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Virtual Light by William Gibson
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Dec 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: cyberpunk, science-fiction

Gibson explores the possibilities of science fiction as now, and begins to do a few things. First, he begins to explore the possibilities of being a novelist in a larger, more classical sense, because he does in fact take himself pretty seriously as a writer. And secondly, he starts writing books that are only vaguely science fiction, and could pretty easily be mistaken for contemporary fiction.

The plot of the book jumps around at first. It's a bit confusing, but after a few chapters you get the hang of it, and kind of figure out what is going on. The use of technology in the book was surprisingly sparse, compared to many other cyberpunk novels. What I especially liked was Gibson's use of humor. It was thrown in, in all the right places, which really made the book more interesting.

Idoru, set in the same universe as Virtual Light, I'd say is slightly better, but Virtual Light shouldn't be missed. No Gibson fan should pass this up; anyone new to his work should start with Neuromancer and read Virtual Light next.

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