Pattern Recognition

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Penguin UK, Jun 24, 2004 - Fiction - 368 pages
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'Part-detective story, part-cultural snapshot . . . all bound by Gibson's pin-sharp prose' Arena

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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BLUE ANT TRILIOGY - READ ZERO HISTORY AND SPOOK COUNTRY FOR MORE

Cayce Pollard has a new job. She's been offered a special project: track down the makers of an addictive online film that's lighting up the internet. Hunting the source will take her to Tokyo and Moscow and put her in the sights of Japanese hackers and Russian Mafia men. She's up against those who want to control the film, to own it - who figure breaking the law is just another business strategy.

The kind of people who relish turning the hunter into the hunted . . .

A gripping spy thriller by William Gibson, bestselling author of Neuromancer. Part prophesy, part satire, Pattern Recognition skewers the absurdity of modern life with the lightest and most engaging of touches. Readers of Neal Stephenson, Ray Bradbury and Iain M. Banks won't be able to put this book down.

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'Fast, witty and cleverly politicized' Guardian

'A big novel, full of bold ideas . . . races along like an expert thriller' GQ

'Dangerously hip. Its dialogue and characterization will amaze you. A wonderfully detailed, reckless journey of espionage and lies'
USA Today

'A compelling, humane story with a sympathetic heroine searching for meaning and consolation in a post-everything world' Daily Telegraph

'Electric, profound. Gibson's descriptions of Tokyo, Russia and London are surreally spot-on' Financial Times

 

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User Review  - nosborm - LibraryThing

This took a while to build on me but it definitely has Gibson's signature world building weirdness. Not as prophetic as neuromancer but it still has that same cyberpunk noir setting I love. In a world not unlike our own in the not at all future. Looking forward to reading more. Read full review

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User Review  - wishanem - LibraryThing

I haven't read a lot of William Gibson's non-cyberpunk books, so I was expecting this story to take a turn towards the Sci-Fi for about a third of this volume. Instead, it remained a modern-day ... Read full review

Contents

The Website of Dreadful Night
Bitch
The Attachment
Math Grenades
What They Deserve
The Match Factory
The Proposition
Watermark
Jack Moves Jane Faces
Boone
Apophenia
Little Boat
The Gaijin Face of Bikkle
Singularity
Going Mobile
Copyright

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William Gibson is credited with having coined the term "cyberspace" and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. His first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide, and Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed the trilogy. He has written six further novels about the strange contemporary world we inhabit. His most recent novels include Spook Country, Zero History and The Peripheral. His non-fiction collection, Distrust That Particular Flavour, compiles assorted writings and journalism from across his career.

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