

unnamed says:

check out the Indigo Gaming cyberpunk documentary

Francesco Zzap says:

Neuromancer=neuromancer dos, c64, amiga.

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