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Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
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Feb 06, 12

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It's always interesting to use non-fiction pieces to get a better overall impression of a writer, and Distrust That Particular Flavor certainly did that, although I'm not sure it's a positive impression that's created here.

Gibson so often reverts back to familiar language (Borgesian, Lovecraftian, node, to name a few) that it not only reduces that impact of his ideas and opinions here, but negatively effects your view of his novels - they're changed from startlingly original to startlingly derivative of his own style.

Still, the collection has some real gems by the most forward thinking writer of the last three decades.
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