Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.
©2003 William Gibson; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.
"With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place and the often chaotic sense of disorientation experienced while globe hopping." (Booklist)
"William Gibson's new novel is so good it defies all the usual superlatives." (Seattle Times)
"Gibson's ability to hit the sweet spot of cutting-edge culture is uncanny." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Elegant, entrancing." (The New York Times Book Review)
Gibson has always been ahead of his time. His ability of combining philosophy, current trends, technology and the near future is unparalleled. Pattern Recognition is no exception. Tips to know if you'll enjoy this book:
- if you've thought about the relationship of advertising to self, you'll enjoy this
- if the names Baudrillard or Derrida ring some kind of bell, you may enjoy this book
- if you've though of the ways in which identity, globalism and branding link into each other, you may appreciate this book
- if you have a sense of why people might choose a Mac over Windows, Beta over VHS, RealPlayer over Windows Media, you may very well vibe with this book
- if you don't mind being thrust into dialog that assumes a lot of cultural opcultural knowledge, you'll enjoy this.
My 1st William Gibson novel, and probably my last. Boring...
Main character was much too introspective. Very little action. How anyone would consider this 'a thriller' escapes me. The 'conspiracy' simply wasn't...
I found myself hoping it would end. I only finished it because I had wasted an audible.com book credit on it.
Sorry, Mr. Gibson.
Enjoy the adventure
The idea that someone can take a quick glance at my clothes and totally understand me is scary. I generally give little thought about my clothes. Well, except I hope no one will see the purple smudge. While listening to Pattern Recognition, I found myself running to my room to change clothes.
This is my third attempt to get interested in this book. It's just too slow. It also tries to be unnecessarily wordy to my great annoyance.
I thought this book would be much better than it turned out to be. I enjoyed Gibson's first book but this seems too contrived. Character development is weak and the plot is unremarkable. I would not recommend this book.
Unlike some of the other reviewers to have given this one a single star, I stuck with the book, hoping that something would eventually develop. With about an hour left I started simply wishing for a twist or a shock. Nothing.
The mystery at the core of this story never materializes. Rather than sinister or mysterious, the solution turns out to be as blase as could have been imagined. The same with the question of the main character's missing father - tangentially referenced for hours but never participating in the story. Even the "cyber punk" seemed tedious and uninteresting.
In the end it seemed like this story was more transcribed diary entries than anything else, complete with all the boring bits that happen to you and me. If you like that sort of thing, a meandering story that leads nowhere, knock yourself out. I will not be recommending this one, however.
I've been a Gibson fan for years and once I got into this one it was very good. Gibson has an excellent command of language and a great eye for culture in mid-flux.
However, the choice of narrator is disappointing. Deadpan is fine for this novel, but she just sounds harsh, grating, and bored at times. The first three or four times I tried listening to this title I quit after a minute or two because the narration just couldn't hold my interest long enough for the story itself to take hold. Even Gibson himself is a much better narrator (if you've ever listened to Neuromancer) but I doubt many in the audiobook industry would agree.
This piece isn't really science fiction, though it is certainly high-tech stuff. But most of it actually could happen today. And the present-tense narration is smart and witty and moves along at just the right pace for a high-tech noir piece.
Sure, this isn't a Dirk Pitt novel or anything - here you will find depth and character and mystery that isn't always solved. You will find corporate marketing as a potentially evil force and that not everything on this earth is as one-dimensional as Danielle Steele.
Gibson is at the top of his game and provides a story more readable than his genre-defining Neuromancer. Great read, great narration, A+!
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