by Pat Cadigan

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ISBN-13: 9780575119543
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: SF Masterworks Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Pat Cadigan was born in 1953 in Schenectady, New York and grew up in Massachusetts, attending the University of Massachusetts. She moved to England in 1996. Her books include SYNNERS, FOOLS(both of which won the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD) and PATTERNS.

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Synners 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Cyberpunk read this book! The story moves along at a good pace, never getting bogged down in the technology but not glossing over the details. No 2d characters in this book, even secondary characters are fleshed out and have impact. The story's inovative and surprising, taking some great and unexpected twists. I bought the book when it first came out in the 90's. Since then I've read this book several times, each time finding a new level to it that I'd missed before.
thorswitch on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I remember reading this book when it first came out. (The date on my LT entry shows "2001," but I'm not sure why - it was the early 90's at the earliest when I read it.)It was the first techno/cyber book I'd read, and it was at about the same time I was discovering the online world. One thing I particularly liked about it was that even though I didn't have a lot of technical knowledge or experience, the books technical aspects were written clearly enough that I didn't have any trouble following the story. The characters were interesting and even some of the ones who seemed a bit "out there" were relatable, and the story was compelling. I was very interested in seeing how things were going to come out, and it was definitely one of those books that's kind of hard to put down. Another reader commented on how its been interesting watching some of the phrasing Cadigan used or ideas she presented have actually become a part of our landscape, and I have to agree. Anytime I hear someone talking about "food porn" or "war porn" or anything of that nature, I'm reminded of "Synners." It's the same with seeing how the net is being used to bring us more and more personalized content, and watching us add all these flat-panel TV and computer screens to our home. There are only a few books that I've read that I remember with any kind of clarity 5 or 6 years after having read them. Hell, there aren't that many I remember clearly 5 or 6 *months* after reading them. Yet "Synners" is one I read in the early 90's and here, roughly 15 years later, it's one that keeps coming back to mind. I don't know how available it is, but if you can find it, I'd recomment checking it out.
scroeser on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I want to play this and 'Snowcrash' as a double show every weekend.
moontyger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I, quite frankly, adore this book. It is incredibly, utterly brilliant, even more so when you realize it was written in 1991 and yet was amazingly prescient. I only wish more people wrote cyberpunk like Cadigan does. Highly recommended if you like cyberpunk at all.
Pool_Boy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I liked the story to this book. I was particularly impressed with with how spot on a lot of what happened has crept in to society today (given when the book was written). Nice premise and all.But it took me forever to get in to it. I found that there were far too many characters and the initial weaving of the story lines so confusing that I would have to go back and read sections I had already read over again just to keep things straight. Part of my problem, I know, is that I am a slow reader and I tend to read in snippets of just 5 pages or so.I'd still recommend it as I really liked the story (and the pacing) in the latter half of the book especially.
Jinjifore on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Probably my favorite of Cadigan's books. I was fascinated by Mindplayers, and Synners didn't disappoint me. It's been a long time since I've read it, but I still vividly remember large parts of it, something I can't say about many books I read fifteen years ago. I love her bright, punchy style of narrative, and the way that the characters move so believably through their own world. It's always a temptation, I think, to stop and explain what's going on when one enters such a different world, but Cadigan managed to introduce her world through her characters, letting the reader learn as the characters learned. Still a favorite after all these years.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
Everyone dreams of something better, but no one wants to wake up. In the absence of meaning, life has become an endless search for more media to consume. Synthesizers work tirelessly to keep up with demand, turning every experience into “porn” for the masses to consume. Even the hackers that revile it can’t completely escape the need to escape what the world has become. Now a new technology promises to bridge the gap between illusion and reality. Anyone looking for a dense read will find a welcome challenge in Synners. Memories and inner reflections thread through the scenes, filtering everything through the perspective of the current point of view character. The frequent change of perspective can be confusing at times, but the narrative voices are so distinct that audiences will quickly learn to recognize who the current narrator is, as each character struggles in their search for something real. Each perspective focuses on a personal journey, full of rich inner reflections, but leaves little room for any kind of overarching conflict. Instead most of the story is spent orbiting a series of vague problems, using short lived struggles to explore issues of reality, art, and escapism, while avoiding any extended conflict that might root the story in a primary issue. The language is rich with evocative imagery and literary motifs, but eventually the illusion of meaning wears thin. The story settles into an 11th hour threat, uniting its diverse subplots into a climax rich with symbolic references to everything that came before. The potency of the ending is only marred by how estranged it feels from rest of the story. +Strong Characters +Strong Writing *Challenging Read *Slow Pacing -Weak Main Plot 3.5/5