This is a group of 12 short stories that will make you think.
I know when you read you want to relax and escape. But Sterling's stories grab you by the neck and just won't let go.
The tales in this book are deep, as in you need to pay attention, they are dark, which is why you bought it, and they are exercise, as in your brain gets a work out and you know it.
Not a book to pick up and quickly polish off a story or two while listening to the news, this is a book that DEMANDS your full attention when reading it. Vital and developed but flawed characters. Situations you may or may not recognize. A fast pace that keeps you on your toes.
Not an easy read at times but an investment in your higher intelligence. Go ahead, take a chance, and buy this book.
put down your kindle, your ipad, your obscene loyalty to a brand name, and go old school. forget stephenson or gibson and go with the real deal: bruce sterling. clever writing. laugh and be afraid at the same time. it's your future. well worth a read, and certainly looks cooler on your bookshelf than that old paperback copy of 'all tomorrow's parties'.