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Virtual Light by William Gibson
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Aug 17, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi, world_builders
Recommended for: Gibson Fans, Cyberpunk Enthusiasts
Read in January, 1995

While many others tout the Neuromancer based books (Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive), I must admit this novel is a strong beginning for his next trilogy (though better followups with Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties could have been better). The story is solid though the ending comes quickly and resolves on a flat note. However, the range of characters and the concepts presented make up for this to a large degree, from Barry, a down on his luck rent-a-cop, to his hypochondriac, hyper-allergenic partner, Sublett. Add to this a courrier messenger in over her head, a psychotic killer, a man named Warbaby and the concept of nano engineered buildings to reconstruct earthquake zones, and you have a very strange cyberpunk piece indeed. Go ahead and have a peek if you want a good one off, though the storie does continue in two further books in a strange, non-linear way.
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