damn fine read was totally satisfied. gibson never lets me down.
I have read all of Gibson's SF, as well as Pattern Recognition, and every book has amazed me save this one. I found it hard to finish, and the incessant branding of everything was distracting and felt fetishistic and habitual in the writing rather than subversive and knowing like in Pattern Recognition.
I was most intrigued by Milgrim's story which seemed to me more like a short story stretched out over the course of the novel. The moments of narration closest to him when he is on Rize are the most transcendant parts of the book.
But on the whole I found that I didn't really care about what was going on. I wanted to be seduced by something-- be it a plot or an idea or a place and I was just left cold by it all.
“Relax, we’re the bad guys.”
He realized that they had just verbalized what he was trying not to say. It was like something that Poe would have written dialogue around. Then deleted from the final draft. If he were writing today. In the style of milfi. Minus the weaponry. Probably because CONUS was the bulls-eye. There were a few other authors who created stories from common news headlines. Or, if they were networked, keywords-of-interest. At least for pirate search. Makes you want to hyperlink the beginnings of chapters to a wiki. Characters as heavy as the author. An unofficial version was rumored to be site hopping under the radar. Decrypt: node.tumblr.com.
I found the beginning really slow, but that last 2/3rds of the book were extremely interesting and flew by. The only problem I has was that the ending was abrupt and seemed as if it it was intentionally left open, possibly for a followup? It was a bit disappointing..
I think this is a method of Gibson's story telling; what actually happening is held in a void, and the reader's only glimpse of it is through the witness accounts of the protagonists to the extent that they wish to be involved. Milgrim is a prisoner and wishes to run away from it. Tito is probably most closely involved but through his training and systema simply acts and seems otherwise disinterested in the bigger picture. Hollis is the only player in the cast that is actively trying to find out what is going on, but her involve is confined to the outside of the actual events, isn't truly aware of the bigger picture, but infers from what is going on by the information she is fed.