I think I will re-read Neuromancer this evening...
@melyanna Neuromancer is such a classic! I think I've read it two, maybe three times. It's been ages since the last time, though.
I love it, but for some reason I always remember it as a confusing mess of chrome, drugs, artificial organs and AI. I mean, it's not this complex once you know the plot, but it has left me a deep impression of intricate chaos. Possibly because it felt truly alien the first time I read it.
@ice I think your summary is accurate: the prose manages to be descriptive and fast paced at the same time, and there is a lot of lore that needs to be absorbed quickly that makes it confusing the first time you read it.
And yet I absolutely love that it's gritty yet poetic and I find it really well written.
It feels more like reading something about an alternate past now though.
But I still love it, tropes and all.
@melyanna Yes, you describe it well, and I agree the gritty yet poetic vibe is definitely there. There's a few striking details that make the world feel alive and that I can't forget, like the mirror prosthetic eyes, the dead encoded hacker, the hero getting back a regular pancreas at the end, or the famous opening line about the color of the sky.
@melyanna A book that isn't exactly about an alternate past but that comes to my mind is The City And The City by China Miéville. If you haven't read it, it does a fantastic job at describing a weird but plausible place where two cities exists simultaneously in our own contemporary world. It manages to feel exotic and surreal yet deeply ingrained in a harsh reality, you'd probably like it.
@ice never read it, but it sounds like a book I would like from what you write: I definitely like the theme.
And I am looking for something to read that will entertain my mind and take it off of the stuff that is happening in the real world.
@melyanna I love Miéville and I'd totally recommend his work (including his fantasy cycles) but it's quite naturalist and political. While definitely entertaining, it sometimes hits pretty close to reality.
A rather different author that comes to my mind is Robin Hobb, she writes excellent fantasy, you might like it if you're looking for a more escapist/traditional setting (with deep characters and a strong romantic vibe.)
@ice I love Robn Hobb! :)
And it's OK that there are elements that are close to our reallty, it can still offer a good distraction to me if I can just be absorbed in a book and forget about what's around me.
@melyanna Yeah, she's great :) This reminds I need to finish the Rain Wild Chronicles, as they've been slowly translated to French, I think I miss the last one.
For good distraction in a fantasy setting, if you haven't read them already, I can also recommend the Discworld books. And for a silly detective/fantasy mix, you can try the Garrett P.I. series by Glen Cook, it's loads of fun.
@ice I love Discworld! By the way, do you remember that ridiculously difficult Discworld point and click adventure?
Glen Cook I need to look into. :)
@melyanna Yes! I remember a friend brought his Saturn for the weekend, and I think we managed to go through three or four screens before getting stuck, haha. That's a pretty blurry memory though. I'm a bit more familiar with Discworld Noir, but I didn't go very far either (the ambiance is a bit similar to Garrett PI, by the way.)
@melyanna If you don't know him, Glen Cook is more famous for the Black Company, which is also excellent (not all books are equal though.) It's pretty dark sometimes, quite cynical yet funny, very anti-heroic. A bit like a twisted version of LotR where heroes are a bunch of mercenary losers who still manage to survive with a mix of luck, dirty tactics and cunning strategy, while being on the verge of disaster all the time.
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