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Zero History by William Gibson
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Sep 01, 2011

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Read from August 23 to 31, 2011

This third Blue Ant novel starts the same way the first two did: with punchy, unconventional prose that is very creative, but difficult to immerse oneself into. This is not a great way to start a book, and nor is Gibson's oversupply of descriptive detail, but after a couple chapters I got into the flow and felt that his prose really worked for most of the story. Gibson has a great sense of humor and knows a lot about his settings and subjects. In particular I loved all of the London details, which were spot on.

There was a point in the middle of Zero History where I thought about GoodReads, and about what my rating would be, and I was pretty sure it would be four stars. The middle really is entertaining, and both Hollis and Milgrim are great characters to follow. But as the end drags on, and a mildly exciting conclusion (which was often difficult to follow) happens instead of the really exciting conclusion I'd hoped for, I realized that I merely liked this book.

I'm impressed that Gibson can tackle a subject like "we don't know what mysterious person makes these trendy jeans" and keep me interested for most of a novel. I just wish the openings of his newest novels were more accessible more quickly, and that the conclusions lived up to their promise.

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