Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bookworming: Virtual Light

Virtual Light, William Gibson, ****
The usual caveat that Gibson is probably my favorite author applies. Virtual Light is a relatively straightforward thriller set in one of Gibson's fantastically extrapolated worlds. The highlights, as usual, are in the background details rather than the action itself. The Bridge trilogy, of which this is the first book, sits between the Sprawl and Blue Ant trilogies both in their publication dates and in tone and focus. The Sprawl is sci-fi cyberpunk, while the Blue Ant leans much less on technology and uses a more contemporary setting. The Bridge lands in between. There is still the air of supertech in the background, but the focus is much more on the ephemera of society, large and small.

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