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Zero History

I’m reviewing William Gibson’s new one, Zero History, for The Australian, so I can’t really talk about it here, but just to whet your appetite, here’s a trailer for it. It’s a little brief, compared to the trailer for Spook Country, and I’m not sure Gibson’s voice is really strong enough to drown out the soundtrack, but as the excerpt in the trailer suggests, it’s the book where the seemingly unconnected post-Iraq paranoia of Spook Country meets Pattern Recognition’s fascination with branding and the corporatisation of culture. I’d just say enjoy, but it’d be remiss of me not to suggest that if you haven’t read Pattern Recognition (or indeed Neuromancer and Virtual Light) you should do so immediately: it’s one of the best books of the last decade, and along with Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker, by far the best piece of writing to come out of the convulsions that began with September 11, 2001.

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  1. Sounds positively educational, James, and I look forward to the review. I blush to admit that Neuromancer sits on the shelves here, waiting till I feel clever enough to tackle it.

    I’d almost rather read Gravity’s Rainbow again…

    August 5, 2010
  2. btw that comment is meant to be deeply self-deprecating 😀

    August 5, 2010
  3. godardsletterboxes #

    Excitement. Some days I wish I had your job. Can’t wait.

    August 5, 2010
  4. Adser #

    Liked Pattern Recognition – didn’t quite love it, a tad too nihilistic for me. I’ll give Zero History a burl.
    As for Gravity’s Rainbow… kill me now! 😉

    August 6, 2010
  5. Had the why-I-don’t-love-Pynchon-though-I know-I-should debate with somebody else a few days ago so won’t revisit that here (and you read it, anyway), but interested you found Pattern Recognition nihilistic: I didn’t, but I’m certain one of the things I liked about it was its sense of woundedness, and its refusal to try and resolve its response to the events at its centre.

    August 6, 2010

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