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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.
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 4 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 10 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 24 days 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
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Robert J Becksted