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Spook Country by William Gibson
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Mar 21, 08

bookshelves: dystopian-fiction, fiction
Recommended for: tech lovers and anthropologists
Read in March, 2008

Finally a return to form for Gibson after the disappointing (for me) Pattern Recognition. Having left behind the dark and dreary future of cyberpunk for the dark and dreary present of today, Gibson has retained his characteristic wit and his trademark ability to discern developing trends before they even appear on the horizon.

Characters in Gibson novels are normally searching for or developing the Edge, that fine line of innovation which will drive human thought and existence forward to new technological and intellectual levels. This is generally an amalgam of art, science and politics as embodied by several different characters that may or may not meet in the flesh, but who's actions have wide-ranging effects. Their movements are a lot like the proverbial butterfly flapping its wings in the rain forest and triggering a typhoon in Japan.

But while the characters and their basic actions are easily prescribed, there is still a good amount of chaos to wade through along with mind-expanding descriptions of the vast possibilities of human interaction with technology. From macabre "locative" art that allows an admirer to view the holographic body of a recently overdosed River Phoenix outside the Viper Room in LA to a Cuban crime family that communicates via text messages sent in Roman approximations of Cyrillic characters, Gibson has a strong idea of how technology is adapted to fit the needs of its users and vice versa.

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