Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, a seminal work in the cyberpunk genre and the first winner of the science-fiction “triple crown” — the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson’s debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack.
– From Wikipedia
William Gibson’s Neuromancer is (as far as I’m aware) the only science fiction or fantasy book in my 2012 26 book challenge. It’s a startling shift from the primarily existential, introspective novels that have so far defined my year. I feel like, not only has the content shifted, but I’ve had to shift the way in which I receive the words, to accommodate its significantly different tone and outlook.
Have you ever read a book that’s broken from conventions or expectations (yours or, perhaps, its own) so much that you had to rethink your own reception of it?