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Agency

(The Peripheral #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In William Gibson's first novel since 2014's New York Times bestselling The Peripheral, a gifted "app-whisperer" is hired by a mysterious San Francisco start-up and finds herself in contact with a unique and surprisingly combat-savvy AI.
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Berkley
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Andrea
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2019, fiction
Long time Gibson fan, but not so sure about this one. The beginning is incredibly confusing - too many strangely named characters, time shifting in alternating chapters and bizarrely named new inventions and words. It takes sheer will to plod on until the two timeframes mesh and you start to understand what the story is about. Once there, the second half of the book is an enjoyable romp. However, it ends rather abruptly. The ending chapters unsuccessfully attempt to tidy up loose ends, but are ...more
Nadine Jones
Goodreads shows a Sept 3, 2019 release, but the library shows January 21, 2020. Was this book released on Sept 3 IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE?????
unknown
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as complex as the first, but a hell of a lot more fun to read. The ending is a bright burst of optimism... until you realize it’s basically literally just wish fulfillment. Dark.

Always good to end on a crude joke though.
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agency, William Gibson’s latest book inhabits the same universe as The Peripheral, his last novel which came out in 2014. It’s a long time between drinks, but you don’t have to have read that book to make sense of this one (I had indeed pretty much forgotten everything - a talent of mine that enables me to re-read books often with no spoilers).

The first half of Agency introduces a number of characters across a world set in the present time (albeit an alternate history) and a future world (which
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Joe
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The preceding book, The Peripheral, has been a favorite recommendation since it came out in 2014. This sequel is good, though not quite as good as its predecessor. I think it suffers from two things:
In a book titled Agency, the protagonist Verity seems to have very little of it. She spends the whole book being sent from place to place.
Eunice is interesting but largely absent for large chunks of the story.

Those critiques aside, I would still recommend this book to fans of The Peripheral, and I
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Cheryl DeFranceschi
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was everything I wanted it to be! I was completely ensorceled by the writing and the pacing. Also, I cannot think of anyone who sees the future more clearly. Thank you to Berkley Books for the chance to read this one early. I’ve been waiting for it forever, as it kept getting pushed forward. But, reading it now, I can see how Mr. Gibson availed himself of the opportunity to make it just that much more awesome!
Emma
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The man has outdone himself. This is a hell of a ride: dense, rich, hilarious, and—less surprising to readers familiar with the Bigend trilogy as well as The Peripheral than to those who stopped at the Bridge trilogy or, heck, after Neuromancer—at its core, a love letter to humanity, in all its fuckedness.
Matthew Fitzgerald
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
If you're a William Gibson fan, or even the remotest fan of The Peripheral, ignore the stars on this review and just read it. You will thoroughly dig it, even if this feels more like an expansion pack of a novel, a Peripheral 1.5, than a true sequel to that book. For what it's worth, I think The Peripheral is Gibson's best and most inventive book yet. Fight me, Pattern Recognition fans.

Gibson's spare, barb-wire prose is in full effect here, for good and ill. I find the writing at times too trim
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mylogicisfuzzy
Long time fan of William Gibson, I’d been eagerly anticipating publication of Agency in January and was thrilled to receive an advance copy of it from Netgalley and the publisher.

Agency starts in typical Gibson way, fast pace, lots happening, new concepts that will have you scratching your head for an explanation, multiple points of view. This is one of the reasons I love Gibson books, they are challenging, prophetic, speculative and highly enjoyable (even when you’re scratching your head). It’s
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Kelly Spoer
I've been waiting to read this book since Gibson announced he was writing it.

I literally just finished the got i got from netgalley, and I'm not 100% sold on it.

The book alternates between two timelines/alternative universes/past/future, and it takes a bit for the story to get rolling. Or, more specifically, the story to feel more Gibson-esqe.

I wanted this to be darker. I wanted this to be longer. I want to know who Lowbeer is and HER world. I don't particularly care about Veritiy, and as the
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Donna Hines
That moment when you receive an 'Exclusive Look' but can only base an entire review on 15 pages...So here is my take on it all.
This is the 2nd book in The Peripheral in which science fiction and dystopia based on current events.
The language utilized was a 'huge' turnoff for me especially when it does nothing for the plot nor adds strength to the characters actions.
Verity Jane is our gifted app whisperer who takes on a job as a beta tester as a new digital assistant.
Meanwhile, Eunice is our AI
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Jo Sé
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Was given a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I approached this book with low expectations as I've never been able to penetrate Gibson's prose, for all it's praise I could make no sense of Nuromancer, to the point that I couldn't even see his apparent mention of the internet ahead of time. Agency for me suffers from the same problem, I get the impression with Gibson that he finds more importance that his sentences look and sound aesthetically beautiful because of his
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Frank
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this eagerly awaited follow-up to The Peripheral. Not a direct sequel, but in the same narrative universe, Agency is Gibson's response to the current state of our timeline. It's ultimately an optimistic book, as I think most of his works are, placing hope in the power of good people using technology to better the world (or at least combat those with different aims). He's as smart and hip as ever. The story could be a little tighter which would make the ...more
Paul Sparks
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read any of William Gibson’s books before and I was very impressed by this book so I will be rectifying that soonest, this is thought provoking science fiction with good drama and story telling with characters you invest in and care about
Vilde
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Read through netgalley.com
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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
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