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Spook Country de William Gibson
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Spook Country (edició 2009)

de William Gibson

Sèrie: Blue Ant (2)

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Multilingual Tito engages in sensitive information transfers from his single-room apartment, while journalist Hollis frets over her start-up magazine's censure of its own promotions, and prescription drug addict Milgrim wonders about the military connections of an enigmatic benefactor.
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Títol:Spook Country
Autors:William Gibson
Informació:Berkley (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages
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Spook Country de William Gibson

  1. 40
    Pattern Recognition de William Gibson (Usuari anònim)
  2. 20
    Virtual Light de William Gibson (PghDragonMan)
  3. 10
    Jennifer Government de Max Barry (mcuquet)
  4. 00
    Snow Crash de Neal Stephenson (themulhern)
    themulhern: They both have one human being who manipulates human beings in the aggregate, more or less denying their humanity.
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    Strange Flesh de Michael Olson (InvisiblerMan)
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Spook Country, a book where absolutely nothing happens, in detail.

after 100 pages, i was still lost as to the point of this book. every character is dangerously interesting. nothing is cohesive, just chapter after chapter of loosely tied together story. just enough to keep you turning the pages, but not enough for you to know what is happening.

there is no “main protagonist” or “main antagonist” every character has their own agenda and none are good or evil. everyone has something going on and you are slowly led through the various stories until they all merge into one semi-cohesive semi-plot. every one of these characters deserves their own book.

dont hold your breath for a big bang ending though. when it all culminates in the last 25 pages, you will either be giggling at the cleverness or unhappy that you sat through it all.

i think this book would make a great film modified and directed by the cohen brothers.

thats it. no more review. as the books semi-plot doesnt have much to it besides build up, i would hate to give up anything specific.

i do really want to listen to the band “the curfew”, though they do not exist, i was left curious about their sound and influence.

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1 vota Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
No matter when or where it is set, all the best science fiction is really about the present day. William Gibson takes this idea to its logical conclusion and writes about the present day as if it were science fiction.

Gibson seems mostly concerned with how our (real) technologies are transforming us. His main character, Hollis Henry (love the strong female characters that are always present in Gibson's work), the lead singer of a defunct band from the '90s, who is now trying to make it as a journalist. The start-up magazine for which she works has given her an assignment that's really little more than a cover. They hope that as she investigates locative technology in art, she'll also uncover the where-abouts of a mysterious cargo container. Without her knowledge, of course. There are two other characters we follow in the course of the narrative, neither of whom know the whole story either.

By keeping the characters and the readers in the dark about the narrative thread, Gibson creates a paranoid feeling that mimics that of the world we find ourselves living in. A world where, as one of the characters says, "America had developed Stockholm syndrome toward its own government, post 9/11."

This is the second novel set in the "real world" by Gibson; a sort of follow up to Pattern Recognition. These two novels share one character between them: Advertising magnate, Hubertus Bigend. While not a huge presence in either book, he is the force that motivates both narratives. Again, Gibson is telling us something about the world we live in.

Gibson's writing here is bare-bones spare, but beautiful. He has the ability to turn a phrase that can stop the reader dead for a moment, but that then compels you to continue. To race to the completely satisfying conclusion.

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2 vota adamgallardo | Aug 11, 2021 |
1/4 read, unable to finish.
  ClemRas | May 8, 2021 |
Definitely not the equal of Pattern Recognition. Rather disjointed and confusing - to some extent a stylistic choice, but perhaps taken too far. Not without its moments but one comes away oddly unfulfilled. ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
"Locative art"; shipping container being located at sea; contaminate $10,000,000 in cash w/ radioactive Cesium
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
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"This novel is a political thriller that is also a satire on advertising, music and the geekocracy, a finely machined mystery whose main pleasures lie in its rich store of miniature aesthetic jolts and unexpected textures."
afegit per bookfitz | editaThe Guardian, Steven Poole (Aug 18, 2007)
 
"Despite its thriller trappings, "Spook Country" is a puzzle palace of bewitching proportions and stubborn echoes."
afegit per bookfitz | editaLos Angeles Times, Ed Park (Aug 5, 2007)
 
"If Gibson’s vision has got bleaker, his eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen."
afegit per bookfitz | editaThe New Yorker (Jul 23, 2007)
 
"In Spook Country, Gibson takes another large step forward and reaffirms his position as one of the most astute and entertaining commentators on our astonishing, chaotic present."
 
"Compelling characters and crisp action sequences, plus the author’s trademark metaphoric language, help make this one of Gibson’s best."
afegit per bookfitz | editaPublishers Weekly (Jun 18, 2007)
 

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The strength of Juana's magic had faded, Tito knew, amid new technologies and an increasing governmental stress on "security", by which was meant control. [13]
The Curfew's fans were virtually the only people who knew the band had existed, today, aside from radio programmers, pop historians critics, and collectors.  With the increasingly atemporal nature of music, though, the band had continued to acquire new fans.  Those it did acquire, like Alberto, were often formidably serious. [25]
Cyberspace is everting. [22]  And once it everts, then there isn't any cyberspace, is there? [66]
But what if, asked the upwardly burrowing voice, Brown was not really a government agent? ...  what if Brown was just an asshole with a gun? [80]
Intelligence, Hollis, is advertising turned inside out. [108]
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Multilingual Tito engages in sensitive information transfers from his single-room apartment, while journalist Hollis frets over her start-up magazine's censure of its own promotions, and prescription drug addict Milgrim wonders about the military connections of an enigmatic benefactor.

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