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Pollard is among a cult-like group of Internet obsessives that strives to find meaning and patterns within a mysterious collection of video moments, merely called "the footage," let loose onto the Internet by an unknown source. Her hobby and work collide when a megalomaniac client hires her to track down whoever is behind the footage. Cayce's quest will take her in and out of harm's way in a high-stakes game that ultimately coincides with her desire to reconcile her fathers disappearance during the September 11 attacks in New York.
Although he forgoes his usual future-think tactics, this is very much a William Gibson novel, more so for fans who realize that Gibson's brilliance lies not in constructing new futures but in using astute observations of present-day cultural flotsam to create those futures. With Pattern Recognition, Gibson skips the extrapolation and focuses his acumen on our confusing contemporary world, using the precocious Pollard to personify and humanize the uncertain anxiety, optimistic hope, and downright fear many feel when looking to the future. The novel is filled with Gibson's lyric descriptions and astute observations of modern life, making it worth the read for both cool hunters and their prey. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gibson pulls off a novel set in a very real, post 9/11 present.
I can only find one fault with the book, and that is that the end of "Pattern Recognition" starts to let the plot wrap up just a little too quickly.
Gibson could have easily developed some secondary plot lines to give the secondary characters more depth.
Never again will I take the recommendation of the person who raved about this book. Choppy and hubristic, self absorbed characters (what else? Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sidereus
Well written LITERATURE - Intelligent - EZ to get into and stay with to the end - I personally have this same ability as the main character so of course it surprised me a little.Published 11 days ago by T. Ramos
An excellent thriller with not much of his sci fi past in evidence.
Solid writing and a coherent story
Unnecessarily verbose and circumspect. Half way through I began to understand the plot but had no idea what some if the activities had to do with it do, I quit.Published 12 days ago by Robert J Becksted
After being read 15 pages, this book was ripped off and thrown out in the bin where its an appropriate place to be. Good luck to you all if you have spare timePublished 26 days ago by Victoria
The story rolls out incrementally. The female main character reveals herself in too great detail and enigma. She surrounds herself with alternating and shifting friend or foe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BonsaiBabe
I loved the amorphous since of an artistic breakthrough. Always just out of reach. The father is surely alive, and at least in my world, it's not denied in the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Denman