This audiobook is advertised as "unabridged," but I consider editing for un-pc language to be abridged. Disappointed in the recording. It is abridged, IMO.
William Gibson likes to say that all sci-fi is really about the present. His first three books (The "Sprawl Trilogy": Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) are set in a fairly distant future of cyberspace, AI and wetware while his most recent trilogy (The "Bridge" Trilogy": Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties) describes a more recent future of enhanced reality, virtual pop stars and nanotech.
Pattern Recognition occurs in the post-911 world of cool hunting, googling and garage Kubricks where the "future is already here, just not evenly distributed." I really love this book which is full of subtle jokes and mindgames. I have bought multiple copies for friends who may have not found Gibson's earlier works as accessible.
I was very excited when the audio book was finally available (there was even a cool fan audio blog that covered the first couple chapters that was fun in the interim). The audible version is very well-done and it is fun to finally hear this wonderful book in Shelly Frasier's sultry "Cayce"-ish voice. I highly recommend this book and it audio counterpart.
I have been a William Gibson fan for many years and this book bears out my faith in Gibson as an author. This book is a great story of modern man and his obsession with what he or she thinks is "cool". A story that goes to three different countries and examines them throught a post-9/11 lens, it draws you in with the amazing details and descriptions as only Gibson can. Part spy novel, part analysis of modern marketing and branding theory, part modern cyberspace adventure, but all Gibson.
I found this Pattern Recognition a can't-put-it-down thriller that was delightful in many respects. The blend of technical saavy and intrigue was seemless and enthralling. The characters were vivid and drew me in to their story. The plot was full of twists and surprizes. It left me looking for more of Gibson's work. A must read.
Though Gibson is well known for his science fiction novel Neuromancer, this would fit into the superior thriller category. Gibson's language is up-to-date -- it's the first novel I've seen with "google" used as a verb. The main character is a sort of appealing aesthetic freak who makes her living scoping out the fashion trends and untrends to come. The book is beautifully read. I was particularly interested when the scene changes to Moscow, where I recently spent a few years. Gibson's portrayal is funny and accurate, though unless my ears misled me he refers to a character paying for a Metro ride with a token, and I never saw a token the whole time I was there, though I rode the Metro daily. They use cards now.
This book would particularly appeal to those who like books that reflect the language of today; another one in this vein is sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, who also has excellent books in Audible format.
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Gibson's usual moody world invention + the contemporary world + wonderful girl geek character == must listen!
One of the best "cyber punk" novels out recently.
While this was a fantastic book, I have to give recognition to Shelly Frasier. Her narration was perfectly matched to Cayce Pollards character; intelligent and engaging. I am listening to "Spook Country" and countless times I wish Ms. Frasier was reading it.
I find it fascinating how this book divides people. After listening to it, I can definitely see why many would label it boring. But it really goes to show you different reasons for reading certain books. If you are expecting a "beach read"-paced thriller, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in a lilting, introspective work which weaves a quiet spell of language and mystery, please give it a try. Somehow the combination of conspiracy, the contemporary setting, a poetic sensibility, and the narrators wonderfully soothing voice all blended to make this book beyond the sum of its parts. I loved it and miss it now that it is over.
I had no idea what this book would be about, but assumed it would be set in the not-too-distant future as many of his past works. But no, it is pretty much set in the present. But what a look! It was refreshing to read a story by a master of the language, one capable of evoking real emotion, subtle thought, and interesting plot twists together into an intriguing book. Of all the stories I've downloaded from Audible, this was one of the most enjoyable listens I've had.
I also have an allergic reaction to Tommy, so I related well to Case.
Everything about this book I loved, the concepts and feelings that Case feels are real ones while the setting is fun and interesting. This is not a typical Gibson book, there is no cyberpunks here, just interesting characters in interesting situations.
Now where can I find the next piece of the footage?