Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bookworming: Spook Country

Spook Country, William Gibson, **
Gibson's second book set in the just-beyond-contemporary Blue Ant world fails to live up to the high quality of the first. Where Pattern Recognition was somewhat a mystery in structure, Spook Country tries on the hat of a post-cold-war espionage thriller. Unfortunately, the viewpoint characters have nearly zero agency in the story.  They are driven (often literally) by other more powerful, more in-the-know characters. That, combined with Gibson's usual brilliant and effusive descriptions, make this thriller far more languid than anything else I have read from him, and far too languid to be engaging. As much as it pains me to say it, I would not recommend this one even to Gibson fans.

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