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)
According to my hard drive based music player designed by a major computer manufacturer that I have cleverly sandblasted the logo off of, I have only experienced 19:52 of this book. In that time I have swapped back to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester several times cause I was so bored and annoyed with the blase pretention of the main character. I will rephrase that last sentance, I found a British guy explaining plate tectonics more riviting than the "simple prose" of this book. Beyond the slow continental drift of the plot and nerotic attention to describing every detail of everything in every scene, this book offers very little in the way action. If you are trying to decide to d/l this book, first read at least two pages of the reviews and see who you identify with most. If you are looking for bleading edge cyberdrama this is not it, more like cyberpunk for AOLers. One high point I did enjoy so far is the way the main character gets hives from seeing Tommy Hilfinger products.
It was extremely difficult to listen to this book. The plot was very slow and as other reviewers have stated, too detailed and wordy, to the extreme it gets really annoying. The narrator's style doesn't help either. She doesn't seem to be successful in catching the listener's attention with the tone of her voice. I'll avoid this narrator in the future.
I've read books by Gibson and other cyberpunk fiction authors and enjoyed them. Unfortunately I found Pattern Recognition to be unpleasantly wordy and shallow. That said, I only slogged through the first hour of it, and another reviewer has indicated it improves to 'fair and middling' later on. I'm posting this review as a cautionary note, as I've been delighted with every other Audible purchase I've made.
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.
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