Sunday, October 25, 2009

09.31 Spook Country by William Gibson

Spook Country (2007) by William Gibson
Hardcover, Putnam, 371 p.

Bill Gibson, once a top notch science fiction writer, continues his transformation into a writer of contemporary techno-thrillers. Like his last book, Pattern Recognition, this novel takes place in modern times.

Gibson weaves themes of contemporary art, cyber-security, classism and post-9/11 society into a multi-threaded story. Unfortunately, I am feeling more and more that he is taking interesting themes, ideas and imagery for his most recent novels and then trying to weave them all into some kind of coherent plot. The overall impression is underwhelming. I'd like to see Gibsone return to the genre of SF because I think that he has some cool perspectives on the future.

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