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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.
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 12 days ago by K. Denman
Bought for girlfriend. Girlfriend like book. I don't read book.Published 1 month ago by Hamilton Lee
The plot is interesting but then the wrap up gets rushed, with pieces left unexplaind. But I'd still recommend reading it.Published 1 month ago by heathernyc
Very pretentious and esoteric. The plot is inconsequential to the self-absorption of the main character, to the point where you either don't care about the characters or feel... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
New York resident Cayce Pollard is a marketing consultant who instinctively knows what the public will find 'cool'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Saffer