Sadly, this only makes Sterling's future seem that much more plausible.
My chief complaint is that it drowns in cynicism towards the end, leaving us with a downbeat and overlong ending and nothing much in the way of climax.
The main problem with "Distraction" is that the main characters have little or no personality.
I have to admit that I've read very little cyberpunk - Neuromancer comes to mind - but I generally enjoyed this book. I did find the pace a bit uneven, though. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nigel R. Guest
A poignant and satirical extrapolation of what America might end up as. Again as with Sterling ..better texture than plot. Really enjoyed it although a bit silly most of the time. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by GRINGO
I just finished reading this book and I am still trying to get over it. Shades of The Economist and Miles Vorkosigan. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Daniel M. Bensen
I read Sterling's" Distraction" and though it was very clever until I read Walker Percy's "Love in the Ruins" published in 1971. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by vero
I'm not Bruce Sterling's biggest fan, but I am a fan, despite his glaring limitations as a writer. Let's get them out of the way up-front: Bruce Sterling cannot write convincing... Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by J. Bradley Hicks
Distraction shows why fiction was really mostly a warm-up for Sterling's current career as non-fiction writer and design futurist agitator. Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by Andrew Otwell
Distraction by Bruce Sterling will make you think until your dendrites grind while scaring the @#$% out of you, but you'll be laughing so hard you won't notice. Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Sylvia Wadlington
Rating: "B": masterful writing and funny/clever satire, undermined
by gross implausibilities and clunky auctorial manipulations. Read more
The story here is decent but not exactly what it's pitched as. To read the description would lead you to believe that you're going to read a book about two people trying to change... Read morePublished on January 14, 2004 by Ward Mesick