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Penguin, Jan 1, 2003 - Fiction - 308 pages
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Twenty-first-century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere, blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea creature. Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is not, he is careful to point out, a voyeur. He is an intuitive fisher of patterns of information, the 'signature' a particular individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the interesting (read; dangerous) bits. Which makes him very useful - to certain people. Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. She's fourteen. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo/Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo/Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble, in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out. Rei Toei is the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. The Idoru. And Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that brought Chia to Tokyo. But the things that bother Rez are not the things that bother most people. Is something different here, in the very nature of reality? Or is it that something violently new is about to happen? It's possible the Idoru is as real as she wants or needs to be - or as real as Rez desires. When Colin Laney looks into her dark eyes, trying hard to think of her as no more than a hologram, he sees things he's never seen before. He sees how she might break a man's heart.

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The prose is speedy and light on narrative. - Goodreads
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Something about the understated ending left me flat. - Goodreads
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A fun romp that takes the world from Virtual Light, a few remaining characters, largely in cameo, and runs with it. There is something particularly striking about the ideas of nodes, about how ... Read full review

Review: Idoru (Bridge #2)

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A character driven and personal story from the creator of the modern cyberpunk genre. Idoru is more about the growth of it's two main protagonists rather then the action-packed adventures of street ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

William Gibson was born in Conway, South Carolina, grew up in southwestern Virginia, attended school in southern Arizona, and moved to Canada when he was nineteen.

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