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Penguin, Jan 7, 2003 - Fiction - 400 pages
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“The best novel William Gibson has ever written about the world we’re entering daily. Neuromancer made Gibson famous; Idoru cements that fame.”—The Washington Post Book World

21st 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 an intuitive fisher for patterns of information, the “signature” an individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him 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 idoru—the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo. True or not, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger...

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is set in roughly the same cyberpunk world as Neuromancer, but the style is more subtle and complex, which I must confess means less accessible for me. It occurs in the highly technologized Japan ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

A fast-paced, exciting story about the intersections of realities and identity. This is also one of the rare books that gets the mindset behind fandom. An impressive piece of cyberpunk. Read full review


1Death Cube K
2Lo Rez Skyline
3Almost a Civilian
4Venice Decompressed
5Nodal Points
7The Wet Warm Life in Alison Shires
25The Idoru
26Hak Nam
27That Physical Thing
28A Matter of Credit
29Her Bad Side
30The Etruscan
31The Way Things Work
32The Uninvited

9Out of Control
10Whiskey Clone
11Collapse of New Buildings
13Character Recognition
14Tokyo Chapter
17The Walls of Fame
18The Otaku
20Monkey Boxing
21Standover Man
22Gomi Boy
23Here at the Western World
24Hotel Di
35The Testbed of Futurity
37Work Experience
40The Business
41Candlelight and Tears
42Checking Out
43Toecutters Breakfast
44La Purissima
46Fables of the Reconstruction

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William Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula Award in 1984. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count ZeroMona Lisa Overdrive, Burning ChromeVirtual LightIdoruAll Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern RecognitionSpook CountryZero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.

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