Here's a concept within a concept, "cool-spotting," seeking trends and patterns in popular culture and technology, which is the job of the protagonist in this distant present-time tale, and some of the author's intent. We are all under the microscope for our digital habits, and Gibson's vision seems even more pertinent as the years pass since the writing.
Really interesting and engaging world of the near (now) future. Gibson is such a smart writer.
This book is as beautifully written as necromancer was insightful for its time.
I have been reading Gibson since the 80's, but I don't think I would have maked this is Sci Fi except that Gibson wrote it.
Pattern Recognition is as much about today as all good sci fi is, but its about now and set in the world of today (as opposed to some far future), This book explores the world of branding, corporate culture and the search for 'authenticity'. Its great and really offers a philosophical look at the world we live in and how that world is commodified and our ideas sold back to us.
I enjoyed this book. Don't be afraid that the ending will disappoint, because it won't.
Gibson did write a few passing to good books, long ago, but after Neuromancer, his stuff has been pure crud. Just another in that category.
Brilliant book about a woman with an unusual instinct for predicting cultural patterns and a charming distaste for the Michelin Man
Can't say enough good things about this book: great characters, great subplots, great writing... One of my favourite books of all time!
All of Gibson's books are more than a bit odd, but I had a very hard time finding the point of this one. However, the writing still makes the ride worthwhile.
If you can't get enough of Lizbeth Salander, try this book. The main character Cayce Pollard is the American twin of Salander - computer savvy, socially awkward and with a penchant for trouble. No blood here but a lot of suspenseful corporate intrigue. WeAreSpartacus/lascorpia
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