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The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association,
"And I finished it thinking, 'Oh my god, people are going to think this is a happy…moreIn an interview with Flavorwire, Gibson says (Not a Spoiler)
"And I finished it thinking, 'Oh my god, people are going to think this is a happy ending.' I’ve often been accused of gratuitously happy endings.
"What I think now is that the two final chapters comprise a litmus test for sociopolitical sophistication. If you think those characters have got it figured out, you haven’t looked at life deeply at all."(less)
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Thirty years ago Neuromancer by William Gibson was published. The award winning novel was a breath of fresh air for a genre that had become too inbred. The new science fiction writers were too like the granddaddies of the genre only paler in complexion and not as bone ...more
Publisher: So, I liked it. But … what was it about?
Publicist: It was great! It’s Gibson, it’s going to sell.
Publisher: I know, it’s Gibson, and it’s going to sell. But it was … a little hard to follow, you know? What was it about?
Publicist: You know, I’m interested to hear what you think it’s about.
Editor: O for God’s sake! It was about a lot of stuff, it’s Gibson after all –
Publicist: It’s going to sell –
Editor: - it was about time travel ...more
― William Gibson, The Peripheral
Gibson might not always be the most accurate futurist, but he's probably the glossiest, the most polished. I actually really dig Gibson. I don't think he's perfect. Sometimes his schtick gets worn a little thin, but I loved Neuromancer and really liked his Blue Ant series (Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History). 'The Peripheral' shares a similar aesthetic with the Blue Ant books, but jumps into ...more
Unfortunately, the second half of the novel grows ...more
Yes... but I just have to say, speaking of eras... WOO-HOO - William Gibson is back in the era of the definitely-pretty-far-in-the-future! Not that I didn't wholly love his recent books that were in the right-around-the-corner-future, but I felt like we were catching ...more
This book is very, very good.
There are ten thousand people out there right now writing critical exegeses of The Peripheral. There's a great ...more
The Peripheral offers another pleasure, that of Gibson trying something new. His recent brace of novels looked at the very near future, each following a normal linear path. His classic cyberpunk or Sprawl trilogy envisioned a medium-term future, also ...more
His earlier period was the one I was most interested in, ushering in the very term we use today, "Cyberpunk", with equal amounts Noir ...more
My first difficulty with the book was the overdose of concept. Certainly Gibson would have wanted his futuristic novel to have a certain degree of jargon and new technical terms (and no-one wants to bog their book down ...more
This tale told in two timelines takes place in futures that are human and horribly, wonderfully, grimly liveable. In one, phone games, 3d printed drugs, and technologically messed up soldiers paint a bleakly recognisable future. In the other, the apocalypse has happened and instead of Mad Max it's ...more
Replace chicken parma with "book with a near future settings where some rich people with inscrutable motivations do something via, then for, then ulitmately via some spud from the lower social strata which boils down to one pivotal moment of agency ...more
Audio book: I really didn't like Lorelei King at the start. But she grew on me. I'm not sure if she got better as the book went on, or I just needed some distance from my previous book. She's clear and easy to hear. She did a few voices, but they weren't very memorable to me.
I will say I started off pretty confused. I'm not sure if that would have been solved with some rereading of the early chapters, or if I just ...more
It took me few chapters to click with this. I'm not sure, but I think its because Gibson's deep-end, figure-it-out-as-you-go narrative style works better with plots that aren't all that scientifically intricate. When added to some brain-stretching scientific paradoxes, his style can lead to some slow processing.
But by the first third, I was totally in sync. And by the end I was eager for a showdown.
Which is to say that I really enjoyed this book. THE PERIPHERALS is very much character driven and some how, without paragraph after paragraph of descriptions and explanations, he creates a ...more
In a year that has seen an ample abundance of more or less routine dystopian near future speculative fiction novels – of which the least admirable was a highly touted debut novel about “word viruses” – William Gibson’s “The Peripheral” is an exceptional bit of literary fresh air. It represents the long overdue return of not only one of speculative fiction’s most important intellectuals, but also, one of the most ...more
Things I liked:
-The protagonist, Flynne, is awesome. Just generally a kickass straightforward independent woman. Gibson writes women really well, in my opinion, and this book is no exception.
-The plot is exciting and makes you want to keep going to figure out what the hell is going on.
-as with all Gibson books, the glory is in the details. There was obviously a ton of thought put in to fleshing out a believable and intricate alternate world. ...more
The beginning of the story is set in the near future when using local 3D printing (sometimes with pirated printing ...more
I like several things about his future world—the one that contains Flynn and her brother Burton. Composting toilets are no longer unusual, and ...more
Gibson occupies an unusual place between literary fiction and the kinds of fantasy and sci-fi that use language as a minimal, transparent vehicle for fantasy. He has been read by any number of critics, including Fred Jameson, as a sign of postmodernism and the digital age; and he has been taken as a kind of cyberworld version of Nostradamus, full of predictions about our future. The implied author of "The Peripheral" is clearly engaged in both activities; the book is ...more
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL
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I like to think of myself as a HUGE Gibson fan. I was but a wee lad when Neuromancer came out, and I absorbed it as greedily as I did every issue of Omni. The ...more
William Gibson’s new novel—like the rest of his work—has something to contribute to the conversation. After working with the future in his early fictions, his settings drew steadily closer to the ...more
With this book though it seemed that Gibson has made some kind of return to genuine science fiction, or toward his ...more
Although I was a huge fan of "cyberpunk" author William Gibson when younger, I must admit that I haven't read anything by him since 1996's Idoru, mostly because the four novels he's written since then have all been contemporary thrillers with little science-fiction in them, which is simply something I'm ...more
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies ...more