Saturday, February 16, 2008

Last night I finished Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Gibson is best known for his cyberpunk trilogy, Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive but in recent years he has moved away from science fiction. Pattern Recognition is set in a the modern world, but at the same time feels fantastical.

The plot is a little difficult to describe but the main character is a consultant and "cool hunter" who gets involved in investigating some mysterious footage that is posted to the web. After his early novels, I felt that Gibson lost his way somewhat while trying to recapture some of cutting edge feeling of his early books and then in trying to get away from the cyberpunk genre he had created. In his newer books, he is finally successful at creating something separate and also interesting.

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