…early 2003 when a book called “Pattern Recognition” was released.
This time, the rhythms spelled out “Spook Country”, and, following their instructions, I quickly pre-ordered it from Amazon.
For some strange reason, I am compelled to has all first editions of William Gibson’s books that I can find. My only failure thus far has been finding a first edition hardcover of ‘Virtual Light’ that’s in decent condition.
I love “Neuromancer“. I think it is my single most read book. I’ve actually just started it for what has to be the 8th time.
From Amazon’s “Spook Country” page:
Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer.
Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn’t exist yet, which is fine; she’s used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It’s odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much. Which she doesn’t; she can’t afford to.
Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn’t survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can’t say, but it seems to be military in nature. At least, Milgrim’s very nuanced Russian would seem to be a big part of it, as would breaking into locked rooms.
Bobby Chombo is a “producer,” and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.
Pattern Recognition was a bestseller on every list of every major newspaper in the country, reaching #4 on the New York Times list. It was also a BookSense top ten pick, a WordStock bestseller, a best book of the year for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Economist, and a Washington Post “rave.”
Spook Country is the perfect follow-up to Pattern Recognition, which was called by The Washington Post (among many glowing reviews), “One of the first authentic and vital novels of the twenty-first century.”
About the Author
William Gibson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and their two children.