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ISBN13: 9780425158647
ISBN10: 0425158640
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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 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. And, whatever else may be true, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger.

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"[V]ivid, slangy prose ... flashes of acerbic wit and some solid characterization." New York Times

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"He has tapped straight into our collective cultural mainline..." Spin

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Set in futuristic Tokyo, rebuilt after an earthquake, this is the story of a rock star who decides to marry a non-existent, virtual reality girl; the bemused American security consultant who has been sent to take care of him; and a teenage fan.

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Twenty-first century Tokyo. Rez, one of the world's biggest rock stars, is about to marry Rei Toei, Japan's biggest media star. The only problem is, Rei Toei — the "Idoru" — exists only in virtual reality.

About the Author

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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themoshiach85, December 4, 2006 (view all comments by themoshiach85)
I really enjoyed this book; I thought it was extremely well crafted and it kept me on the edge the whole time. Gibson's writing style is a bit hard to get into at first, but it is well worth the time and effort. Once I got into it, I found it impossible to get out again. His whole concept of a rock star who wants to marry someone who does not exist anywhere but in a virtual reality is one of the most creative ideas I have ever heard. How do we deal with the increasing prevalence of technology in our everyday lives? Will we, too, come to believe in icons who have no basis whatsoever in reality? This book really questions our connection to technology and the ways in which it interacts with the real world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425158647
Author:
Gibson, William
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Virtual Reality
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.75x4.18x1.12 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Set in futuristic Tokyo, rebuilt after an earthquake, this is the story of a rock star who decides to marry a non-existent, virtual reality girl; the bemused American security consultant who has been sent to take care of him; and a teenage fan.
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