©2006 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Count Zero is the second book in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy - Neuromancer being the first. Count Zero is not as hypnotic and it's predecessor. It's a not a direct sequel to the Neuromancer but is a story set in the same world 7 to 8 years after the events told in the first novel. At it's heart, Count Zero is crime drama with elements of a action-spy story. There are some downright cool crossover moments where events from the first novel are referenced and a supporting character or two make a short appearance in the story. I didn't enjoy Zero as much as Neuromancer because a big part of the fun of these books is learning about and exploring the world Gibson's characters inhabit. Zero retains much of the flavor of Neuromancer but is an entity in and of itself; worth a read.
I know I should expect the unorganized style of writing from William Gibson. He is a challenge to read anyway, but this was just too all over the place. The concepts and direction were too drawn out. The pace of this book, considering it's intensity and complex word structure, was too slow. I would zone out, getting lost on the extended dialogues.
Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.
It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.
I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.
If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.
When published, personal computing is still in it's infancy...never mind the internet...and here we are diving into intrigue on this 'world wide web'...interacting with AI, who have assumed position and title to Loas (or christian saints) and hold reign through this new medium.
Usually, the 'mid-books' of a trilogy of stories is the stumbler but Gibson holds your attention throughout the whole story. Quite a way to set off the next in this line...and at the time, no clue of the follower.
Quite a tale with a varied cast of players who add their own spice to this tale of rebirth and liberation.
Gibson is amazing at filling out his world and not using same characters each time. the nods to neuromancer was great and the new characters felt as real as molly and chase did.
William Gibson expands the reach of the Sprawl with intertwining tales of varied technological evolution! A fascinating exploration into the potentials and dangers of cyberspace!
In the sequel to Neuromancer, Gibson reveals an unintended consequence of Case's actions in the first novel: new AI gods. This time we have three main characters, a hard boiled mercenary, a disgraced art dealer, and a wannabe cowboy around who a new conspiracy weaves.
Neuromancer is still largely considered one of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever written and while Count Zero doesn't quite reach those heights it's still a very enjoyable read. Unfortunately, this performance is a big downside. Davis' sleepy and almost emotionless narration really takes its toll, especially during action sequences. That said, the story was interesting enough for me to finish the book, in spite of Davis. Ultimately, I'd still recommend Count Zero, especially if you're itching to get back to the Sprawl.
The writing in this story is excellent. The stereotyping . . . ick. I couldn't get through it. I tried twice, but I just can't listen to the stereotypical ghetto drug addict tripe. It's too little knowledge and understanding of the culture, and too much reliance on the talk radio version of black America. Lost any respect I might have had for this author.
a little less intense, but probably easier to follow. if you liked Necromancer, you will like this. It takes place 8 years later with all new characters. The end is a little bland, but that's because it's a setup for Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Neuromancer, predecessor to this book, is one of the best books ever written. Modern movies like The Matrix owe there imagination to that book. This book is in the series and certainly The Matrix of some quantity of credit to this book as well. The Matrix character Morpheus is almost a direct lift from this. However it took about 35% of the book for me to really get into it. I just wasn't sure I liked any characters. It picked up when the characters became more intriguing and more relatable. By 70% I was hooked and I really liked where story it ended. He wrapped it up quite nicely and made me ready to read the next one.
Struggled to finish this book. Its roles are filled with less memorable characters and a muddled plot line. Lacking the magic of the new the first one this book leaves you not wanting more. Narrator is pretty good but can be a little monotone which combined with the storyline make paying attention a stuggle at times.
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