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Zero History by William Gibson
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May 01, 11

Read in May, 2011


WG carries the momentum of Spook Country with the majority of SC's cast of characters, as well as a few players from Pattern Recognition set. Because of that carry-over, there is a tangible payoff for having read the first of the three as it is required to solve a chunk of the mystery, but still good either way.

I absolutely fell in love with Milgrim on this go-round. Gibson has this minimalist - yet eloquent - way of rendering details that makes him (M) both innocent and appropriately worldly as he becomes the fulcrum of action which I would not have predicted at the outset. He is somewhat unable to anticipate his own behavior, so part of the fun is in following Milgrim as he unearths his post-addictive self in the face of danger, and how he interacts with Hubertus Bigend and the band of crazy that tends to follow him.

One thing - as with Gibson's other books in this set, the climb is slow with the climax not quite matching the build up; but the conclusion wraps up nicely enough if a) you don't take the last chapter to heart and b) you believe that Gibson is really done with Bigend.

I remain unconvinced on that last point, but I guess we'll see :)

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