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DNF Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson

This is the cover of the mass market paperback copy I received, even though it didn’t match the one that I ordered, I decided not to rain hellfire upon the heads of the Amazon customer service agents that day. I’m really not sure what is going on with this cover. It is not well. It’s worse than not well, it’s terrible. In the middle there, that’s probably an image of some expensive art that William purchased after he made his first $20k off this book. It might still be hanging in his living room.


( Extracted from Amazon )

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.


I’m mad at this book. This is the exact reason you read the preview on Amazon before purchasing and not by the blurb alone ( which I obviously didn’t read the preview ). The blurb had me excited as all get out because I love Matrix style neuro-hacking cyberpunk futuristic bull crap ( I like it better when it’s the bull and not the crap part ). I’m a futurist at heart, so this book left me first – mouth watering and hungry, and in the end scathing in the current state of configuration while I’m in writing this article.

SIDE NOTE: This is all William Gibson’s fault, haha – Elon Musk’s Neuralink update: How to watch, start time, ‘working’ device demo

It definitely was not the blurb on this page ( with the mass market paperback that I received ) that got me excited:

This book was painful to read and it’s not smooth. Maybe the author intended for it to be that way. Maybe it was for imagination, but I feel like the author should have put some sort of glossary for foreign terms in the back appendix. This was released before people had the internet to research ideas and the 80’s readers could probably have a 4 week-long book lover’s meeting arguing about what different terms in the book mean. And that would be a great time, I’m sure. If I was to pick this thing up and read at the time of it’s release in 1984 when all the topics were a new thing I’m confident I would have felt differently.

Make no mistake this is not garbage. It’s just not for me. Hell, if I was stuck ( or locked ) in an empty room with this book then yes, I would read it, even study it like a geeked-up college student on 4 monster drinks.

AND if you want to see how well William Gibson is keeping up with his internet presence, I found his blog which is BROKE:

Just joking, here is his real website @ Go check him out and give him some pat on the backs for bringing some cyborg type future into our present landscape – “and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.” – I don’t doubt this for ONE second.


I made it a little under half-way through this book. Cyberpunk and futurism hold a place deep in my heart, but as an author you would think to present ideas in a digestible fashion and that is not the case with this book. Awesome ideas, groundbreaking even, but presentation could have used some polishing. I give the book ★★☆☆☆ 2 stars out of 5.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

5 replies on “DNF Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson”

Sad that this did not work out for you. I am interested in taking a peak at the book still as W. Gibson wrote the script for the Alien 3 movie that was in my opinion better than the shiity movie we got… great review non the less

I’d be really interested in what you think about it. Hell, for all I know it opens up three quarters of the way through the book. Not sure? 🤨Interesting about the lost Alien 3 script! I listened to the Audible preview and also, an audio drama is something new to me. Thank you for stopping by.

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