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Zero History by William Gibson
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Mar 14, 12

Read in March, 2012

I picked this up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by this one until about the last 100 pages. After three-fourths of the book was devoted to character development and thought-provoking commentary on branding and marketing, the book shifted gears into an action thriller with fortuitous coincidences accumulating at such a rate your suspension of disbelief becomes stretched to the breaking point. I suppose since this was the last book in a loosely connected trilogy, character arcs had to reach some conclusion. It seemed forced, and a bit of a betrayal of the possibilities that were explored in the meatier middle section of the text.

Gibson's prose can be off-putting and for the first 25 pages or so I began to think he was deliberately attempting to tailor his book for a certain audience. The literary bloat subsides as the narrative gains steam. The book is worth the time for the issues that are raised regarding a corporate/military driven future economy/culture, but the Mission Impossible ending diverts your attention from these matters to the detriment of the novel's potential impact.
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