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Allison (3003)

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Sunday June 19, 2005
02:16 AM

Gibson

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I never finished Neuromancer. I slogged about half-way through the book, then realized I didn't really care what happened to the characters, or even if I found out what happened on the next page of the book. So, I put it back on the shelf and never picked it up again.

I just finished Pattern Recognition. It's a great book. I couldn't put it down (I read the last half of the book today, after getting home from visiting my son). It's some strange combination of Lost in Translation, Minority Report (the movie, not the original), a Robert Ludlum novel (pick any one), and my life, and it really works.

Not sure about the ending. It still feels a bit funny. But I won't say more to avoid spoilers.

So, why the difference? Usually, if I dislike a book enough to shove it aside, I never like any of the author's work. <shrug>

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  • I don’t know why either. But with regard to Gibson I can relate. I did read Neuromancer and liked it, but it was a difficult read. At various stretches, I had to force myself to keep reading (particularly at first), while at other times when all the parts came together, it was a first-grade page turner. And then suddenly there’d be another slow patch in the middle of it. On the whole I liked it, though. So I tried to read the rest of the trilogy, but I couldn’t manage – there were pa

    • I've never read John Brunner, I try him.

      Jack Chalker's Wonderland Gambit series had a similar feel to Neuromancer, but I enjoyed it. It's part of why I picked up Neuromancer.

      • Try the Shockwave Rider [wikipedia.org] first then. Quoting Wikipedia on Brunner [wikipedia.org]:

        Brunner’s best-known work is perhaps 1975’s proto-Cyberpunk The Shockwave Rider, in which he coined the term “worm”, used to describe software which reproduces itself across a computer network.

        He also managed a fairly impressive extrapolation of the way a virtually omnipresent computer network would affect people’s lives, in that book.

        You may want to plan on reading this book at least twice (eventually

      • I liked John Brunner, but I read a couple of his novels back-to-back, and now I can't tell them apart.

        Some of his novels, like Shockwave Rider and The Tides of Time are sui generis. Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up are two of his better works, somewhat similar (yet totally unrelated stories), and remain forever entwined in my mind. ;-)

  • I may be biased (I like the early Gibson just as much as his more recent work) but maybe you should try reading his books in reverse order of publication :-)

    To my eyes there has been a pretty linear progression in style from Neuromancer to Pattern Recognition, so you may also like his later books like "All Tomorrow's Parties".

    • I'll add him to my list. It may take me a while to get to his books. I don't get much time to read these days, so familiar enjoyable authors and new authors get a higher priority than familiar authors with a 50% chance of disappointing me.

      If what you say about a linear progression in his style is true, maybe I'll only read what he writes in the future. :)

  • I keep intending to finish reading Neuromancer. I got about halfway through, as well, and just haven't been inspired enough to find my way to the end. I'll take a look at Pattern Recognition. Thanks for the hint :)