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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.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tale. Gibson moves it along briskly - and it's hard to see where he is going next. Read morePublished 24 days ago by J. Copeland
One of my favourite Gibson books. It's not hardcore sci-fi like some of his other books, but still deals with some really interesting concepts (eg. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quentin M MacMillan
One of the most thrilling among Gibson's novels. Keeps you stuck to your Kindle and has a deep poetical layer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Iulian Comanescu
Pattern Recognition is Gibson's most "literary" book. Character development is at his greatest point, and the story line is both subtle and engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by qfalconer
Well written with tight prose and passing to fit the nature and theme of the book. Good to starter on Gibson before diving into the more difficult early material like Neuromancer.Published 4 months ago by Thomas
The first book in this trilogy reads just as well as a stand alone novel. The characters are complex, neither totally good or totally bad, but driven by the same impulses which... Read morePublished 4 months ago by peter fitzroy