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This review is from: All Tomorrow's Parties (Hardcover)
The unpoliced ghetto encrusting the ruins of the Golden Gate Bridge is the surreal setting for ex-cop Rydell and his girl friend Chevette as they maneuver to regain control of the Idoru -- an artificially-generated Japanese media goddess of irresistible beauty and intelligence. Hidden away like a djinn inside a portable memory unit, the Idoru now lies at the cusp of a technological tsunami that will forever alter human civilization. Rydell is being directed by a tortured master computer-hacker Colin Laney, now dying of pneumonia and malnutrition in a cardboard box in the bottom of a Japanese subway -- one of the few humans with the rare gift -- or curse -- of being able to recognize the true patterns that exist behind the shimmering data flood from cyberspace. Gibson's tense writing is pressurized with ideas, phrases and images that make his novels unforgettable -- and sometimes barely comprehensible. A continuation of Gibson's last novel "Idoru," this action-packed book holds out the promise of more to come, and reinforces my conviction that Gibson is an extraordinarily powerful and visionary writer -- even though I never exactly figured out the plot. If you like this brain-twisting vision of technology's effect on civilization from the man who invented the word "cyberspace" don't miss another amazing book he co-authored with Bruce Sterling -- "The Difference Engine."