Spook Country (Blue Ant #2)
Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that ma...more
Unfortunately, Spook Country does not rise to the level of its predecessor. The main problem, in...more
But the thing is, the characters just get thinner and thinner. It's intentional, I guess. He's trying to create new archetypes. But it make...more
But, more on the object-oriented aspec...more
At any rate, "Spook Country" isn't a novel of the near-future, but the here-and-now, and, honestly, it's everything...more
Gibson seems mostly concerned with how our (real) technologies are transforming us. His main character, Hollis Henry (love the strong female characters that are always present in Gibson's work), the lead singer of a defunct band from the '90s, who is now trying to make it as a journ...more
However, having just reread it in a more methodical manner, I have to reverse my initial opinion and declare my love for this book.
The usual, interesting cast of characters is...more
Spook Country starts out with an introduction to locative art. Using GPS and viewing glasses, the artist creates phantom art that can only be seen with the glasses. ( Ironically, I worked on a similar project a few years ago and wa...more
Gibson is great at taking cultural developments and following them throu...more
There's no way to know this, but I have this weird suspicion Gibson struggled writing this book. There's no strong idea behind it. The chapters (all very short) have a self-enclosed feel. Oddly, they all have chapter titles, which you don't see much these days. I'd get to the end of one a...more
at some point in the recent past, gibson decided that the life of the slightly ecce...more
But enough with the John Grisham. Please.
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Still in progress. William Gibson is my Rowling. I will drop whatever I am doing to read a new book by him.
I really liked this book a lot. Neuromanc...more
Did I mature? Or was Spook Country just less hot? I suppose I should develop some cogency about that question, but I'm too stunned for that yet. The book is good. Whatever kind of semi-science-fiction this is (I can't imagine the publishing world hasn't already devised some Ca...more
Like his 2003 novel Pattern Recognition, the canvas is the globalised 21st century, and as the title sugests, it is haunted by spooks -- people who lurk on the periphery, from spies to simulacra.
You don't read Gibson for his prose, which tends towar...more
William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" and foresaw the future of the Internet in his 1984 debut, Neuromancer. He once again explores nascent technologies and their impact on society in Spook Country, in which he confronts politics, mass media, and pop culture. Critics who praised Spook Country, a sequel of sorts to Pattern Recognition (2003), saw it as a chilling snapshot of a world gone mad, while those who expected a more conventional thriller were disappointed. Several panned the plot's...more
I liked the way it was written and enjoyed trying to figure out how all th...more
We are living in the future, tell you how I know:
I read it in the paper - Fifteen years ago
When William Gibson starts using the word "cyberspace" as a plot point, you sit up and take notice. And when he starts talking about virtual reality, dont' start shaking your head. Yeah, that stuff with the plastic helmets and the boxy graphics has seemed like a very old and useless party trick since back in the 90s. But what Gibson is aiming for he...more
Spook Country is an excellent exercise in style, and makes Gibson seem like a na...more
William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor...more