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Zero History

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    The Blue Ant Trilogy Unfolds

    While light on action and heavy on atmosphere, Zero History is an intriguing and artful summation of Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. The story features yet another bizarre scheme by Hubertus Bigend, the menacingly curious founder of Blue Ant, a company seemingly without a purpose.
    Characters from Spook Country return to develop beyond what we knew them as in the past. Milgrim, now free of his crippling addiction, grows out of the schizoid shell he had been hiding in for over a decade, flirting with self-determinism and progressively confronting his anxieties. Hollis Henry, roped again into Bigend's employ, finds what has been missing in her life for so long, ironically while trapped in Blue Ant's web. Bigend, ever the inscrutable manipulator, maintains his paradoxical aura of menace and charm, but becomes more vulnerable than we have seen him in the past.
    This story is about Bigend's latest scheme; a power-grab for the one "recession-proof" gig in the fashion industry- military clothing contracts. Hollis and Milgrim are brought into Blue Ant's employ half against their will, having been tapped for qualities they don't know they possess. As the story unfolds, Bigend comes to realize that someone else is playing his game and taking the offensive to win.
    The end of the story has a plot twist that readers of the past books will most likely guess. However, If you are like me, you will be glad Gibson did what he did and would have been disappointed if he had not. The story will give you a sense of full-circle completion, but you will be sadly disappointed if you want meaningful answers as to what Blue Ant really is and what Bigend really aims to do with the company.
    Overall, I loved the book. A great deal of time was spent on detail and atmosphere and compared to the last two books, this one had the least action. But what were already colorful characters have grown beyond their core programming and actualized into something more interesting, more human... except for Bigend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    Maybe his best yet (no offense to Neuromancer)

    Gibson writes about the present, and it feels like science fiction. I have enjoyed the characters in Spook Country and Pattern Recognition and now I think they come to fruition in Zero History. Plus the spy-thriller ending was a lot of fun, and even the obligatory car chase scene was cool. Gibson is one of the those writers, like Neal Stephenson and Tom Robbins and Orson Scott Card, who have enough brains to be nuclear physicists. Instead, happily, he turned his talents to writing about the possible or maybe possible. I love the lightness in his writing in this book. It is like a scent that keeps pulling me forward. I like how he introduces terms and concepts, and manages to define or to explain them without breaking the flow of the story. I also got a distinct feeling for each characters. Most are pretty ambivalent, neither good nor bad, which seems like the real world to me. Gibson's first book, Neuromancer, blew my mind when it came out. I read it twice in 3 days! I've read every one of his books since and love them. I think he is at the top of his game. Btw, Zero History has a very cool concept, the ugliest T-shirt in the world. If you wear it in London, you are erased from the surveillance cameras. In the acknowledgements at the end, Gibson credited Bruce Sterling w/ helping him with that idea. How cool is it that Bruce would give Bill such a great idea, and that Bill would credit him for it? The BBC did a great interview with Gibson about the zeitgeist of Zero History. Search for "bbc William Gibson says the future is right here, right now".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Don't buy the eBook version

    I had a very hard time following this book and couldn't figure out why. I got about 200 pages into it before I just gave up.

    Turns out that there are a lot of pages missing from the eBook version. Chapters out of order missing parts of chapter. Refund? Nope!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

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    Funny Cultural Outlook!

    This book is amusing. I loved Milgrim's comments and "abbreviated" observations. I laughed out loud in many places. I dig Hollis.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Brain Food - put it on you list.

    Excellently written and edited. Gibson always takes us somewhere we haven't been. He is a one man meme factory.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

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    Still Cyberpunk

    Not the idiot chrome-and-guns that ruined it in the 90s. But the slick, clever, just on the edge of society kind of smart writing that made the genre. The main focus here is, oddly, clothing fashion, underground backroom secret fashion of the marketing elites. A rehabilitated drug addict with an uncanny ability to understand the street, and pissed of ex-rocker with a sense of fashion, and a man with more money than he really knows what to do with go hunted for the maker of a clothing brand so small that even those in the know don't know when a new pair of jeans will arrive. And the pop twist at the end, well, definitely worth the ride.

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