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eBook Spook Country ePub
Language: English
ISBN: 0670914967
ISBN13: 978-0670914968
Publisher: Putnam
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
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Spook Country is a 2007 novel by speculative fiction author William Gibson.

Spook Country is a 2007 novel by speculative fiction author William Gibson. A political thriller set in contemporary North America, it followed on from the author's previous novel, Pattern Recognition (2003), and was succeeded in 2010 by Zero History, which featured much of the same core cast of characters.

G. p. putnam’s sons, new york. Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Last updated September 28, 2019. 2007 Book by William Gibson.

Earlier the track had passed near streets of tiny row houses, in neighborhoods where poverty seemed to have been as efficient as the neutron bomb was said to be.

William Gibson heir windows were of glass. The houses themselves seemed to belong less to another time than to another country; Belfast perhaps, after some sectarian biological attack. The shells of Japanese cars in the streets, belly down on bare rims. But past Philadelphia, and after taking another tablet, Milgrim began to catch glimpses of spectral others, angels perhaps.

William Gibson: It’s a book in which shadowy and mysterious characters are using New York’s smallest crime family, a sort of boutique operation of smugglers and so-called illegal facilitators, to get something into North America. And you have to hang around to the end of the book to find out what they’re doing. So I guess it’s a caper novel in that regard. com: The line on your last book, Pattern Recognition was that the present had caught up with William Gibson’s future

Spook Country - a gripping spy thriller by William Gibson, bestselling author of Neuromancer. Readers of Neal Stephenson, Ray Bradbury and Iain M. Banks will love this book. Spook Country is the second novel in the Blue Ant trilogy - read Pattern Recognition and Zero History for more.

Spook Country - a gripping spy thriller by William Gibson, bestselling author of Neuromancer. William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy.

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Tito is in his early twenties.

A devastatingly precise reflection of the American zeitgeist. The Washington Post Book World.

The cool and scary (San Francisco Chronicle) New York Times bestseller from the author of Pattern Recognition and Neuromancer. spook (spo͞ok) . A specter; a ghost. Slang for intelligence agent. country (ˈkən-trē) . In the mind or in reality. A devastatingly precise reflection of the American zeitgeist. The cool and scary (San Francisco Chronicle) New York Times bestseller from the author of Pattern Recognition and Neuromancer.

Once in a great while a book comes along that transcends the events written about and explains something of deep and cosmic importance. I was stunned by the real story, uncoiling like an invisible serpent of stars, behind the "on the page" story of a woman hired to possibly write for a new magazine, and a parallel story of intrigue amongst a motley collection of spies. These stories coil around each other like a DNA helix to create a new being, a glimpse into a future that could go so wrong or incredibly right. This is Hollis in Wonderland as told by Gibson, a sci-fi cyber punk writer of epic proportions. I am practically obsessed with this book, both in print and the audio read in an intimate and engaging way by the incomparable Robertson Dean. The story is interdimensional, with so many levels to explore I can get lost in a single sentence like a maze that opens doors in my own mind. I didn't just read this book, I experienced it like a psychedelic trip down a white Lego lined rabbit hole.
First off, let me say I'm a huge Gibson fan. I've worn through a couple of copies of the books in the Neuromancer series, enough that I've had to buy new ones, and have read the others not in that series as well. I have, thus far, enjoyed everything he's written on one level or another.

Spook Country, while good, was not his best work by a long shot.

In other books, I feel that cyberpunk "edge," be it in the characters, in the technology or topics discussed, etc. In this one, the technology aspect revolves around GPS and "locative art." Locative art was a new concept to me, just as some of the other concepts were new to me when I read the other books, but with the others, I came out caring and interested - with this one, I didn't care about locative art. It just didn't add anything or bring that edge with it that I expected.

The characters in the book were decent, though I felt like maybe there were too many, or the ones that were there didn't have enough depth. The main character I cared about, but the others I just didn't. Some were intriguing and I wanted to know more, but it just wasn't delivered.

The plot was reminiscent of something from a Robert Ludlum novel, but without the page-turning action. There were spies, people with no names doing dead-drops of information for other folks to pick up, and tailing people, but you didn't get the action that it felt like the plot warranted.

The three key things that bugged me:

1) Gibson's writing style has changed such that, you'll see, he writes in very long, winding, complex sentences with lots of adjectives and commas, and maybe an odd metaphor thrown in, so that, by the time you reach the end of the sentence, which is really a paragraph in-and-of-itself, you'll have forgotten what he was talking about at the beginning. (Just like that.)

2) By the time the climax comes, you're expecting something really cool to happen, but it doesn't. You work all the way through the book to get to this one particular event, it happens, and... poof. It's done, nothing comes of it, and you don't care. It's like the event never happened at all. (Which, admittedly, is sort of a theme here - it's spies doing things under the radar, so you don't notice. But the climax? Come on, throw me a bone!)

3) In many of his other books, Gibson throws in references to vodou-based religions and gods. Sometimes it's just an aspect of a character, sometimes it has to do directly with the plot, but in all cases it weaves in reasonably well with the story. This time, too, there are vodou references, but they don't make any sense. They stick out there as a distraction, like an afterthought - "Oh, crap, I finished the book but didn't throw any vodou in there!" I kept wondering where it was going, just to find out that it didn't have anything to do with anything.

In the end, I did like the book, but if you haven't read any Gibson before, start with Neuromancer instead.
Trash Obsession
There are few authors whose entire literary output I've read, but William Gibson falls firmly inside that camp. From the ground-breaking Neuromancer, which I originally read when I was a teenager in the early 1990's, through Spook Country, the second Gibson novel set in the "real" world, he has explored the cultural shifts created by technology and has proven more accurate and relevant than almost every other author working in speculative fiction. Now that much of what he imagined has come to pass (either through the world mimicking his work, or merely catching up to it), he's now commenting on the impact of technology.

Spook Country follows three characters -- Hollis, the former lead singer of a semi-successful indie rock band, Tito, the young member of a Cuban "boutique" crime family, and Milgrim, an addict who has somehow fallen in with a mysterious intelligence agent called Brown. All are swept up into the search for a cargo container that keeps shuffling around the GPS grid, a search that will eventually lead them to converge in a single place.

McGuffins are nothing new to Gibson's novels, used primarily as a vehicle for exploring societal shifts, and the shipping container in Spook Country is no exception. In this case, however, he uses a McGuffin to examine the impact of computer-generated worlds on our own perception of reality, the atemporal nature of celebrity (including an interesting mediation on the trust that people are willing to invest in celebrities, who would otherwise be strangers to them), Iraq war profiteering, Bush-era paranoia and the infusion of pagan religion into contemporary Catholicism.

There is a startling array of threads and ideas spun out of Gibson's mystery shipping container, and although the ending is not as satisfying as his past works, the ideas he brings up are definite worth exploring.

This may not be Gibson's best book (I'm still partial to Virtual Light), but it's certainly an entertaining and thought-provoking of life in the mid-oughties. Definitely recommended to both old fans and novices alike.
Abandoned Electrical
Well-written, good characters, I think. I've enjoyed Gibson before... I'm not sure why, but I get about 5 pages into this book, and I am so bored I can't stand it. I have exactly the same response to Steven King novels, so you might really love this book. (Of course, if you can't tell, I am totally bored by suspense.)
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