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American Acropolis (Bridge #3)

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Colin Laney vive nascosto in una scatola di cartone nella metropolitana di Tokio, mentre la sua mente vaga libera per il cyberspazio. Sa che si sta avvicinando uno dei "momenti nodali" della storia, e qualcosa di grosso sta per accadere a San Francisco. Nella città californiana finiranno per intrecciarsi i destini di enigmatici e misteriosi personaggi: uomini grigi, ragazz...more
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Published January 1st 2002 by Arnoldo Mondadori (first published 1999)
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Rhodes Hileman
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...more
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...more
Tfitoby
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...more
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
Krom
Nov 23, 2008 Krom rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cyberpunk novels.
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Christopher
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...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
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
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...more
Colleen
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
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
Victor Gibson
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
mary
Another great Gibson book that I loved reading but am not entirely sure what exactly just happened.
Bjorn Blonk
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...more
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...more
Hannah
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James
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...more
Althea Ann
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...more
Joe Robles
Love this book! William Gibson writes some beautiful prose. The world he creates is utterly realistic. The book takes place in a near future world with technology that is easily recognizable. What I've always loved about Gibson is that his future worlds aren't crazy departures from reality, but, rather, take reality and go to logical evolutions. This book was written over a decade ago, and still seems like a vision of the future.

The tech that exists in this book, but not in reality, are things t...more
Johnny
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
Kat  Hooper
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...more
Mike
It's been a while since I read any Gibson. I'd always meant to finish this trilogy but could never find the last book. I picked it up to take a break from something else I'm reading. I've always enjoyed Gibson's narrative style, the neat visuals (what he calls 'eye pops') and his "big ideas" that many good SF stories have. The Bridge trilogy, and this book in particular, reads like good detective fiction in a lot of ways. It's fast paced and only slows down enough to give you enough details to g...more
Fred Warren
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...more
Kevin
Review – All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson

Articles about William Gibson usually talk about his weird ability to predict the future. I’m going to stay true to that form here, because one of the joys of reading old science fiction – not that All Tomorrow’s Parties, published in 1999, is really that old yet – is picking out what it was right or wrong about.

Anyway, to the list of things Gibson has envisioned before they existed, we can now add the Facebook. The flight of two of the book’s pro...more
Joey Brockert
“All Tomorrow's Parties” by William Gibson, © 1999

A very odd story. There are shifts of location that sort of take you by surprise and then there are the trips through a computer land. Eventually you understand that this is a future world. It is an odd jumble of events that create the interest.
At first there is the odd character, Laney, who talks crazy and lives in a cardboard box near a commuter train station, yet is believed by Yamazaki, for some unknown reason, and you find yourself wanting t...more
Matthew
It's been a while since I picked up a Gibson book. I go through phases where certain themes get my attention and eventually my attention falls back to Gibson.

When I picked up All Tomorrow's Parties, I didn't realize it was in the same world as Idoru. And I'll have to dust off a bookshelf to find Virtual Light somewhere. Like most, if not all (I'm going on memory here), of his work, there's a handful of threads that rotate focus per each chapter. Where in other books I seem to remember those thre...more
Martin Fossum
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
Derek
This is a Gibson story that has slipped through the cracks of my bookshelf for far too long. However now that I've read it, I'll put it back in those cracks. It's a story set in the same universe as "Idoru" and "Virtual Light" (maybe more?), with character crossovers and clever little tie-ins between books. And certainly Gibson excels at creating the world of tomorrow, building on the grungy future of Blade Runner (to name a prominent example) with things like a makeshift community built on an a...more
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