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Spook Country by William Gibson
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Jul 05, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, sort-of-sci-fi, literary-fiction

This book didn't age very well; the premise (that artists use GPS data to create virtual works of art only visible with the right technology) now seems unlikely and a little weird, given that the actual result of publically-available GPS tracking has been geocaching and comforting female voices directing you to your destination. I didn't care for the overarching conspiracy plot, which felt subordinated to the individual "quests" of the three POV characters, even though those storylines all fed into that plot. In the end, it was Gibson's ability as a writer of prose that kept me interested, as well as how the conspirators executed their act of terrorism/patriotism.

UPDATE: I just learned that this book is a sequel to Pattern Recognition, emphasis on "sequel." I thought it was the first book because it didn't seem to have the immediacy of its predecessor. More evidence in the "this didn't age well" column.
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message 1: by Ian (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ian I don't think his ideas about digital art tied to physical space was touting gps as the big technological advance. It's the idea that people grouped together with virtual technology (not yet available though coming soon with projects like the oculus rift) that is interesting, and has yet to happen. people were being led by comforting digital voices and going geocaching before the book was written, gps seemed to me as only a small part of futuristic imaginings.

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