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All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,367 Ratings  ·  297 Reviews
The flow of information is about to be disrupted. Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Tokyo. His body shakes with fever dreams, but his mind roams free as always, and he knows something is about to happen. Not in Tokyo; he will not see this thing himself. Something is about to happen in San Fr ...more
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Published February 4th 2003 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published 1999)
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Tfitoby
Mar 06, 2012 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
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Krzysztof
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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
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
Althea Ann
Sep 25, 2013 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
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Kat  Hooper
Feb 07, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Krom
Nov 23, 2008 Krom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cyberpunk novels.
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Christopher
Oct 31, 2013 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Ehsan Knopf
Jan 09, 2016 Ehsan Knopf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters and plot lines introduced in Virtual Light and Idoru at last converge and culminate in All Tomorrow's Parties. Unsurprisingly, much of the novel's plot plays out at the site of the first novel (the colonised San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge). Unlike the previous novels, All Tomorrow's Parties puts world-building largely aside, concentrating instead on tying up all previously introduced narrative threads. *SPOILER ALERT* The ending proves rather inconclusive (a holographic idol cyber-e ...more
Xavi Aznar
Gibson escribe de manera magistral esta tercera parte de la trilogía. Reaparecen personajes como Chevette, Laney, Rydell, Yamazaki... Y el puente como telón de fondo de sus historias.

Gibson utiliza su estilo preciso y cortante para escribir una historia que pone punto final a la trilogía. Un final que permitiría seguir adelante, explorando la vida de los cualquiera de los personajes del libro.

Gibson crea un universo que tiene consistencia propia; no es difícil imaginar la vida de los personajes
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Kelly O'Dowd
"The past is past, the future unformed."

"Something at once noun and verb.
While Laney, plunging, eyes wide against the pressure of information knows himself to be merely adjectival...."

"Is a world within the world, and, if there be such places between the things of the world, places built in the gaps, then surely there are things there, and places between them, and things in those places too."

"All his life Laney has heard talk of the death of history, but confronted with the literal shape of all
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James
Nov 02, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I goofed, and as a result, I'm reading the Bridge Trilogy out of order.

I'll post an overall review of the trilogy after I finish it. In the meantime, a few comments.

First, I really like Gibson. Few authors pack as many ideas into a short book as he does. But a few things about his style put me off.

He freely and randomly changes tenses between present and past, to no apparent purpose. I don't know if that was the primary reason, but in this book I kept getting reminders that the action was all co
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Leonardo Etcheto
Probably the weakest in the series. All the fan favorite characters return, but this time there does not seem to be much point to anything they are doing. They don't know themselves, and Blackwell doesn't show up until the very end in a cameo unfortunately. The reveal of the big change the world moment left me going huh? Yes, you now have nano-construction of items from the web, but that Idoru's big thing is to make x copies of herself and walk out into the world and end the story there is stran ...more
Jason
Aug 08, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
There is a tendency in these kinds of books, which Gibson is prone to, to end everything on a happy note. He did this with each of the books in this series in a way that felt like it wouldn't last. What is wonderful here is that it hadn't. What a smart move! Don't worry, though, this book will end on a saccharine happy note that feels like it won't last. Oh, William.

Picking up after the events of Idoru, the main characters are, however, those from Virtual Light, and they make their way back to t
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Luke
May 18, 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
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Colleen
May 12, 2014 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dystopic future where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is closed and has become an town of shacks and shops for squatters. Most people are connected across the world by computer network. One participant, Laney, is the last living of his group of orphans who took a mind enhancing drug that enables him to sense future events well enough to predict who, when, and where they will occur. He lives in a Tokoyo subway train station in a cardboard box with internet connection. He hires an ex-cop, Ryd ...more
Ryan Viergutz
I'm not sure how to describe this book. It was really, extraordinarily, bizarre, even for the notoriously weird Gibson. It seemed to be mostly about drifters in the midst of a really strange, tumultuous time, and as much as I liked it, it was... difficult to read, though I'm not sure of the reasons.

Maybe it just affected my subconscious so much that /I'm/ feeling indecisive. Though indecisive isn't the word I'd use for these people. Just barely having a purpose and drifting.

But beyond all that,
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JW
May 17, 2015 JW rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
If this is postcyberpunk, I don't think I like it. Too literary, and literature by definition is boring.

Unfortunately Gibson is still a propulsive writer so there was no desire to put it down, even as it got more and more frustrating, increasingly opaque and the deus ex machinas, or rather plot conveniences, piled up.

I don't know why Chevette was in this book. Worse than in Virtual Light, she exists solely to facilitate one plot point and motivate Rydell. Other than that you've got the street ki
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Greg Frederick
Nov 06, 2015 Greg Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never before this trilogy did I enjoy reading so much about almost nothing happening. I mean that in all seriousness. The further into his books I get, the more it hits me; "wow, nothing much has happened yet and I couldn't be enjoying myself more". His characters are drawn perfectly. His story lines are confusing and yet fluid, just like real life.

Not being much of one to tie things up in a nice bow, I find myself instantly missing these characters. There are also a number of loose ends, which
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John
The final novel in the three-novel Bridge series. Unusual for Gibson, about half of the central cast were major characters in previous volumes in this series, and this novel continues and concludes their story arcs. The story is told in very short chapters, each from a single character's point of view. The verb tense is unusual, and shifts back and forth between present and past, even within a single scene in a single character POV. I think Gibson was experimenting, but it all seems to work, and ...more
Paul
Nov 22, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Victor Gibson
Sep 04, 2014 Victor Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I whinged a bit when reviewing the second book of the bridge trilogy that there was almost no relationship between the first book and the second, but having read the third book I see that the characters from the first and second books get together in the narrative of the third. But does it work? Well, it is difficult to tell. The words spill off the page and we follow the protagonists back onto the bridge and it is enjoyable stuff with lots of action and confrontation between the villain, or vil ...more
Gemma Thomson
I was pleased to finally finish this trilogy after having read Idoru a number of times, but never actually read Rydell's part in these events.

It seems hard to judge All Tomorrow's Parties on its solo merits, given that it is a confluence of the previous two books, but the book definitely satisfies in its gradual build through quite a few key climaxes. The characters we've come to know from Virtual Light and Idoru are rather put through the wringer, and while it's still hard to actually like any
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Bjorn Blonk
Jan 19, 2013 Bjorn Blonk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, what is this? and still it all feels very familiar.
Lauren Brackenbury
I have been consuming Gibson in a strange and disjointed fashion over the past 3 years, picking up random books in his trilogies and reading them out of order. Maybe because I never stop thinking about Gibson's universe (!), this has not reduced my enjoyment of them in the slightest.

ATP follows Laney in the final stages of his drug-induced transformation, in which his uncanny nodal apprehension is perfected even as his body completely degenerates. Laney has sensed that a pivotal change is poised
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Luke Goldstein
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
Jim Pfluecke
My friends have been telling me for years how great Gibson is and, when I came across a free copy of this book, I let it sit on my shelf for 5 years before diving in a few weeks ago.

I was surpised by the low ratings on this site, but after 60 pages, I too was let down. Seemed to be a by the numbers sci-fi/cyberpunk book, even though it was written in 1999 and some of the ideas were certainly ahead of their time (although some seem antiquated or at least very familiar in 2010, such as wireless Ip
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