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Lost Me in the Verbal Maze
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015
William Gibson is a giant in sci-fi writing and I have generally enjoyed his books starting with Neuromancer. However, there are times when Gibson sort of gets lost in the eloquence of his writing and forgets that there is a story to tell. Iduro in his second book in The Bridge series (starting with Virtual Light), and frankly, the book just sort of weirds me out. Perhaps is has something to do with the setting (post giant quake Tokyo), but the story just does not hang together well for me. Maybe I am just getting too old. There is nothing particularly wrong. The characters are well developed in Gibson's usual way, but the storyline just never grabbed me sufficiently to turn the book into one of those that keep you up too late as you read "just one more chapter". Never happened for me with Iduro.
The book is generally well acclaimed, but for me, it left me with a sense of "what was the payoff with this story"? I never found it.