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All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  12,538 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
Although Colin Laney (from Gibson's earlier novel Idoru) lives in a cardboard box, he has the power to change the world. Thanks to an experimental drug that he received during his youth, Colin can see "nodal points" in the vast streams of data that make up the worldwide computer network. Nodal points are rare but significant events in history that forever change society, e ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Berkley (first published 1999)
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May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A fabulously satisfying end to Gibson's Bridge trilogy and of the four Gibson novels I've read to date, the most enjoyable to read.

I think I knew the moment we are introduced to the character of Silencio that between the publication of Virtual Light (a book I found difficult and stilted) and this third instalment William Gibson had stepped his game up to a new level, that the readability of Idoru wasn't just a fluke.

As I mentioned in my review of Virtual Light, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash made
Sep 07, 2012 Krzysztof rated it it was ok
After a good, if a bit inconsequential start with Virtual Light, and a much more inconsequential, but promising, Idoru, the Bridge Trilogy finishes with All Tomorrow's Parties... and what seemed like it's going somewhere - and going somewhere big - failed to meet my expectations...

If somebody wants to see the worst things about Gibson's writing, this book is where to look for them. Tens of characters, many of them feeling like useless, pointless filler (Creedmore or Boomzilla, anyone?). Recurrin
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gibson is just such a great writer. His imagery isn't distracting as one reads it, but has a way of transforming the most mundane things into the exotic and futuristic. His settings are often barely sci-fi - but the way he talks about them, they seem as if they are. Leads to philosophical musings about - it's all in how you look at the world....
'All Tomorrow's Parties' is a sequel to Virtual Light and Idoru, but works as a stand-alone as well. Not much actually happens in the book. It's more abo
Kristen Shaw
Slow to start and too quick to finish - the conclusion could have used some more development and clarity. The characters, as usual for Gibson, are really well drawn and make this worthy of four stars. What is most interesting here is the setting - the focus on the "interstitial" bridge area and its symbolic connection to post-industrial society and the effects of advanced capitalism and neo-liberalism on specific groups of the population.
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Ben Babcock
Whenever I need a dose of the future past, I turn to William Gibson. I’m catching up. Soon I’ll be able to read The Peripheral. But first we need to return to Northern California, circa sometime in the near future that never was. All Tomorrow’s Parties definitely has a conclusive feel to it. The Bridge trilogy has always felt somewhat laid-back in its connections across books—characters in common, vague references to events, but each book has been very much its own story. This has a lot to do wi ...more
Rhodes Hileman
Jan 29, 2012 Rhodes Hileman rated it really liked it
This is 'Future Noir'. That's what he does. Seems like he invented it. A crashing good read, but I came out wondering what happened.

Nice short chapters read as prose poems. Good book for waiting. For anything.

Leading the chapters with pronouns, without reference, keeps me puzzling for a while - "who's he talking about?" - sometimes I figure it out; sometimes I don't.

Colorful, greasy, mechy-techy, always a lower class view of world changing, and unclear, events. Cultural textures are true and
Nov 22, 2008 Krom rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cyberpunk novels.
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Kat  Hooper
Jan 17, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

When he was a child in an orphanage in Florida, Colin Laney participated in a research study in which he was given a drug that allows him to visualize and extract meaningful information from endless streams of internet data. Laney now has the ability to see nodal points in history — times and places where important changes are occurring. Even though he doesn’t recognize what the change will be, he “sees the shapes from which history emerges.”

Laney is now a
Dec 22, 2016 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
This book is different, I have never read anything like it. The world is like an extrapolation of our internet world, but yet different.
The story itself was good, short, enlightening and.. weird?
I think I need to read the other books to better understand this.
Anyhow, I would recommend it very much.
Oct 31, 2013 Christopher rated it did not like it
William Gibson's novel All Tomorrow’s Parties brings together characters from his novels Virtual Light and Idoru and places them into an apocalyptic event in San Francisco that is meant to mean a new beginning for the world.

The novel begins with the fact that Colin Laney has gone insane, the inevitable result of being used to test an experimental drug in a federal orphanage. He's living in a cardboard city in a Tokyo subway, living off stimulants and blue cough syrup, obsessed with an approachin
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
A sci-fi story about future homeless living on a now defunct Golden Gate Bridge and their survival skills. One of the bridge's inhabitants comes back home with a friend to shoot a documentary at the same time that a time conglomerate world-wide event that will shift life as we know it, is about to take place. This is being predicted by a mental man hiding in a cardboard box in the subways of Japan because as an orphaned boy he was chemically experimented on and the side effects give him powers t ...more
Ben Wilson
I... I've got something to admit. I love Law & Order, the long-running TV show. It's pretty much the same show over and over, but it's got guts and grit, archetype characters and grubby scenescapes. The pattern is familiar, but endlessly entertaining. Upon repeated viewings, characters deepen, the well-worn grooves become familiar, making the viewer all the more aware of differences. In many ways, it's like the best of serial comic fiction. The comfort of the canon, the excitement of the "tw ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Erik rated it liked it
A four star book that he couldnt finish properly and thus is a 3 star book.

Theres a lot to love here. Characters you have known and grown to love. The same mysterious interesting universe presented in Idoru and Virtual Light. Beautiful writing - Gibson definitely improved in his prose. Its still full of slang and stylistic grammar, but the flow is much better.

I loved the plot, the setting, etc, but the ending is too ambiguous and too fast. So much time was spent on characters like The Suit, whic
Sep 03, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
So, I always love William Gibson, but I don't now how I missed this one - I read the other two books in the Bridge trilogy, but missed this one. I love the idea of the Oakland Bay Bridge closed to traffic after an earthquake and becoming full of squatters in cardboard and plastic homes.
Jun 05, 2016 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a reread and better the second time through. As the bookjacket says. Gibson coined the term cyberspace and envisioned the Internet and virtual reality before either excited. Maybe a stretch but this 1999 book is still relevant today, a forecast of what might be.
Andy Turner
Mar 27, 2013 Andy Turner rated it really liked it
Typical of much of Gibson's work the story is engrossing and captivating even if the conclusion leaves something to be desired. never quite hitting the high notes of earlier books in the series but all the same its thematic and thought provoking.
Bjorn Blonk
Jan 14, 2013 Bjorn Blonk rated it really liked it
wow, what is this? and still it all feels very familiar.
Fred Warren
May 05, 2010 Fred Warren rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Inside a cardboard box in a Tokyo subway station, Colin Laney sees the end of the world.

Or, perhaps, the beginning.

What do a down-on-his-luck rent-a-cop, a sentient Artificial Intelligence construct, a wealthy power broker, a global chain of convenience stores, and a faceless assassin have in common? Not even Colin Laney knows for sure, but somehow, they’re all intimately connected to a turning point in human history–a massive paradigm shift that’s going to begin in San Francisco, and after it h
Nov 21, 2016 Nathansizemore rated it really liked it

I remembered this as one of Gibson's weakest books, but then I also remembered Idoru as being weak and enjoyed both. This one is very bridge-centric, so if you liked Chevette from Virtual Light or you really liked the idea of people living on the Golden Gate Bridge in that one, this is the book you should read. Many of Gibson's favorite ideas are present - a node hunter/cool hunter, little blimps/drones with cameras, AIs, war-era technology/clothing treated reverentially, an evil corporate
Feb 25, 2017 Hassan rated it it was ok
Shelves: cyberpunk
As someone who's a big fan of Gibson and especially the Sprawl series, this entire series and especially this volume were a disappointment for me. Normally I'm more than tolerant (enamored, perhaps) with Gibsonian gobbledigook, but this one was just too nonsensical and disjointed for me to enjoy. The highlight of the Bridge series is definitely volume one, where you develop some affinity (love) for Rydell & Chevette but #2 and #3 are just mediocre, periodically salvaged by Gibson's admittedl ...more
Mar 12, 2017 Ven rated it liked it
Recommended to Ven by: Megan
3* for the first half, 2* for the rest.
Nov 07, 2016 Richp rated it liked it
If one has the taste for this stuff this a fun story. But it is not more than that.
Todd Campbell
Feb 04, 2017 Todd Campbell rated it it was amazing
Luke Goldstein
Jul 31, 2011 Luke Goldstein rated it liked it
Timelines and parallel possibilities come together and break apart during each waking second of the day and every sleeping moment of the night. Little connections are being made everywhere that ripple and reverberate throughout society and sometimes, just sometimes, people find a way to get in front of the chaos wave, trying to direct it towards their own desired outcomes. So when telling a story like this it only makes sense to place most of it on a large, broken down bridge, as it leads in one ...more
Martin Fossum
Aug 16, 2011 Martin Fossum rated it liked it
This was the first Gibson book I've read, and I realized, late, that I've been reading the "bridge trilogy" out of sequence. This helped to explain why I was having such a difficulty in following the narrative. To be honest, I think I'm done with the "bridge trilogy" for now. After finishing this, the final book in the sequence, I don't have the energy to go back to the beginning. Now, hold on... I'm not done with Gibson, if that's what you were thinking. I'm merely done with this series. I have ...more
Ellioth Mess
Dec 27, 2016 Ellioth Mess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WIlliam Gibson no es un buen escritor. A William Gibson no se lo lee por el deleite de su prosa, sino por los escenarios que crea, por las ideas (ya) retrofuturistas que siguen alimentando el género que inventó. No importan los ex machina que uno pueda encontrar en este libro o la estética propia de un best seller que tiene ganas de terminar otra trilogía. Es un libro entretenido, recomendado a los fanáticos del Cyberpunk.
May 16, 2015 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not with a bang, but a whimper. That's how William Gibson's Bridge trilogy appears to end. The final novel is enjoyable, though it's shot through with frustration and missed opportunity.

The problem is that while characters reappear from across the previous two books, certain key characters are wasted, or used too sparingly. All we get of Blackwell is one unnamed appearance? Come on, guy. You can't create someone that memorable (not that Gibson created "Chopper" Read, but you know what I mean) a
Dec 09, 2008 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ah, cyberpunk! Norman Spinrad declared the genre to be dead in one of his Isaac Asimov’s Magazine of Science Fiction rants of the early 90s. To be sure, other authors have tried to go different directions as with the retro-subgenres known as “steampunk” and “dieselpunk.” Neither has reached any critical mass of acceptance, though both are still interesting to me as an individual reader. Indeed, even though the “noble Norman” hath said that cyberpunk is dead, one can still savor the Neal Stephens ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
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Bridge (3 books)
  • Virtual Light (Bridge, #1)
  • Idoru (Bridge #2)

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