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Stays with you, gets deeper
on April 19, 2014
I'm a fanatical fan of the Neuromancer trilogy, and disliked Pattern Recognition the first time I read it. I didn't understand the slow pace, the "interiority" (sorry, what I mean is the focus on tiny variations of internal experience) and I didn't care about the mystery at its core. So I was REALLY surprised to find that a lot of the book's images, metaphors, and experiences stayed with me, tugging at my memory over time.
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.