- Series: Blue Ant (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780425198681
- ISBN-13: 978-0425198681
- ASIN: 0425198685
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 415 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005
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“A masterful performance.”—Chicago Tribune
“Gibson nails the texture of internet culture: how it feels to be close to someone you know only as a voice in a chat room, or to fret about someone spying on your browser’s list of sites visited.”—The New York Times
“Completely contemporary...his best book.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“[An] eerie vision of our time.”—The New Yorker
“Pattern Recognition races along like an expert thriller, but it rides on a strong current of melancholy, of elegy for the broken and the vanished...Gibson knows he’s building on ground zero.”—GQ
“So good it defies all the usual superlatives.”—The Seattle Times
“It turns out that William Gibson knows as much about the present as he does about the future...a masterful performance from a major novelist who seems to be just now hitting his peak. Welcome to the present, Mr. Gibson.”—Chicago Tribune
“Gibson’s first novel to take place in the present takes you on a reckless journey of espionage and lies and doesn’t promise a safe return...wonderfully chilling...a dangerously hip book.”—USA Today
“[Gibson], who invented the future with Neuromancer, shows he’s just as skilled at seeing the present.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A serious thriller set in the dystopian present...glossy [and] well-paced.”—Time
About the Author
William Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula Award in 1984. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
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Characters are deliciously drawn. The mystery unravels at a pace that is pitch perfect. The sadness and strange subtle shift of America after 9/11 is captured in a way that other authors haven't touched, which is interesting considering that the novel takes us from London to Tokyo, and Moscow, to Paris.
I love this world. I can't wait to read the book or the books that are going to connect his most recent texts - those set in our present - back to those that are set in the near future, and the still far future of his earlier work.
A good read, but I compare it to "Burning Chrome" which is quite different and you have to change gears a bit as this story could be happening today.
Cayse is a freelance 'cool hunter' which means she tracks down emerging trends and reports back to giant advertising groups who then market the ideas. Interestingly, Cayse suffers anxiety attacks if she so much as sees a famous trade logo (except when she is out of her home country) and has serious problems with some eg. Bibendum (the Michelin Man). She controls this by repeating a childhood mantra to herself: 'He took a duck in the face at 250 knots'...
The writing and the 'feel' is present-tense, up-to-the-minute and quite complicatedly thrilling.
I loved Gibson's idea of the mirror-world, the strangeness of everyday objects and situations in another country.
"She's long kept track of certain obscure mirror-world pop figures, ... because their careers can be so compressed, so eerily quantum-brief, like particles whose existence can only be proven by streaks detected on a specially sensitized plates at the bottom of disused salt mines." - Location 1181/5179
About a year after the first reading, I went back and was stunned by how much I loved the book. As he matures, Gibson has gotten away from his youthful pyrotechnics and become more interested in things like how power is wielded in society and how marketing creates our sense of culture. You have to slow down to get this book, and savor it like a good meal — but once you've accepted that no one is going to get shot, turn themselves into a cyborg, or rob a bank on a broken leg, I think you'll find Gibson's social and moral matrix as satisfying as the virtual one.