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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, 384 pages
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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (2003)

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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 |
Pattern Recognition was set in the present, or maybe the day after tomorrow. Gibson wrote it in present tense, which increases the sense of immediacy. Unfortunately, it was written twelve years ago, and a lot has happened since 2002. Although it remains an interesting read, and Cayce is a strong protagonist, it feels quite dated. That, combined with the emphasis on immediacy, gave me an odd deja vu feeling while reading it. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Cayce Pollard, a cool hunter paid to predict the hottest trends, is in London where she has been hired to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo. Upon completion of this project she is offered another assignment: to track down the maker of the obscure video clips that have taken the internet by storm and created a worldwide underground subculture.

While in pursuit of this mysterious maker, traveling from London to Tokyo to Moscow, she finds herself thrust into the seedy underbelly of the marketing world of which she's observed for so long. Along the way she finds herself facing questions surrounding her father, who disappeared in Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Just as Alice descended into Wonderland, the lines between what was real to Cayce and what could only be perceived begin to blur.

The author, William Gibson, truly has a gift. His characters are believable, if not directly relate-able. He is able to set the scene without overuse of description.

I found the idea of the footage very intriguing. I found the sensitivity of the main character, Cayce, to be rather amusing while still being believable.

Overall, I found this story to be well-written and intriguing without going beyond the realm of possibility. ( )
  BookGeekBeth | Apr 18, 2018 |
The anonymous vids in this book really paralleled what Burial was doing at the time I read this. ( )
  triphopera | Apr 14, 2018 |
I wanted to like it more. The writing is really good. Gibson can string words together. The truth is the book moved really slow and I didn't really care about the plot. Normally I would have given up in this book (the start was really slow). Only his writing style kept me going. Ultimately, it left me a little cold. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
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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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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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Gibson's highly acclaimed "New York Times" bestselling novel is the story of a trend predictor in London who's offered a job to find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet--footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.… (more)

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