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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Pattern Recognition (original 2003; edition 2005)

by William Gibson

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Title:Pattern Recognition
Authors:William Gibson
Info:Berkley (2005), Paperback
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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (2003)

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Cayce is a coolhunter – ultra sensitive to logos and able to track street trends for corporate usurpation. While on assignment in London, she receives an offer to partner with one of the world’s most powerful marketing gurus to find the anonymous maker of an Internet phenomenon – haunting snippets of film found in crevices of the net. He wants to find it because he considers it the greatest guerrilla marketing ever. She wants to find it simply because ever since her father disappeared on September 11th, she has been comforted and fascinated by these found images. Cayce’s treasure hunt takes her around the world in typical Gibson fashion, complete with requisite cyberpunk fantasy Tokyo shopping sprees, satisfying for this long-time Gibson reader (eat your heart out Danielle Steel). Pattern Recognition also ends in a typical Gibson wrap-up – feeling all too neat and swept together. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
I don't think I've read this since 2004 or so, but there were parts of it I still remembered very clearly (the footage, Cayce's "allergy", Skirt Thing), but I didn't remember any of the second half of the plot at all.

I enjoyed this a lot. Maybe I should read more Gibson? ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
I knew I would pick this one up sooner or later. It's an engaging but frivolous mystery about high flying advertising executives, internet obsessions, psychological allergies and jet lag. September 11th is in there too, but the rest seems mostly out of touch with reality - but I liked it anyway. (December 22, 2004) ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |

All this not to say Gibson wrote an irrelevant novel, on the contrary, Gibson wrote a novel that is very much of these times, dealing with topics – branding, globalization, originality, monoculture – that define big parts of our contemporary lives. It then doesn’t surprise that the Wikipedia page on Pattern Recognition is quite long, and even has quotes from postmodern theorist Frederic Jameson on the novel. Yes: Gibson is that kind of powerhouse, the kind that attracts the attention of a powerhouse like Jameson.

Mind you: all that doesn’t make for a particular deep novel – Gibson keeps it snappy and breezy, and he constructs a fairly standard thriller around the themes. (...)

Full review on Weighing A Pig ( )
  bormgans | Apr 20, 2019 |
Flat and boring, 80 pages in. Maybe I felt that way because so far it revolves around advertising and branding and finding the next 'cool' thing (the main character is a professional 'coolhunter') and none of that is anything I care about. Not the right Gibson for me, apparently.
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
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"In this, he is basically a conservative author; he doesn't really want to engage with the possibilities of the post-human. His chosen form, the novel, doesn't allow him to do this."
added by bookfitz | editThe Guardian, Toby Litt (Apr 26, 2003)
"Gibson's best book since Mona Lisa Overdrive should satisfy his hardcore fans while winning plenty of new ones."
added by bookfitz | editPublishers Weekly (Jan 20, 2003)
''Pattern Recognition'' considers these issues with appealing care and, given that this best-selling author is his own kind of franchise, surprising modesty.
"A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk."
added by bookfitz | editKirkus Reviews (Nov 15, 2002)

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Raphan, BenitaPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425198685, Mass Market Paperback)

The first of William Gibson's usually futuristic novels to be set in the present, Pattern Recognition is a masterful snapshot of modern consumer culture and hipster esoterica. Set in London, Tokyo, and Moscow, Pattern Recognition takes the reader on a tour of a global village inhabited by power-hungry marketeers, industrial saboteurs, high-end hackers, Russian mob bosses, Internet fan-boys, techno archeologists, washed-out spies, cultural documentarians, and our heroine Cayce Pollard--a soothsaying "cool hunter" with an allergy to brand names.

Pollard is among a cult-like group of Internet obsessives that strives to find meaning and patterns within a mysterious collection of video moments, merely called "the footage," let loose onto the Internet by an unknown source. Her hobby and work collide when a megalomaniac client hires her to track down whoever is behind the footage. Cayce's quest will take her in and out of harm's way in a high-stakes game that ultimately coincides with her desire to reconcile her father’s disappearance during the September 11 attacks in New York.

Although he forgoes his usual future-think tactics, this is very much a William Gibson novel, more so for fans who realize that Gibson's brilliance lies not in constructing new futures but in using astute observations of present-day cultural flotsam to create those futures. With Pattern Recognition, Gibson skips the extrapolation and focuses his acumen on our confusing contemporary world, using the precocious Pollard to personify and humanize the uncertain anxiety, optimistic hope, and downright fear many feel when looking to the future. The novel is filled with Gibson's lyric descriptions and astute observations of modern life, making it worth the read for both cool hunters and their prey. --Jeremy Pugh

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"Pattern Recognition is William Gibson's best book since he rewrote all the rules in Neuromancer."--Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods "One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century."--The Washington Post Book World The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast bestseller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now... Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet--a world-renowned "coolhunter" who predicts the hottest trends. While in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo, she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the internet--footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.   Still haunted by the memory of her missing father--a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001--Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing--and compelling--as the twenty-first century promises to be...… (more)

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