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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Even better than Gibson's early work (which is already pretty damn good)

    It is heartening to see what nearly 20 years of seasoning can do for an author. Idoru is a sophisticated, delightful twist on Gibson's previous formula. The characters are more real and engaging, the plot more intuitive and less formulaic than his previous endeavors. Idoru is like great jazz music: when you try to pin down what makes it work, the full answers slip through your fingers.

    I had respect for Gibson when I read Neuromancer, but despite being more famous, it reads like a first novel. This book is seasoned talent let out to play, and it's a joy to behold.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    Nothing Happens

    The two positive things i can say about this book is that is has great (really great) characters and a few nifty ideas, most notably the 'New Buildings'. Other than that there is absolutely nothing here. The entire book i was waiting for all this stuff that was happening to boil down to something, but it just never did, nothing grand or very exciting ever happened. This is no where near as good as Neuromancer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    A rich, character-driven story about the near-future

    I have been a big fan of William Gibson's work since I read Neuromancer so many years ago. Although I was somewhat disappointed by Virtual Light, the follow-up, Idoru, renewed my faith. As the middle book in the Bridge Trilogy, Idoru sets up a diverse cast of characters, including a virtual pop star, a rock star, an avid fan, and a computer technician (for lack of a better term) who sees patterns in fields of data, and draws them all together in post-earthquake Japan. Although Gibson's plot takes some unusual, typically-Gibsonesque leaps, it is the interaction of the characters that will draw you in. A lesser writer would have bungled this, but Gibson's poetic prose is up to the challenge. Like most good science-fiction, Gibson uses his created world to make points about our own, lingering especially long over the topics of the nature of celebrity and the fine line between advanced artificial intelligence and human life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Gibson's Best

    After I stumbled upon 'Neuromancer' a couple of years ago I read nearly all of Gibson's books (I have tried to pace myself as I would otherwise run out of his titles). Of both triologies I think that 'Idoru' is the best story he has written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd recommend Gibson to anyone, but I would especially recommend this title if you're ready to pursue a really fantastic cyber punk story.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Very Poorly Written

    Awful. Not believable, complicated and disjointed. Not worth paying any price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    One of Gibson's best.

    I read all of William Gibson's earlier novels after first reading Spook Country. I was never disappointed. Idoru is fine as a standalone novel, but it is great as a lead in to All Tomorrow's Parties.

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