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Count Zero by William Gibson
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Count Zero (original 1986; edition 1987)

by William Gibson

Series: Sprawl (2)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:A stylish, street smart, frighteningly probable parable of the future from the visionary, New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer and Agency.

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he??s recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D??and the biochip he??s perfected??out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties??some of whom aren??t… (more)
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Title:Count Zero
Authors:William Gibson
Info:Ace (1987), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:cyber-punk

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Count Zero by William Gibson (1986)

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The weakest of the sprawl trilogy, although still entertaining and tightly written. Does not have the same level of hallucinatory Burroughs-esque prose prose. Turner seems to be a bit of a blank -- he feels a bit like Armitage from Neuromancer, some.one who has been assembled from parts and does not have a real personality (as he was assembled physically)/ Also the Voodoo stuff feels a bit thin, and feels like some odd intrusion into the story, It is not fleshed out enough nor integrated enough into the rest of the story ( )
  audient_void | Mar 2, 2024 |
Like the preceding Neuromancer, William makes you make some effort to keep up, and once again, it's effort well repaid.

Adding insult to injury, this is the second copy i've tried of this book and they've both been rather badly edited.   I'm not sure whether the original book is like that or if it's the fault of the copying it over into ebook format.   Anyway, i'll judge it on the idea that the original doesn't have all the punctuation and grammar faults and judge it as a damned good book, because, for all it's faults in that area, it was well worth muddling through and making the effort for a really good story and characters.

Other thing to note: don't expect to begin where you left off with Neuromancer either, because you won't be.   Instead you'll be thrown around here there and everywhere in between with general hints and a few characters from Neuromancer popping up and/or in or maybe just getting a mention in passing.

Anyways, all is good and i'm straight into Mona Lisa Overdrive. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
Definitely not as engaging as Neuromancer. I never knew it was a trilogy way back when I first read Neuromancer. Thinking it shouldn't be. I probably won't read the next book. ( )
  jwilker | Apr 6, 2023 |
First 50% uninteresting. Somewhat cheesy. Hard to follow. Sentence fragments. ( )
  endolith | Mar 1, 2023 |
I enjoyed this more than the previous book in the trilogy, Neuromancer. The first book used so many neologisms, and familiar words in unfamiliar senses, and the plot and writing style was almost impressionistic. Count Zero seems tidier. Maybe I've absorbed the neologisms and got used to the style, but I think there is more to it. I feel that the author is more in command of his writing in this volume. The story flows and grows. There's still plenty of weirdness, but the reader is better able to come along for the ride.
Now looking forward to Mona Lisa Overdrive. ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 20, 2022 |
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Quiero hacer contigo
lo que la primavera
hace con los cerezos
-- Neruda
COUNT ZERO INTERRUPT - on receiving an interrupt, decrement the counter to zero.
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For my D
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They set a slamhound on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair.
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"The street tries to find its own uses for things, Mr Turner." [Chiba medic: 69]
As she walked from the Louvre, she seemed to sense some articulated structure shifting to accommodate her course through the city. The waiter would be merely a part of the thing, one limb, a probe or palp. The whole would be larger, much larger. How could she have imagined that it would be possible to live, to move, in the unnatural field of Virek's wealth without suffering distortion? Virek had taken her up, in all her misery, and had rotated her through all the monstrous, invisible stresses of his money, and she had been changed. Of course, she thought, of course: It moves around me constantly, watchful and invisible, the vast and subtle mechanism of Herr Virek's surveillance. [Marly: 73]
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:A stylish, street smart, frighteningly probable parable of the future from the visionary, New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer and Agency.

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he??s recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D??and the biochip he??s perfected??out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties??some of whom aren??t

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Count Zero's world of the Sprawl is closer to the connected world of today than Gibson's earlier work Neuromancer.
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Count Zero, hacker
Hung out lots in cyberspace
It was newly formed  
(pickupsticks)

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