I mean, what can you say? The book that presaged the internet age, was pivotal in the creation of the cyberpunk genre, and launched a thousand straight to cable movies. If, like me, you were an awkward kid in the early 1990s, trying to be cool while really being nerdy, you probably read, and fell in love with, this book. Rebel computer wiz takes down evil mega corporations with help from beautiful lady? Cat nip for a teenage science fiction fan. It’s been decades since I read this, but my foggy memories focus on the settings of future japan, the blade runner aesthetics of the place, and the noir-ish elements of the plot.
If science fiction is your thing, you’ve almost certainly read this one. If it isn’t, you might still might enjoy the ride.
Recommended for the enthusiast.