William Gibson: Zero History

Hese books I care not a jot for branding advertising fashion and trends and so much f these books are bound up in those themes that I struggled to stay awake in places Perhaps Gibson just isn t for me As always your mileage may vary Like a lot The Witches Ball of people the first book I ever read by William Gibson was Neuromancer and I still look backn that experience 25 years ago with relish and fondness It was the hippest book I d read up to that point and continued to be the hippest book I d ever read until Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson appeared ut f the publishing matrix There is a rawness to early books by great writers that sizzles and marinates the brain in beautiful technicolors I can feel the energy and excitement that the writer is conveying through his exploration f ur language to express himself As a writer gets lder and becomes a craftsman the writing becomes so much exuisite crisp and clinical Gibson is confident with where he is going and how he is going to take the reader there but that does create a victim The raw energy that drove his early books has been harnessed and the energy that used to be expended running hither and yon is now being held to the plow line What we miss now is seeing that greener pasture r glimpsing that mountain stream that is just The Deadline over the next hillZero History is really about clothes and the characters populating the novel are cutting edge cool The typef people that when they walk in somewhere everybody thinks I want to look like that I want TO BE that person and I m really nly the right pair f boots Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling or an ultra cool haircut away from beingne Ready to Restore of those peopleGibson is a great writer and from reading the afterward he had some really talented manuscript readers This book is almost too precise The conversations are all short and perfect The plot pulls you along without a bump I never had to stop and think about anything The characters were all so calm that I would swear they all just graduated from a Zen monastery I felt no tension no anxiety for the characters because everything always seemed like it was perfectly under control I enjoyed reading this book because I like hangingut with hip smart people I won t remember much about this book in five years and probably little r nothing after ten but if I decided to pull it ff the shelf and read it again I would enjoy it for all the same reasons as I did this time What I want from William Gibson is another vision Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of the future I don t want a rehashf Neuromancer I want the raw fever that conjurers up a future that I can barely wrap my head around I want to have to stop reading and take a nap so my brain can catch up and process where he is taking me I want the NEXT BEST THING and that is something that I believe Gibson is capable Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of giving us ifnly he would push himself and let that raw energy burn him up again Let the horse go Mr Gibson let the reins Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History out and let him run Hollis Henry an ex punk rockstar is called in to do another job for Hubertus Bigend and his PR company Blue Ant This time he wants her findut who designs a particularly underground clothing label Assisting her will be Milgrim the ex junkie who can translate Russian this is seriously his Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio only skill but given that Hollis has no skills at all it s a step up They wander Europen Blue Ant s Regarde, c'est maman ! obscenely expansive expense account asking people about the clothing label This is literally the entiretyf their plan to walk up to The Bricklayer other clothing designers and ask them if they know about this underground label Over andver again It doesn t result in After about page 100 I told Nicola that this book was about an insane search for awesome jeans but that Gibson is clearly ut f the loop because he thinks exclusive jeans might sell for 200 Australian dollars Yesterday she tells me what she thinks happens in the book without having read any Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of itA designer decides to make a pairf jeans ut f a magic carpet They are ne f a kind and priced accordingly 250 Obviously they Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West only appeal to multi millionairessesOne day such a multi millionairess walks into the shop and falls in love with the jeans However the jeans are a size 6 and she wears a size 12 She buys them anyway in spitef the exorbitant. Much so that he spoke it with his therapist in the secret Swiss clinic where Bigend paid for him to be cured Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off of his addiction Garreth doesn'twe Bigend a thing But he does have friends from whom he can call in the kinds f favors powerful people need

Gibson keeps his finger n the pulse We, the People of the zeitgeist in this third instalmentf the Blue Ant trilogy delivering a high tech internet dominated present which seems as futuristic as his cyberpunk SF novels In a world Single of industrial espionage iconic fashion and branding he highlights the amoral darker sidef marketing Can be read stand alone but I would advise readers new to Gibson s style to read it in seuenceExtract Brand vision transmission he said Yes She raised an eyebrow Narrative Consumers don t buy products so much as narratives That s ld she said It must be because I ve heard it before She took a sip f cooled coffee To some extent an idea like that becomes a self fulfilling prophecy Designers are taught to invent characters with narratives who they then design products for r around Standard procedure There are similar procedures for branding generally in the invention f new products new companies f all kinds So it works Oh it works he said but because it does it s become de facto Once you have a way in which things are done the edge migrates Goes elsewhere Where That s where you come in he saidReviewed n wwwwhichbooknet Warning spoilersHollis Henry female ex rock singer recent author f an art book and Milgrim male recovering drug addict are recruited by Hubertus Bigend male powerful marketer and financier to locate the designer f a secret brand Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of jeans Gracie male Special Forces pretender second rate arms dealer and military supplier wannabe is also interested in the brand and sends his men to follow Henry and Milgrim to Paris from London Milgrim finds the bug they re using to follow him and plants it in the baby carriagef a Russian mobster The mother s bodyguard beats up Foley Gracie s man who blames Milgrim and tries to kidnap himThe kidnapping fails and a companion The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of Milgrim s injures Foley Foley blames Milgrim again and kidnaps Chombo a key memberf Bigend s team then ffers to trade Chombo for Milgrim Garreth Henry s daredevil ex boyfriend shows up and rganizes a wildly hi tech rescue for Chombo Gracie and his associates are carted Rescuing a Werewolf off by government men Henry and Garreth decide to William Gibson builds his novels the way the way a sushi chef would build grand complicationsHere in the third volumef what might be called his Blue Ant trilogy he continues the process Making Women Pay of refining and stripping story down to its essential elements leaving room for the seductive arcanaf his finely tuned GloomCookie obsessions The edgeworld fetishes that have always been the materiaf true import in Gibson s work The extra space in the narrative also allows for a stronger showing than we ve seen in his recent novels f the dense machine language poetry disguised as prose that made such an impact in Neuromancer Deeper excursions into commodity theory are given a free rein as wellWhat we end up with is a boutiue novel Highly stylized and seemingly narrowcasted but unmistakably well made from the finest materials available AllI can say is that this review written by someone else is spot nBy Viking Los Angeles USA See all my reviews Verified PurchaseWhat s this This review is from Zero History Hardcover ZERO GRAVITAS The Play Bigend HollisI need to spend insane amounts The Jesuit of moneyn vague nothingnessand you being a woman With Bound Hands of dubious talents and with no graspf finances need a job Hollis I knowit s truepouts Milgrim Whowhatoh Hollis I m being followedor maybe notoooo weird wallpaperwhy hasn t my boyfriend called Milgrim iPhone Bigend Peel me a grapehere s 100000I need you in Ulan Bator at 2500 hoursSomething may Rim of the Pit or may notccur Milgrim Whowhatwill there be snacks Hollis He s talking to mewell will thereI mean You Can Beat the Odds okaypouts Fiona You may be under surveillan Well here I am at the endf the Blue Ant trilogy and I m left feeling about the same as I did throughout the entire thing The books are undeniably intelligently written but that s about all they are in my pinionAt no point did Gibson make me care about the characters r their activities Their goals were uninteresting the world they inhabited was uninteresting and I just couldn t raise my interest level above a resounding meh Perhaps it s just my disinterest in a lot f the themes explored in Hollis Henry never intended to work for global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend again But now she’s broke and Bigend has just the thing to get her back in the game Milgrim can disappear in almost any setting and his Russian is perfectly idiomatic so.

Price but then succumbs to bulimia while trying to slim down to fit themThe jeans are willed to the woman s niece played by Anne Hathaway Hathaway is a size zero r something but she really wants to wear the magic flying carpet flying jeans so she starts bulking up Once she s finally a size 6 she discovers that she s gained too much weight in the hips and not enough in the waist they just don t fit right Also her boyfriend dumps her and her career is ruined because she s now a fattyHer agent rganizes a reality TV show with Anne as the host called Who Fits Size 6 The winner gets to keep the magical magic flying jeans Women from all ver the country go n the show to try n the jeans but discover to their chagrin that the jeans are too small They are all size 8 women who have been fooled by America s vanity sizing and the magical magic flying carpet magic flying magic jeans are a true size 6 The endNot bad really William Gibson is the Jay Z Baltimore Catechism No. 2 of his genre I think I can t be sure as I don t listen to much rap few 41 yearld men should say hip hop any Let me explain I have long admired Jay Z s effortless delivery and the joy with which he seems to embrace his talents he sounds like he knows he s good values his craft and enjoys the hell ut f what he does And although William Gibson is uieter and uh Canadian I felt the same way about the author while reading Zero HistoryAfter the have to admit it was kind The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects of a letdown Spook Country Gibson proceeds with Zero History as if he has a nerdy chipn his shoulder He sparkles in detail and rhythm interspersing long wraparound sentences with short noiresue dialogue The characterizations are taut and durable This book s natural partner both in theme and uality is Pattern Recognition In both novels Gibson scythes through cultural static and creates a present that while swirling all around us seems just beyond ur comprehension I don t want to make this novel sound like homework Reading Gibson when he s n point One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones or anywhere close ton point is exhilarating Throughout Zero History he blends thematic depth with intricate industrial espionage and thank God reads as if he s locking in Just Joking on whatever it is that makes him so excellent He like the self proclaimed greatest rapper alive makes it look easy I don t know from what roborant Gibson s been drinking but please don t stop now The flow between the three Bigend books Zero History is the thirdf a trilogy troubled me I read both Pattern Recognition and Spook Country so long ago that I felt as if I were missing from faulty memory subtle links between the novels Listen You ve probably already formed an pinion n Mr Gibson If you like his work you ll understand when I say Zero History is Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) onef his best If you ve never read Gibson start with Pattern Recogition and work your way through the trilogy Although I doubt he d be so bold as to speak up BENAAMI on hiswn he s ne f the greatest writers aliveAlso Tad RULES for getting me an autographed copy inscribed to me f Zero History I am forever in your debt sir The Devil Wears Prada meets James BondThe third in his Blue Ant series published in 2010 William Gibson s Zero History is not really a part f a trilogy the three books all being The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais only loosely connected and yet this is thene in which he most completely defines his subjectMore about keeping secrets than advertising Huburtus Bigend is the artful dodger Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! of Gibson s man behind the man behind the man fashionable psychological thriller Gibson is able to intricately describe how drug value is as much about prohibition as about the effect The cantf making something valuable is as simple as Economics 101 supply versus demand and yet Gibson is able to focus ur attention into a narrow laser like forced perspective f the psychic roots Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery of international coolGibson s narrative style is tightly wound yet exhibiting laid back sophistication The real key to his successful story telling is his uniue ability to describe great detail with a minimumf narration His attention to detail is impeccable and this adds to the uality Disowned of his storylineWilliam Gibson shares his backstreet London bacon and eggs brunch with the world s most interesting man and he was wearing Klein blue. Hen things go sideways They all have something Bigend wants as he finds himselfutmaneuvered and adrift after a Department Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of Defense contract for combat wear turnsut to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy they can ut Bigend Bigend himse.

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See this thread for informationWilliam Ford Gibson is an American Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel Neuromancer1984 which has sold than 65 million copies worldwideWhile his early writing took the form of short stories Gibson has since written nine critically acclaimed novels one in collaboration contributed articles to several major publications and has collaborated extensively with performance artists filmmakers and musicians His thought has been cited as an influence on science fiction authors academia cyberculture and technology William Gibson 2007 October 17 In Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 2030 October 19 2007 from