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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
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Mar 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, 2010

Definitely the most accessible Gibson novel written up to this point in his bibliography - it lacks the complex density of Neuromancer and is pretty rooted in the here-and-now. Also unlike his previous novels, Pattern Recognition only follows one protagonist, Cayce Pollard, instead of jumping between several entwining storylines.

Gibson's portrayal of internet groups and internet friendships feels very authentic, especially when compared with fellow sci-fi author Cory Doctorow's. The mysterious footage clips in the novel remind me of a recent similar event from real life (see: iamamiwhoami).

The only downside is the ending, which feels fuzzy despite being completely forthcoming about the book's mysteries. But as I think about it, Gibson's endings are all pretty identical, aren't they?
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Reading Progress

March 17, 2010 – Shelved
March 22, 2010 – Shelved as: science-fiction
April 14, 2010 – Started Reading
April 23, 2010 –
page 43
April 24, 2010 –
page 137
April 25, 2010 –
page 247
April 25, 2010 –
page 288
April 26, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
April 26, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Jeffrey I liked it and on the strength of it bought Spook Country which sits forlorn on my bookshelf. Curious how you like that one.

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