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These worlds feel uniquely real and poignant.
Gibson always as something relevant to say about our culture, and always leaves you thinking.
Gibson has followed a somewhat unusual arc as a writer: from Neuromancer, a ground-breaking work of fantasy and science fiction, to the current Bigend Trilogy, which take place in the same world that the reader lives in -- although not, in most cases, the same strata of that world. While the characters and plot of "Pattern Recognition" are a bit fantastic, the events of "Spook Country" are utterly plausible; the characters unusual, but not unusually unusual. This doesn't make them boring or uninteresting, but rather makes them more engaging, at least to me. "Zero History" starts out in this direction, but then reaches back into a science fiction ploy in order to resolve a difficult situation near the end of the plot. In the last few pages, it gets even weirder, with Bigend revealing -- for absolutely no purpose related to the plot, but perhaps as a lead-in to the next novel, something absolutely astonishing that would fit in perfectly with Neuromancer, but simply seems a mix of unnecessary and improbable.
I said I wasn't going to spoil the ending, and I won't, but I will just say that it all seems to fall apart at that point. Bigend, who is a master of secrets, tells his ultimate secret -- not under duress, or to answer some other need, but as a silly boast. There's no need for it. It is a supremely stupid thing for someone who doesn't do stupid things to do.
Let's just say that if there is a fourth book in this series, at the end we find out whether Bigend is the ancestor of Ashpool or Tessier, because that's where this is going. And I find this a disappointing regression.
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