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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
by William Gibson

Neuromancer Analysis

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Do You Have the Time?Unfortunately, we don't. Neuromancer is set in the future, but the date's a big old question mark. All we can say for certain is that it takes place in the far future, or what...

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Limited Omniscient): CaseNeuromancer is told in a third person limited omniscient narrative voice. Yeah, that's a ridiculously long name, isn't it? Thankfully the idea behind this nam...

Genre

Quest, Science FictionNeuromancer is a particular version of the quest genre—what we'll call the heist genre. See, a quest is all about a hero traveling to reach a certain goal, usually involving...

Tone

PunkThe punk subculture started around the mid 70s in the United States and United Kingdom, so when Gibson was writing in the early 80s, it was a full-blown cultural zeitgeist. As a result, a lot o...

Writing Style

From the Streets, SlangyGibson borrows his writing style from the hard-boiled detective novels of the pulp era, stories written by guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. These detective n...

What's Up With the Title?

We'll save you a few minutes of searching right now. You won't find the word neuromancer in any dictionary. Gibson made the word up. Yeah, you can do that. In fact, writers like Shakespeare, Joyce,...

What's Up With the Ending?

What's up with the ending? You tell us. With an ending like this one, your guess is as good as ours. See, Neuromancer has what we'd call an open-ended conclusion. We can only say some things defini...

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base CampNeuromancer isn't too difficult of a book. The story is told from Case's perspective throughout the entire novel. The sequence of events is linear without any jumping around in time. T...

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