All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties

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All Tomorrow's Parties 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You are most of the way through William Gibson's new book, All Tomorrow's Parties, when you first run across it-'1911.' That's right, a date in the past. A coherent sense of history is one of the first things that Gibson (and his horde of imitators, known as cyberpunks) jettisoned when 1984's classic Neuromancer signaled arrival. This new sense of time is not just because All Tomorrow's Parties, the conclusion to Gibson's second trilogy, is set in the near future, only a few decades away; instead, it is indicative of the ambitiousness of his new novel. Gibson has brought back almost all of the major and minor characters from Virtual Light and Idoru, plus he has added a handful of memorable new characters, all while he's thrown their world into a massive upheaval. Something important is about to happen and Colin Laney, who is able to see patterns in the constant information flow, is one of the first to realize it. Meanwhile, the 5-SB, which gave Laney his skills, has also caused him to become obsessed with Harwood, a rich socialite who is perhaps the only other human to realize the sheer magnitude of what is about to occur. While the Neuromancer trilogy dealt with the implications of true artificial intelligence-this subject had been dealt with many times in science fiction-All Tomorrow's Parties deals, ultimately, with the more ambitious problems of identity, causal relationships, and the ever-blurring line between human and machine. All these conflicts come to a climax in an apocalyptic setting that brings a satisfying, if disturbing, close to Gibson's second trilogy; as always, the questions that Gibson's ending bring up are more important than any sense of closure might have brought.
Anonymous 26 days ago
There's two stories here, and actions thriller which has I thoroughly enjoyed and a metaphysical description of time and data which is beyond my Ken. It is the latter that made this a four experience rather than a five.
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Mariah. Wth. Grosss. Ugh.
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In All Tomorrow's Parties, the conclusion to the Bridge Trilogy, Gibson draws together most of the characters from Virtual Light and Idoru to the near-future, post-earthquake San Francisco Bay Bridge. Colin Laney, able to read patterns in fields of data due to an experimental drug he was given as a young orphan, is convinced that a large change is about to overtake the world as we know it. Laney is living in a cardboard box in the Tokyo subways, obsessed with Cody Harwood, a Bill Gates-type figure who is also convinced that a change in the world is near, but he is looking to profit from it. Gibson's strength lies in his writing style and his richly-developed characters, but it seems like he forgot to finish the plot. Certainly, All Tomorrow's Parties doesn't delve further into the nature of artificial life, as we would expect after the excellent Idoru. Although the plot never really comes together for a satisfying ending, Parties is a typically fascinating, frustrating Gibson experience. If nothing else, read the Boomzilla chapters for the most hilarious character since Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then wheres the cake