For about a year now I’ve been a pretty big fan of William Gibson. His Neuromancer didn’t begin the cyberpunk genre (that was Stephenson’s Snow Crash), but it certainly fleshed it out a bit. I’d been wanting to get around to Spook Country for quite a while, but other books have been getting in the way. Also, when the book was first coming out, I had just finished a giant Gibson kick and needed a break. I finally listened to the whole thing (yes I love my audiobooks) and was fairly impressed.
The book centers on Hollis Henry, an ex-rock star who is trying to pay the bills with a little journalism. After beginning an article about augmented reality art for a mysterious tech magazine (so new it doesn’t have any issues yet), she discovers that she was actually recruited for something much larger and MUCH more interesting. The book brings together some of Gibson’s former character staples (think “Blue Ant” if you’ve read Pattern Recognition or his other stuff), but there is quite a lot of new material as well. In fact my favorite parts are his descriptions of a secretive crime family who work like Cold War operatives in the streets of New York.
As much of a mystery as any of Gibson’s other books, this one will have you following down Hollis’s leads and wondering just what the deal is with that enigmatic shipping container. It’s hard to say much more without giving the plot away, but I definitely suggest you read this one (and it’s not all that techy, for those of you who get overwhelmed easily).
Reading through the article on cyberpunk on Wikipedia reminded me that I haven’t read Mona Lisa Overdrive, the third book in the Sprawl trilogy. Even though Count Zero didn’t do a hell of a lot for me, I feel like I should finish it all off. My next project is to finish off most of Neil Stephenson’s books, though. I’m also going to try and get into the Sword of Truth series (more on that later).
Have you ever ready any cyberpunk? What’s your favorite novel in the genre?