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.
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