read me, baby

Been reading. We’ll start with William Gibson’s ZERO HISTORY: it’s somewhere between SPOOK COUNTRY and PATTERN RECOGNITION. It’s not as breathless as PATTERN, but not as bloodless as SPOOK COUNTRY. It has the same amazingly tense anticlimax as both its predecessors and it has the same amazing use of language and culture. It also has space penguins.

And it’s a bit pat: Gibson is maybe wrapping his loose ends too tightly, but given the incredible level of serendipity that the intertubes creates, maybe that’s ok. It is, regardless, vital reading for the year 2010. Gibson throws you into the NOW more than maybe any other author.