Cayce Pollard is a cool hunter hired to find the responsible on disseminating movie clips on the internet.
The book then follows Cayce search.
And we follow Cayce along.
And what follows is Gibson´s mastery on setting the characters and ambience right moods. You can almost feel as if you are on London, Tokyo or Moscow, the books main sites.
Gibson surely evolved his writing, too, which many may say is too distracting, but is only a matter of getting used to and is a device for him to getting the moods in his readers.
If you want something like Neuromancer or his other cyberpunk books, forget it. Pattern Recognition is set in the modern, present world, a Gibson first, and in the modern world, all too familiar, is where Gibson truly shines.
One narrative only, and not interwoven ones like Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, is a plus and help things getting not too distractive.
And once again Gibson predicts the future. Pattern Recognition was published in 2003 and in 2006 we had the lonelygirl15 phenomenon; the way people in the book discuss and analyze to exhaustion the various slices of footage and how we participate in social networks, message boards. It´s all in PR.
You might even feel CayceP´s jet leg. I did.
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