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Whats your favorite Cyberpunk books?

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I'm always looking for new reading, I'm currently on Count Zero.

My favorites are:

SnowCrash Amazon

Daemon/Freedom Amazon

Neuromancer Amazon

I also liked the Takeshi Kovacs series. Amazon

What about you guys?

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No one?

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Anything by William Gibson or Pat Cadigan

A lot of Cyberpunk themes in the works of PKD - esp. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner)

Manga like Akira, Battle Angel Alita and Ghost in the Shell

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i can honestly say i do not believe i have ever read a "cyberpunk" genre book before. And i read anywhere between 15 to 20 books a year.

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Time to broaden your selections. May I (strongly) recommend William Gibson's Neuromancer as a jumping off point? Classic.

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I'm always looking for new reading, I'm currently on Count Zero.

My favorites are:

SnowCrash Amazon

Daemon/Freedom Amazon

Neuromancer Amazon

I also liked the Takeshi Kovacs series. Amazon

What about you guys?

I find it funny that you would point out Snow Crash but not mention Cryptonomicon. That was a much better, though extremely long, story.

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Snowcrash and Peter F. Hamiltons Mandel Trilogy, which should count as cyberpunk. except for those and I think Neuromancer(I think I read it) I don't think I've read much cyberpunk despite being a fan, mostly more SciFi stuff.

Big Shadowrun fan though, even though I have no one to game with :)

oh yeah, the NetForce books by Tom Clancy, including the netForce explorers. not quite cyberpunk but sort of. been a while since I read them though. and I prefer SnowCrash and Mandel way above them but

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Great suggestion, but at 900+ pages I classify Cryptonomicon as a 'vacation book' ;)

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'm always looking for new books to read.

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Great suggestion, but at 900+ pages I classify Cryptonomicon as a 'vacation book' ;)

900... that's like a weekend book or something.

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900... that's like a weekend book or something.

You have 6 day weekends?

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Great suggestion, but at 900+ pages I classify Cryptonomicon as a 'vacation book' ;)

I suppose you meant summer vacation type of book. But I highly recommend finding the time to read it.

Another book that I thought was good was The Diamond Age also by Neal Stephenson.

Also, the Shadowrun books also have some great cyberpunk elements to them.

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Incarceron. Not a "favorite" per se, but good enough to enjoy. It's by Catherine Fisher, and you've probably never heard of it before. So go read it!

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The gun seller by hugh laurie this book was best it had witty jokes and intricacy of robert ludlum's novels by the way I recommend picking up whole lot of robert ludlum novels.

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Bump over one genre to Steampunk. Boneshaker is a great start.

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Agreed!

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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

and

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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Another big fan of William Gibson here. I've been hooked since I read Neuromancer way back when and haven't looked back. Idoru was absolutely fantastic and would make for great movie. He is a true genius when it comes to blending the here and now with the future into a place that is completely familiar and at the same time fantastical.

I'd also suggest looking at Tom Cool's Secret Realms. War-simulation / virtual reality meets science-fiction with cyberpunk-ish overtones. Not a bad read at all.

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I'll just echo what others have said - Gibsons books are referenced regularly for a reason. Though personally his last three books, aren't as good [imo]. With regards Neal Stephenson - start off with something like, like Snow Crash, then if you like it, move onto his other books. His latest - Reamde, comes out soon and ... Yeah, it's interesting ;)

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I personally think Neuromancer was the only shining star of Gibson's career. The rest are ok, but Neuromancer is great.

Also look for:

Hardwired - Walter Jon Williams (most of his books are good)

Anything by Bruce Sterling

For Steampunk: you can't read it unless you've ready The Difference Engine by Gibson/Sterling

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