HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

The Peripheral

by William Gibson

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Jackpot Trilogy (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,229916,645 (3.89)92
Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010‚??s New York Times‚??bestselling Zero History.

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran‚??s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC‚??s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there‚??s a job he‚??s supposed to do‚??a job Flynne didn‚??t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He‚??s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That‚??s all there is to it. He‚??s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn‚??t what Burton told her to expect. It might be
… (more)
  1. 11
    Walkaway by Cory Doctorow (melmore)
    melmore: Both works extrapolate from our current situation to imagine not-dissimilar futures. Both are concerned with questions of wealth distribution, resource depletion, human agency, equality, freedom. Both have super bad-ass female protagonists (who are nonetheless recognizable human beings).… (more)
  2. 00
    Agency by William Gibson (jeroenvandorp)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 92 mentions

English (88)  Hungarian (1)  French (1)  All languages (90)
Showing 1-5 of 88 (next | show all)
Gibson, ap√≥s passar por trilogias futur√≠sticas e de fic√ß√£o-cient√≠fica do tempo presente, enreda nosso presente no futuro, comentando assim sobre nosso estado atual de in√≠cio de crise clim√°tica e suas poss√≠veis consequ√™ncias, e levando em conta os nossos √Ęnimos pol√≠tico-empresariais cleptocratas/feudais. Essa ansiedade de ver-se atrelado a um futuro catastr√≥fico √© manejada com marcas caracter√≠sticas do autor: duas narrativas entrecortadas que se encontram cada vez mais, em um enredo detetivesco, com armas exuberantes, a presen√ßa de caprichos de milion√°rios, a excentricidade dos desejos e sua liga√ß√£o com a arte, e o final feliz. H√° √≥timas ideias - a boa utiliza√ß√£o do tropo da viagem do tempo (corretamente caracterizado pela teoria dos mundos poss√≠veis), a realidade aumentada dos perif√©ricos human√≥ides, o pr√≥prio jackpot (a cat√°strofe multifacetada e arrastada). H√° personagens interessantes como Wilf, Flynne e Ash, mas h√° muitos e alguns ficam relegados a segundo plano de modo n√£o muito convincente. O tempo do livro √© bastante r√°pido, com um clima de p√≠lulas pop, mas o enredo rocambolesco parece com isso perder um pouco da for√ßa, por n√£o deter-se em nenhum desenvolvimento maior.

Ps: a série também é legal, mas há a estranha sensação de similaridade com suficiente diferença que acaba fazendo com que ambas as obras se atrapalhem, como universos paralelos - a série aliás, desenvolve melhor os personagens, a custo da narrativa, que não descamba totalmente, mas se perde um pouco em incongruências televisivas. ( )
  henrique_iwao | Aug 22, 2023 |
Pretty slow start but very engaging story by the end.
  noiseislife | Aug 13, 2023 |
Neuromancer had clumsy enough prose that I never finished it, but Gibson, here, is sharp. The Peripheral reads more like a fast-moving procedural than a sci-fi story. It is chock full of ideas and philosophy, much of which is rewarding for later complemplative thought, but which doesn't particularly slow down the narrative while you are reading, which is a high compliment for something on the edge of hard sci-fi.

The characters are lots of fun, enough so that the TV adaptation literally jettisoned 90% of the narrative and still worked reasonably well (even if it inevitably turned nonsensical). ( )
  danieljensen | May 25, 2023 |
too many characters ( )
  fermentation | Apr 12, 2023 |
I loved every page of The Peripheral. ( )
  bookwrapt | Mar 31, 2023 |
Showing 1-5 of 88 (next | show all)
"The Gibson of The Peripheral is interested in ideas but he’s also very much interested in big-screen, popcorn-chewing thrills. Unlike more po-faced SF writers, he takes glee in kick-assery of an adolescent sort."
added by bookfitz | editThe Guardian, Sam Leith (Nov 19, 2014)
 
"The Peripheral" is engaged with serious ideas ‚ÄĒ the moral pressure of life in late capitalist society, the state of identity in a world of mingled gamer-selves, online-selves, physical-selves ‚ÄĒ and through them it achieves the strange effect of making our own accelerated days feel quaint, at least partially analog for a bit longer, "oddly optimistic," still yet to endure anything truly apocalyptic.
 
"What sets each book apart is the worldbuilding that surrounds that plot kernel. This time around, it’s particularly intriguing."
added by bookfitz | editKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 2014)
 
"All of Gibson’s characters are intensely real, and Flynne is a clever, compelling, stereotype-defying, unhesitating protagonist who makes this novel a standout."
added by bookfitz | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 1, 2014)
 

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
William Gibsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Achilles, GretchenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gray318Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hasselberger, RichardCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, LoreleiNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Belongs to Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
I have already told you of the sickness and confusion that comes with time travelling.

--H. G. Wells
Dedication
To Shannie
First words
They didn't think Flynne's brother had PTSD, but that sometimes the haptics glitched him.
Quotations
‚ÄúWhy aren‚Äôt you up in the future,‚ÄĚ Flynne asked him, ‚Äúflying your washing machine?‚ÄĚ
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010‚??s New York Times‚??bestselling Zero History.

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran‚??s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC‚??s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there‚??s a job he‚??s supposed to do‚??a job Flynne didn‚??t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He‚??s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That‚??s all there is to it. He‚??s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn‚??t what Burton told her to expect. It might be

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.89)
0.5
1 16
1.5
2 28
2.5 3
3 102
3.5 37
4 200
4.5 20
5 157

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 194,830,199 books! | Top bar: Always visible