Final Thoughts on Neuromancer

The title had me worried. Neuromancer is, no question, a silly name for a book. It conjures (har har) images of terrible scifi/fantasy paperback cover art like this: Fortunately, this is a novel whose author took more cues from Raymond Chandler, William S. Burroughs, and Rene Descartes than from The Werwile of the Crystal Crypt. Though … Continue reading

Neuromancer’s Finale

William Gibson says this about the revision process for his novel, Neuromancer: The first two-thirds was rewritten a dozen times- a lot of stylistic changes, once I had the feel of the world, but also a lot of monkeying around to make the plot seem vaguely plausible… My revisions mainly involve looking for passages that “clunk.” … Continue reading

Can having any opinion about Harry Potter be okay?

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like my family, you’ll probably eat a lot, watch football and maybe talk about going to a movie. Then pass out. But if you do get out to see a movie, chances are it will be the new Harry Potter. Speaking of which! After asking folks to vote for the … Continue reading

New Book Selected! The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

We have a new book. We’ll start reading The Witches of Eastwick on December 1. About Witches of Eastwick: 1984 novel by John Updike. 320 pp What it’s about After Rabbit, Run, The Witches of Eastwick is arguably John Updike’s  second most famous novel. It tells the story of three divorced women living in Rhode Island. They are witches, … Continue reading

Sustaining Dread – Neuromancer teases out the bad guy

The most painful thing about reading this book is knowing how just about every idea in it has been turned into a cliche. Some of these ideas were innovative at the time. For example, action scenes in cyberspace, cybernetically-enhanced characters, and the intermingling of the human brain and the computer. However, some tropes in Neuromancer … Continue reading