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Colin sends Barry Rydell (last seen in Gibson's novel Virtual Light) to the bridge to find a mysterious killer who reveals himself only by his lack of presence on the Net. Barry is also entrusted with a strange package that seems to be the home of Rei Toi, the computer-generated "idol singer" who once tried to "marry" a human rock star (she's also from Idoru). Barry and Rei Toi are eventually joined by Barry's old girlfriend Chevette (from Virtual Light) and a young boy named Silencio who has an unnatural fascination with watches. Together this motley assortment of characters holds the key to stopping billionaire Cody Harwood from doing whatever it is that will make sure he still holds the reigns of power after the nodal point takes place.
Although All Tomorrow's Parties includes characters from two of Gibson's earlier novels, it's not a direct sequel to either. It's a stand-alone book that is possibly Gibson's best solo work since Neuromancer. In the past, Gibson has let his brilliant prose overwhelm what were often lackluster (or nonexistent) story lines, but this book has it all: a good story, electric writing, and a group of likable and believable characters who are out to save the world ... kind of. The ending is not quite as supercharged as the rest of the novel and so comes off a bit flat, but overall this is definitely a winner. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
All these completely unique characters interact beautifully in Gibson's colorful, yet degenerate futuristic world.
While the confusion of his characters worked in other novels, here it merely highlights the lack of cohesiveness in characterization, plot, theme, and even tone.
You have to read many hundreds of pages to get to this event (which isn't even what the story is about) and there is still no conclusion at the end.
Some good ideas in here. But the "Gibson recipe" used as a narrative template is getting on one's nerves here. Read morePublished 3 days ago by len_hil
This deserves much better than the 3 1/2 - star average rating it's gotten here. This was my first William Gibson book, and I loved it and have reread it several times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Long-time listener
Discovering William Gibson has been one of the best surprises of my reading life.
Having begun reading this epic story arc in the middle, I had to go back to the beginning for... Read more
...not as it will be (though he gets scary close) or how it ought be, but maybe as we all deserve it to be. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dante Brevity
This is my second read of this book and even after ten years Gibson does not disappoint. All Tomorrow's Parties has all the elements for a great science fiction movie, both... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Philippe
I had read this book many many years ago and honestly I didn't "get it."
After a second read, it fascinates me how nicely this story falls together (in typical... Read more
Fun to read but too short. I like how he brought back some characters from his other novels. It is always interesting to see how Gibson views the future. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pen Name
just wrapped up a re-read of both trilogies - continuity this tight means the resonance of these strings HAD to have happened.Published 20 months ago by Bruce D. Fithian