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50 Books: Books 35, 36 & 37

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Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson

In anticipation of getting my hand son a copy of Gibson's new Spook Country, I picked up Mona Lisa Overdrive.  This was the first Gibson book I ever read in 1991 or so.  I devoured it and immediately went a read the reset of the Neuromancer trilogy in backwards order.  The story still engaged my after all these years.  Indeed, maybe I found a little more in it, since I could actually get all the references it made back to the initial books.  Great, amazing fiction.  If you have even the vaguest interest in this genre and you haven't yet read this trilogy, you should totally pick it up.

Spook Country, William Gibson

Oh, Mr. Gibson, I've had a nerd crush on you for so long.  I know other love you devoutly for the characters you've given us and the worlds you you so perfectly create, but for me it's all in your use of language.  Your writing is spare, clean and tight and yet more evocative than almost anything I've ever read.  I read your books and despair that I should ever try to be a writer and am re-invigorated again to at least try to approximate some of your magic.  Spook Country is an amazing commentary on our current world.  It contains spectacular metaphorical descriptions on the use of information and the net in our world.  Your characters seems fantastical and completely out of this world, yet so fully formed and so perfectly real that it seems impossible that you created them. Please never stop writing.  All the love in my heart, Cracker Jack Heart

Count Zero, William Gibson

Stupidly, after finishing Spook Country, I sent it off to a friend.  I needed to share it with someone, but alas, I didn't have it to read it all over again.  Fortunately I found a copy of Count Zero in used bookstore in Philadelphia.  This middle in the Neuromancer trilogy is one that I lost long ago.  It's the only book of his I've never re-read over the years.  It stands up as well as Mona Lisa did.  You can actually see the proto-Hollis (from Spook Country) here in Marly.  Gibson's prose hasn't yet reached perfection here, in the intervening 29 years he;s certainly perfected it, but the bone so fit are visible in Count Zero and it's no less enjoyable for being one if his early works.

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Author: Ajax Bell

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One thought on “50 Books: Books 35, 36 & 37

  1. I didn't read Count Zero, but it was on my list. I have a very old WG book. I have to find it and dust it off.

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