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All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Tokyo. His body shakes with fever dreams, but his mind roams free as always, and he knows something is about to happen. Not in Tokyo; he will not see this thing himself. Something is about to happen in San Francisco.
The mists make it easy to hide, if hiding is what you want, and even at the best of times reality there seems to shift. A gray man moves elegantly through the mists, leaving bodies in his wake, so that a tide of absences alerts Laney to his presence. A boy named Silencio does not speak, but flies through webs of cyber-information in search of the one object that has seized his imagination. And Rei Toi, the Japanese Idoru, continues her study of all things human. She herself is not human, not quite, but she’s working on it. And in the mists of San Francisco, at this rare moment in history, who is to say what is or is not impossible...
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“Gibson, one of science fiction's greatest literary stylists, is at his best [when] he offers visceral detail even when promising transcendent change—a moment in the near future when the fabric of daily life will twist profoundly.”—Wired
“Moves at warp speed...[Gibson] is a witty and compelling storyteller.”—Los Angeles Times
“[A] hard-edged and grimly beautiful piece of work.”—Chicago Tribune
“Gibson has done it again.”—Time Out New York
“A creepily plausible near-future of nanotechnology and virtual-reality pop idols, delineated in Gibson’s customary diamond-sharp prose as the plot hurtles toward existential apocalypse.”—Elle
“Ultra-cool cyberpunk...this familiar, vigorous, vividly realized scenario is set forth in the author’s unique and astonishingly textured prose.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Gibson’s rich protopointillism coins a wireless future where reality is only proxy and proviso. Made all the more beautiful and frightening by its probability, and by characters who somehow tweeze hope from the polymer.”—Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files
About the Author
- ASIN : B000O76ONG
- Publisher : Berkley (February 4, 2003)
- Publication date : February 4, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 1291 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,147 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novel concludes the Bridge trilogy: characters you already know fortunately come together, seeking to survive as parties seek to create cultural fundamental changes. And human culture changes globally at the novel's end, but the creation vanishes into the madding crowd as the novel ends. I interpret these events as a beginning, not a conclusion, and I'm surprised that William Gibson wrote no follow-on novel to 2003's All Tomorrow's Parties.
This fine book is the culmination of couple of pseudo-episodic Gibson novels...his writing gets better and better and some of the passages are almost impossibly beautiful in their spare conciseness and wonderful language/syntax. Highly recommended for reading out-loud to (or by) your partner.
Gibson skillfully weaves the theory of historical inflection points (or cusps) into a story about how an artifical intelligence/personality (who apparently yearns to be free) manipulates various characters and the public nano-compiler network in order to become embodied as a young woman!
If you didn't catch that your first time through, read it again!
Told almost entirely from the meats' point of view and populated with hints of themes to come in Gibson's following (and very highly recommended) book, Pattern Recognition. Also, for relevant background, read the previous novel: Idoru.
As others have noted, he's stylistically back to the evocative, Delaney-inspired prose that made _Neuromancer_ and so many of his short stories work so well. And the characterization is much stronger than in the previous installations of the series. It eschews the contrived "gotta have a plot" scripting of _Virtual Light_ and _Idoru_ in favor of a well-thought-out progression toward an end that, as another reviewer has noted, passes almost too quickly to see -- a typical "Gibson ending", to be sure.
As for the future he depicts.... let's just say that in its own way, it's one of the more chilling dystopias I've ever encountered, wherein society and culture are made manifest in lawsuits and trash TV, and grim hope lives out on the margins in the "autonomous zones"....