- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001OMHU8I
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One warning: a lot of the reviews below, esp. the negative ones, have spoilers in them.
There are some interesting moments in Spook Country and some good characters, but just when you start to connect with them Gibson yanks them away. The problem here is focus, Gibson seems
to be trying to do too much in Spook Country and he isn't able to do all of it well. Had he picked one thread and developed it better he would have had a much better book.
I bought this book in Hardcover right when it was released with the expectations that it would be in the league of Patter Recognition. Unfortunately it isn't. I won't completely warn people off this book because there are so many books out there that are much worse. But I don't feel like I particularly got my moneys worth.
Spook Country was the hardest book to read of Gibson's, a very difficult read. Is he getting obsessive-compulsive? Try the shoehorning on page 71: "Inchmale understood it, though, and indeed had championed it, as soon as it was digitally possible pulling guitar lines out of obscure garage chestnuts and stretching them, like a mad jeweler elongating sturdy Victorian tableware into something insectile, post-functionally fragile, and neurologically dangerous." Really?
On the other hand, some of the descriptive verbage to me borders on genius - 126, "The Frankfort School, as they'd called themselves, had wasted no time in plunging their intellectual ovipositors repeatedly into the unsuspecting body of old-school American academia."
So you have to realy like William Gibson - which I do - to fight your way through a difficult but enjoyable read.
Pierce Scranton M.D.
author, "Death on the Learning Curve"
So, why all the negative reviews here? After reading many, which I did because I was so perplexed by the response to a book that had received considerable acclaim, I reached the conclusion that there is a core of Gibson fans who want him to write Neuromancer over and over and over again. Well, I loved that book as well, but I think Gibson has grown as an author, and his recent works are just as gripping but are not as rapidly paced as his earlier work. There's less adrenalin rush here, but much greater psychological depth. Gibson continues to grow as a writer, and when that happens some readers will be left behind, like the pop music fans who show up at a concert begging an artist to play their hit single with a bullet from 20 years earlier when the artist wants to share new work with the audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully atmospheric, intriguing, clever, and funny, with beautifully developed characters and a delightful web of ideas. I was sad when it ended. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Phyl P.
Once in a great while a book comes along that transcends the events written about and explains something of deep and cosmic importance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fascinatingbooks
This is a silly and unnecessary book. Nearly nothing happens, and what happens doesn't make sense. I read four boring books in a row, including this one, and It's making me want to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Surferofromantica
I enjoyed the reading of it, but as a book in a series it was just okay. Very much a place holder to me.Published 2 months ago by Jacob Hennes
What can I say? I am unconditional fan of Mr Gibson...Published 5 months ago by Gerson H Lozano Ortega
I tried, I tried, and tried again ... and I just couldn't make it through this book. Actually I never made it past the first 100 pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
William Gibson has never written a bad book in my opinion.Published 9 months ago by Randy R Jackson