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Book Title: Spook Country|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 577 KB
v The author of the book: William Gibson
Edition: Putnam Adult
Date of issue: August 7th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780399154300
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Read full description of the books Spook Country:William Gibson’s Blue Ant series theme seems to be the post Cold War / post 9.11 world where governments, government agencies, intelligence groups and powerful global entities have made paradigm shifts in their focus and world view.
Blue Ant is a global marketing agency led by Belgian Hubertus Bigend and operated out of London. Bigend sees modern advertising as “reverse espionage” and finds that his special projects involving post-cyberpunk underground investigations akin to an organisms need for sleep and dreams.
In Spook Country, Gibson’s 2007 publication and (sort of) sequel to his novel Pattern Recognition (2003) and followed by Zero History in 2010 – we find Bigend engaging the services of Hollis Henry, a former world celebrity cutting her teeth in journalism but never completely leaving behind her status as a famed rock star. Hollis encounters visual and virtual artists and other locative technology specialists in her investigation that leads her to underground engagements.
Gibson’s narrative follows Hollis but she shares time with two other plotlines: one with a hostage translator kept by a former special forces thug and the third storyline with a group led by a former CIA agent and focusing on a Cuban-Chinese family of special operatives.
Like Pattern Recognition, Gibson wastes little time with lengthy foundations and intricately explained characterizations. The pace is fast and with little clues as to what’s happening; so the reader gets only a brisk introduction and really figures things out towards the middle of the book. Gibson is too good a writer to lose his audience though, as the language is sophisticated and engaging.
Readers may be put off by the trifecta of protagonists, but Gibson expertly weaves the three loosely connected storylines together and his fiction has the look and feel of a corporate espionage over watch, which is really where Bigend seems to fit in; almost as a smooth European Charley to the action setting Angels.
Gibson’s earlier cyberpunk incantations are revisited here through his exposition of locative art and, like his post/Cold War and post 9/11 themes, this element of Spook Country seems to again declare Gibson’s role as a chronicler of the here and now, an in depth current historian with his finger on the pulse of the world culture as it is perhaps in only the very near future.
Is this science fiction?
The setting is the current time, perhaps a step ahead, but Gibson’s attention in Spook Country is more on the speculative fiction of the Now rather than future world building.
Urbane and thrilling with a cool delivery, Gibson has crafted another very readable page-turner.
Read information about the authorLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.
While his early writing took the form of short stories, Gibson has since written nine critically acclaimed novels (one in collaboration), contributed articles to several major publications, and has collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers and musicians. His thought has been cited as an influence on science fiction authors, academia, cyberculture, and technology.
William Gibson. (2007, October 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:30, October 19, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t...
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