A mixed bag but worth it.
by Ellyb on July 4, 2008Well I was extremely excited to read the "legendary" book by William Gibson that coined the term "cyberspace" and that has been heavily borrowed from in popular culture by movies like "The Matrix" and many others.
And it's not that I was completely disappointed. The tone is atmospheric and moody and the characters are vibrant, and the stakes are suitably high. It's that I had trouble following the plot. I'd think I understood what was going on only to have a character show up that I was supposed to know and I couldn't remember who they were or why they were important. I do think that maybe a second reading would clear some things up, but alas, upon first reading there were many murkiness issues.
It truly was interesting to read this book however, knowing how revolutionary it was when it was released, and seeing things that have been sci-fi staples ever since first showing up in this book. I'm going to go ahead and recommend this book with the caveat that some of the labyrinthian plot points take can be a little tricky to follow. After all it is kind of a mystery, so it's not supposed to be absolutely clear cut. I just could have used a little more help, myself.
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