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
Hollis Henry, former lead singer of The Curfew turned journalist for Node, finds herself embroiled in a mystery --care of Hubertus Bigend and Blue Ant -- that jumps from L.A. to Vancouver. She's on the...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
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
Part of the problem was that it's a multi-POV book with short chapters switching between a very different c...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
At any rate, "Spook Country" isn't a novel of the near-future, but the here-and-now, and, honestly, it's everything...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
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
Perhaps this feeling I have comes a lot from the way I approach this book. By this I mean my cultural milieu. I approached it from the point of view of a ‘young Australian’. It felt like there were so many things in this book I could simply not relate to. My youth made the language s...more
La trama è debole e i colpi di scena non sono altro che espedienti narrativi per tenere in piadi la storia.
Gibson ci ha abituato meglio.
From the first word, we meet Hollis Henry. Former alt-rock frontwoman, freelance journalist, and as she soon discovers newly-minted investigator for viral marketing firm Blue Ant and its eccentric micro-manager owner Hubertus Bige...more
Yet, even as a techno-spy-thriller it is average. The shifting narratives whic...more
I enjoyed this selection, the three plots just pulled me along and I looked forward to all of the main characters, which often is not the case in a multi-plot book. Each one had their own nuance that I didn't mind bouncing be...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
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
"Sideways" probably doesn't make sense, but the tale is interwoven and intricate. The vignettes of...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