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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.
Considering this was written by William Gibson, I was expecting alittle more. The story's plot and pursuit of the objective was entertaining but just barely. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tenchi in DC
Doing a reread of Gibson's work. The Sprawl trilogy stands the test of time quite well,and the Bridge threesome is a superb reading by my standards but with Pattern... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Barry Melius
Coming off of two previous dystopian future/bio tech laden Gibson novels, I guess I expected this to follow suit. Not the case. Read morePublished 17 days ago by cassady
I'm not inclined to be a fan-boy but admit I've admired William Gibson for decades, having read Neuromancer in my early teens. While N. Read morePublished 23 days ago by CCGlazier
I love the way WG writes. His use of language; the perfect descriptions and settings and character development. I am always excited to see new his work and revisit the old.Published 1 month ago by Janalee Goodrich
Really this is my least favorite novel by Gibson, and I have read about 7 of them. For some reason the story was quite poor, boring and lame compared to his other books which are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Young Animal