Excellent book but perhaps not a wise choice for your first Gibson novel. The first few chapters will only make sense in retrospect. The plot as a whole does not fully make sense at all. Prior readers of Gibson are used to this. Gibson does flashy technodystopia and this is his best in some time [which given the high quality of the worst of his writing should be a sign]. Fast pace, a few good characters, an excellent talent for dialog and setting. The ending won't exactly resolve anything but its so much fun I doubt anyone will care. A wonderful melange of time travel, printed matter, nano tech, declining Atlantic civilization, kleptocracy, postmodern art and ever so much more. The politics are mildly left but not to the point of preachy. The two worlds created in the novel cry out for more stories. Remains to be seen if we shall get them. If not I am quite sure the author will invent new worlds to amaze and amuse me.