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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.
New York resident Cayce Pollard is a marketing consultant who instinctively knows what the public will find 'cool'. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Barbara Saffer
Set in current time, not sci fi, but touches on all of Gibson's usual ideas: power, technology, talent, manipulation, and that certain special something - both that a person can... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura J MacCary
readable, but not great: found the woman protagonist to not be relateable. However, I read it all the way through and was interested in the plot, however far fetched it may be.Published 2 months ago by Erica I. Livingston
Gibson is kind of short on ideas here: like Gardener's James Bond books, Gibson lingers over scene-setting details and ridiculously-long essays on individual items, trying to build... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Paul Suszko
I can't believe no one suggested i read this earlier. Great piece capturing the consumer culture andparanoia of the early 2000s.Published 4 months ago by Jenn Goble
A most rare home run on character, pacing, and emotion, William Gibson's Pattern Recognition is his most he artful novel.Published 4 months ago by D. Kauffman
One of Gibson's better works. I enjoyed it as I have taken pleasure in his previous writings. No need to review the plot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jfield1
I'm a fanatical fan of the Neuromancer trilogy, and disliked Pattern Recognition the first time I read it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaelynn
I read Neuromancer in one week. It took me over three months to finish Pattern Recognition. I think this mirrors a lot of people's experience with this novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maxime Beaulieu