Rik's Reads

*I Am The Grand Canyon
ClassicsFarenheit 451
Catcher in the Rye
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Grapes of Wrath
Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe
To Kill a Mockingbird
Geeky Death March (Surviving Doomed Projects)
Executable UML: A Foundation for Model Driven Architecture
Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Just XML
Using Perl 5 for Web Programming
GeneralThe Bastard Brigade
Tails of the City
HumorThe Joy of Work
Owt, Nowt and Summat A Toast to All Tykes
Must ReadThe Code Book
Grapes of Wrath
I Am The Grand Canyon
The Silicon Boys and their valley of dreams
To Kill a Mockingbird
Must Read A Confederacy of Dunces
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Relaxing Cannery Row
Into Thin Air
The Martian
Ready Player One
Sci-Fi Farenheit 451
TechieAlice in Quantumland
The Code Book
How to Invent Everything
This Book Isn't Safe
Techie Backroom Boys; the secret return of the british boffin
tbd The Crystal Cave
The Santa Cruz Trailbook
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Boy, I feel like I've been reading this book forever! Now that's got to be a sign that I'm not totally enthrawled by the thing.

The phenomina of Cyber Space and Cyber Punk have been attributed to this book (which is why I decided I had to read it). The book is also the basis of the film Johnny Mnemonic, not a good sign, uh!

There are some interesting ideas in the book, along the lines of cybernetic enhancments. These seem to be largly trivial stuff, like an LED display wired into your retina, so you don't need one of those nurdy digital watches to tell the time. There's some interesting VR stuff too.

Unfortunately I feel that I can get everything the book has to offer by watching StarTrek NG, Voyager and The X Files. Maybe I'm being overly harsh, as this book was written in '84 and I imagine at the time it was way ahead of the competition.

One funny co-incidence is that Gibson calls one particular technology a microsoft. I guess back in '84 Bill's company wasn't big enough to be paranoid about the use of his companies monica and possibly Gibson hadn't even heard of them.

I'm now about 3/4 the way through the book and I'm having a lot of trouble trying to work out what exactly the story is. Maybe the book is just a collection of ideas that Gibson had about how the future would turn out, though I don't think that is the case. I think there's supposed to be a storey about espionage in there somewhere...

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