Monday, September 17, 2007
William Gibson's "Spook Country"
The short version: "Spook Country" sucks in the same ways that all of his previous novels sucks, but the plot is less compelling than just about any of them since "Mona Lisa Overdrive" (the final book in the "Neuromancer" trilogy). There is too much form and not enogh content in them all, with one exception: "Pattern Recognition". PR was a brilliant book, in strange way reminding me of the movie "Lost in translation". In "Spook Country" some of the people and a little of the environment is recycled from PR, but it just doesn't work. Why does this matter? Well, even at his worst Gibson is able to make my mind go "whiirrr" and spawn new ideas so I'll probably read everything he publishes, even when it sucks :-)