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"The Count of Zero"

It has been half a year since I read "Neuromancer", and I only just recently became interested in reading this book.

The book itself is not very long, it can probably be considered a novella? It can be read in a few hours. The translation is a bit bad, I even noticed a typo in the beginning, don't force me to learn English... The story has three parallel storylines, so it may be a bit confusing at first, but you can quickly understand it by accepting the development of the story as it is.

The first storyline that unfolds is about Turner, a hired gun who gets killed in New Delhi and is then resurrected by the Dutchman. He then accepts another job and enters the main storyline.

The second storyline is about Marly, who is humiliated in Paris for selling counterfeit goods, and is then hired by the wealthy Virek to find the maker of a wooden box collectible. This storyline is not closely related to the other two storylines, and it has some connection to "Neuromancer". It can be said to be a storyline that exists above the other two storylines, and it feels more like a revelation, a bit inexplicable...

The third storyline is about Count Zero, who uses the "One Day, Twice" program to hack into a database but almost gets killed. "The Virgin" saves him. He seeks out "Two-A-Day" to find out what happened, and thus enters the main plot. I don't think there is much description of Count Zero, with the three storylines running parallel, Count Zero only belongs to one of them. In this storyline, Count Zero is at most just a character who helps drive the plot along with other characters. I don't quite understand why the book is called "Count Zero" (which means Count Interrupted), maybe it's because they wanted to make the book sell well, so they gave it a more sci-fi name.

Halfway through, I had a feeling that everyone is a cog in a precision machine. This machine can be called the world, or it can be called fate. Personal will may not exist. There is no protagonist, everyone is a cog, driven by other cogs, together propelling the world/fate.

The author really likes to describe objects, making the items in the environment very clear. Some people call this "fetishizing objects" (laughs).

Compared to "Neuromancer", I personally prefer this book. The later plot of "Neuromancer" makes me want to skip it quickly: everything is revealed, but the story keeps going. It should be like this book, where everything is explained clearly and then it ends.

The centipede-like thing that heals wounds by sticking to the skin in "Count Zero" appears in "Blade Runner 2049", it turns out it originated from here.

Reading a novel is like entering another world, and we bring something back from that world based on our own experiences and knowledge. Looking forward to the next world, looking forward to what we bring back from the world.

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