Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Spook Country

Thanks to a lot of travel recently I've finally had a chance to get through another audio book. This time around it was Spook Country, William Gibson's follow-up to the brilliant Pattern Recognition. Sadly it doesn't quite live up to the promise of its predecessor.

In the novel, Gibson brings back Blue Ant, a black ops ad-agency that seeks out new trends in tech-savvy subcultures. This time around the focus is on an art movement combining GPS and CGI technologies with Heads up displays. And just like in the prior novel, Blue Ant operates through an unusual proxy, in this case a former rocker turned music journalist.

Gibson is an incredibly talented writer with a real talent for writing stories that take place on the razor edge of the future, and this book is no exception. However it does feel that he's treading much of the same ground that Pattern Recognition already did, but to a lesser effect.

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