WHEN IS LIVEJOURNAL GOING TO GET THEIR ONLINE ACT BACK TOGETHER, ANYWAY!!???
*sighs* Well, in any case, I got the final book for my Science Fiction class finished this morning, five days early. Go me. Now, I need to work on making additions to the Specimen Days
paper and making my website for Some Like It Hot
. Early next week, I have the Sci-Fi final--and then I am done, done, DONE! ^_^Gibson, William. Pattern Recognition. 2003. New York: Berkley, 2004.Summary
: Cayce (pronounced "Case") Pollard is a coolhunter who has been hired to track down the creator of "the footage," mysterious segments of video distributed from an unknown source on the Internet that has attracted a passionate following of fans, of which Cayce is one, by Bigend, a marketing guru who sees tremendous potential in the method of distribution. She eventually finds out that the creator is a brain-damaged young woman, that her twin has been distributing the footage, and that they are the nieces of a Russian mafioso.Comments
: As you may be able to guess from the summary of the novel, the getting there is way, waaaay more interesting than the final conclusion--that a woman who has been ruined by an anti-Soviet weapon used in a new application against her Mafia family and is endlessly caught in and reproducing the source of her injury. The novel is filled with Internet lingo and young-people speech and Japanophilia (even though he seems remarkably unable to use Japanese correctly), but the firm conviction in the power of free market enterprise, not to mention the preoccupation with "the Soviets," marks Gibson as a child of the Cold War. This novel will fit into a category of what will someday be known as post-9/11 literature--the world has gotten smaller and thus less unique and all things are colaborative efforts and damned if we're not personally threatened by all that; indeed, it even uses that date to locate the story smack in the present. Gibson, most famous for such science fiction works as Neuromancer
, flatly states that this novel is NOT sci-fi, and in the book itself he says that the "now" changes so rapidly that we hardly have a present to stand on, let alone a future. I believe Pattern Recognition
is both about trying to find meaning in an increasingly chaotic and complicated world (the postmodern frustration), and Gibson's own conviction that the future has already arrived and made the sorts of speculative novels that he wrote obsolete. (As an aside, I believe Peter Gilbert aka Parkaboy might have been a self-insert...and is it any surprise that Cayce ends up in bed with him, literally, by the end? *shakes head* )Notes
: trade paperback, 1st printingRating
- A vaguely interesting read but not essential. It should NOT be read as a textbook, as I was reading it, because I don't think it is rich enough.