When you read Neuromancer but don't know what a computer is.
First, I love post apocalyptic sci-fi. I love cyber punk. I really love post apocalyptic cyber punk. This book got my hopes up, then made me go, "What..Show More »?"
At times it felt like the technical jargon was being used as magic, without really reflecting what technology is. I understand attempting to use a visualized inner space as a narrative tool is imperfect, but at no point did I really understand how this version of the world was supposed to work. It killed the immersion.
Which may not have been terrible. The narrative moved jarringly quickly, and the characters motivations seemed to change based on completely incomprehensible timelines and reasons.
Basically, when the story ended, I didn't really even understand what it was about.