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Another smartly scouted roadmap of alternate routes through today's global culture, applauded the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the other critics agreed. Gibson leads readers on a wild adventure that encompasses fashion, the military-industrial complex, viral marketing, behavioral anthropology, addiction, and even base jumping, weaving all of these distinctive threads into a satisfyingly cohesive whole. A couple reviewers cited some implausible plot twists and exaggerated characters, but most praised Gibson's increased focus on his characters, his razor-sharp prose, and his incisive observations on modern culture. Hailed as the funniest and lightest of Gibson's books to date, Zero History stands well alone, but readers already familiar with the series' previous titles will find this last installment much more rewarding. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
After a gig investigating “locative art” for the “overly wealthy and dangerously curious” Hubertus Bigend, founder of the trend-forecasting firm Blue Ant (Spook Country, 2007), Hollis Henry finds herself once again under Bigend's employ. This time she is hired to discover the identity of the designer of a secret brand of clothing called Gabriel Hounds, whom Bigend hopes to enlist in his bid to get into the design, contracting, and manufacture of U.S. military clothing (and its inevitable spin-off into the mainstream consumer market). Military contracting, according to Bigend, is essentially recession proof. Meanwhile, the translator and cryptologist Milgrim (also returning from Spook Country), a former Ativan addict (now in recovery on Bigend's dime) with “zero history” (being off the grid, he has no credit or address history), is asked to assist Hollis in her investigation. What begins as a seemingly innocent apparel-related project takes on more sinister overtones when the two are followed from London to Paris by a competitor with shady dealings in the arms trade and a personal ax to grind with Milgrim. Gibson, who made a name with Neuromancer (1984) and other speculative takes on new technologies, returns to his familiar concerns with hacker culture, surveillance, paranoia, and viral marketing, with occasional digressions into the semiotics of fashion and celebrity and references to cosplay, base jumping, and the Festo AirPenguin (look it up). --Ben Segedin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I find myself reading this book again and again. Some of the plot is a bit convenient but it's the thought between the actions that makes the book worth reading. Read morePublished 7 days ago by christian
I always forget how much I like Gibson....!
Great language usage, amazing characters, and that unique style of his.......
Dull. First half was sequential bluster ...but with a sense wanting to see what came next. Second half. Calvary rides in to save the day. Lost love returned. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John W. Shoemaker
not sure why the fashion industry should be the setting for a sort of thriller. i expected more sci-fi / cyberpunk.Published 3 months ago by william lowrey
I loved this book. Third one in the Blue Ant trilogy - they are all good. Gibson has a great sense of humour, the characters are super cool, and his creativity is clever.Published 3 months ago by Jenni Nelson
He takes the most violent of circumstance in a current context and sheds as little blood as possible.Published 3 months ago by LAquaker