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Old 04-06-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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Need Recommendations Re. Cyberpunk?

So a friend of mine recently turned me on to Shadowrun- which is, for those of you who haven't run into this, a tabletop game about a magic/cyberpunk universe. Naturally, I got into it incredibly well. My friend then recommended three books supposedly in the cyberpunk genre. As I work stacking boxes for a grocery store I need something to listen to, and have been consuming audiobooks at an incredible rate, I grabbed his solutions and tried 'em out. Here's what happened:

Neuromancer: Not bad! The ending was a pretty unfulfilling, but not bad.

Snow Crash: Guh. The writing was awkward (There's moments where characters are in two places at the same time somehow, and other problems), the characters felt one dimensional, and I gave up halfway through when the fifteen gear old girl bonked some guy old enough to be her father.

A Scanner Darkly: Gave up relatively quickly. If I wanted to hear people talk about drugs, how to get more drugs, how they need drugs and what they'll do with drugs- as well as crazy conspiracy junk- I'd listen to my coworkers.

Anyone got any other suggestions? I'm dying here!
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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One book that I really enjoyed and you should consider is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I haven't listened to the audio book, but it was narrated by Wil Wheaton which is a huge plus for me since anyone who follows him knows he loves this type of work and he will put everything he has into getting it right.

Another one which some people have listed as cyberpunk that I enjoyed was Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I enjoyed it much more than Snow Crash, although I am not sure I would classify it as cyberpunk myself. It is also LONG (~1200 pages) which should help keep you busy for a while.
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One book that I really enjoyed and you should consider is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I haven't listened to the audio book, but it was narrated by Wil Wheaton which is a huge plus for me since anyone who follows him knows he loves this type of work and he will put everything he has into getting it right.

Another one which some people have listed as cyberpunk that I enjoyed was Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I enjoyed it much more than Snow Crash, although I am not sure I would classify it as cyberpunk myself. It is also LONG (~1200 pages) which should help keep you busy for a while.
Definitely be giving those a look!
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Pre-cyberpunk: Roger Zelazny's _Damnation Alley_

In the same vein as a successor: Walter Jon Williams' _Hardwired_ (there are other books which follow --- still need to track down a copy of the 3rd _Voice of the Whirlwind_ is haunting)
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Pre-cyberpunk: Roger Zelazny's _Damnation Alley_

In the same vein as a successor: Walter Jon Williams' _Hardwired_ (there are other books which follow --- still need to track down a copy of the 3rd _Voice of the Whirlwind_ is haunting)
... Define haunting?
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... Define haunting?
Haunting probably not the best choice of word --- thought-provoking. Haunts me, 'cause I'm kind of wishing for a second chance, to fix everything in my life, and the opportunity to be a Zen saint w/ no Karmic debt.
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I likewise enjoyed Ready Player One and recommend it.
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William Gibson is the master. Count Zero. Kinda like Neuromancer, but you know what's going on, kind of.

Also The Difference Engine, but that's steampunk.
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I liked Ramez Naam's Nexus and Crux novels. He was up for the Campbell award in 2013 & 2014. They're about a guy that figures out how to take injected nanomachines and turn them into something that is akin to telepathy or empathy (not sure whether the nanomachines would be able to make it past the blood barrier, but this is SF after all). It's possible that people can use this technology to control other people, and the US government either wants to shut it down or control it. The (final? next?) book in the series is out in May.

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Most of the rest of Gibson's are worth a look. His Blue Ant stuff felt tedious after the 2nd or 3rd novel but still stylish.

I liked Charlie Stross' Accelerando and Glasshouse. Also Vernor Vinge's True Names and The Cookie Monster.
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These two came out this year. I've read Tregillis book, thought it was awesome. Bear's book is on my immediate tbr list.

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Lol sorry. Just saw you are asking for cyberpunk not steampunk! Apologies.
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Pre-cyberpunk: Roger Zelazny's _Damnation Alley_

In the same vein as a successor: Walter Jon Williams' _Hardwired_ (there are other books which follow --- still need to track down a copy of the 3rd _Voice of the Whirlwind_ is haunting)
Look on Smashwords for Walter Jon Williams, he's released quite a lot through them. Both "Voice of the Whirlwind" and "Hardwired" are there, it looks like he's even re-released Hardwired in episodic format, with the first installment available for free.
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