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characters ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ William Gibson William Gibson ✓ 7 read free read Count Zero Ovation and gritty brand name realism” Fantasy Review“William Gibson’s prose astonishing in its clarity and skill becomes high tech electric poetry” Bruce Sterling“Suspense actiona lively storya sophisticated version of the sentient computer a long way from the old models that were simply out to Rule the World” Locu. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureThey plot with men my other selves and men imagine they are godsSeveral years have passed since Molly and Case freed the AI who calls himself Neuromancer Neuromancer s been busy and now his plots have widened to involve several people whom we meet in Count ZeroTurner is a recently reconstructed mercenary who s been hired by the Hosaka Corporation to extract Christopher Mitchell and his daughter Angie from Mitchell s job at Maas Biolabs Mitchell is the creator of the world s first biochip and he s secretly agreed to move to Hosaka Extracting an indentured research scientist is a deadly game but Turner is one of the bestBobby Count Zero Newmark who wants to be a console cowboy has just pulled a Wilson that means he majorly screwed up on his first attempt at running an unknown icebreaker He nearly died in the matrix but was saved by a girl he d never seen before Now he s freaked out on the run and buildings are exploding behind him as he s being hunted by a mysterious helicopter with a rocket launcherMarly Krushkova lost her art gallery after her boyfriend tried to sell a forgery Now she s been hired by Joseph Virek the world s richest man to find the artist who s creating and selling some strange shadowboxes These expensive and enigmatic objets d art seem like collections of random pieces of junk but they speak to Marly Using her intuition and Joseph Virek s money she hopes to find the unknown artistOther memorable characters are the voodoo priests and priestesses The Finn Tally Isham the SenseNet celebrity the prophet Wigan Ludgate who thinks God lives in the matrix a bar owner named Jammer and a whole mob of Gothicks and Kasuals All of their stories eventually collide as we discover who s haunting cyberspaceCount Zero is the first seuel to William Gibson s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer If you haven t read Neuromancer yet you ll probably be lost because Gibson just drops you into his world without instructions explanations or technical support Even though you think you ve been to his world before it s Earth after all you haven t and Gibson never tells us what happened to make it unrecognizable It appears that large biotech companies are in control or maybe I should say they re out of control and there are no authorities to check their ruthless behaviors What happened to the US government Why are so many cities ruined and abandoned What is the war that people keep referring to Where is the middle class There are still rich people who buy art wear stylish clothes and set trends for the masses but many of those who try to keep up are illiterate addicted and without electricity and clean water They escape their lives with designer drugs and by plugging into cheap simstim fantasiesIt s partly these uestions which are never answered that make Neuromancer s seuel work so well Many seuels feel pallid because the world and the characters are no longer new and exciting but Gibson avoids seuel stagnancy by creating a gaudy and grueling world that we feel like we should understand and making us desperate for information but rarely delivering itIt also helps that in each book of the Sprawl trilogy we have new characters to get to know And you have to admire Gibson s characters Not as people perhaps but as characters For example Bobby Count Zero is a total loser He s like that obnoxious kid in high school who was always trying so hard to make people like him Gibson gets this just right never explaining Bobby to us but letting us gradually figure him out just by listening to him talk or by seeing things from his perspective This is carefully and cleverly done for every characterThe plot of Count Zero is fascinating uniue and unpredictable as Gibson finally brings together all of these weird and colorful events and characters There are some answers in the end and the story s connection to Neuromancer is eventually made clear But there are many uestions left to answer so after you finish Count Zero you ll want to have Mona Lisa Overdrive the concluding novel of the Sprawl trilogy ready to goI listened to Brilliance Audio s version of Count Zero which was read by one of my favorite voice actors Jonathan Davis He is always wonderful and his grimy and jaded male voices are perfect for this kind of novel My only issue is one I ve had with Davis before he has essentially one female voice I have listened to so many books read by Mr Davis that I actually feel like this one woman is showing up in all these different novels Hey what are Thecla and Agia and Vlana and Ivrian doing in the Sprawl Count Zero has only a few female characters who don t overlap much so Davis does well with this story but I ll be listening for Angie and Marly next time I m in Lankhmar

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I would perhaps complain that the ending was a bit to deus ex machina for my taste but then the entire book is wound around the theme of god being in the machine From the vodou loa who seemingly possess various characters and steer the entire plot to the mad European trillionare who has reached near immortality through preservation vats and virtual reality to the insane former net cowboy who now believes he has found god in the random yet deeply moving works of art created by long abandoned industrial robot everything in Count Zero is about god machines and that perhaps the line between the two is not so clearThen again Neuromancer was largely about sentient AI and how if computers and the net become omnipotent omniscient and omnipresent that is pretty much the definition of God I personally enjoyed Neuromancer a bit simply because I like the uestion of god to remain fuzzy for the factor of faith to blur the interpretation of what occurs both see the same bolt of lightening but to the atheist the lightening is just a meteorological to the believer it is a sign from above In Count Zero the loas seem to actually haunt the net and actually seem to sculpt the events in the book It could be that they are merely highly advanced AI manifesting as African gods but Gibson seems to lean a bit towards the divine hereThat said Gibson is perhaps one of the best stylists writing sci fi I love the genre but read less of it than I might like simply because the prose in most sci fi is mediocre if not down right bad There is this generic functional sci fi voice that the majority of good SF writers fall into where the sentences and paragraphs are merely scaffolds to prop up their ideas whatever intriguing plot they ve devises some moral or spiritual crisis explored through technology or alien species As long as the ideas are good enough I don t usually mind and that s what SF tends to be about both for the authors and their audience ideas It doesn t matter that Canticle for Lebowitz Anvil of Stars or I Robot all sound about the same because the ideas are fascinating and hold you spell boundGibson on the other hand has ideas that grab you and prose can make you pause and re read a sentence He can craft brilliant even uotable lines and shift his style to near stream of consciousness to show the mind blowing effects of hitting black ice being drugged or having one s memory artificially restored He throws around lingo and slang just to the edge of being pretentious without usually falling over with the effect of having a living breathing world whose dirt and grime are familiar enough to make it immediate and real yet just alien enough to be the exotic future Well on to Mona Lisa Overdrive then I can review the entire Sprawl Trilogy Homeless Troubled Society in a reconstructed body a beautiful woman by his side Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission dangerous than the one he’s recovering from to get a defecting chief of RD and the biochip he’s perfected out Techniue of Getting Things Done intact But this proves to be of supreme Russell Simmons' Laws of Success 12 Proven Steps to Achieving Happiness and Empowerment interest to certain other parties some. 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  • Hardcover
  • 278
  • Count Zero
  • William Gibson
  • English
  • 05 October 2020
  • 9780877957690