A new compilation of essays and articles from novelist William Gibson, offering listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped our culture.
"A provocative, surprising look at the lesser-known parts of a sci-fi superstar's writing career." (Kirkus)
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Revelation of a complex mind -- YES
- Amazon Customer
Mostly for Gibson Fans
I would have enjoyed hearing more.
The Art of Fielding
Gibson's description of his experience of Tokyo
No. It's episodic non-fiction without a unifying thread that might tie a documentary together.
Narrator Robertson Dean's voice and style is familiar from Gibson fiction titles he's performed. In general, I think it suits the material well, though in this non-fiction title, it's the writer himself he's portraying, and I think at times Dean comes off as more callow than I like to imagine Gibson being.
For fans of Gibson's fiction, this collection of short, non-fiction work gives a worthwhile look behind the scenes at the places and impressions that start his creative engine running. As it is more nearly journalism than anything else, it lacks the depth and startling cognitive associations that I much admire in his fiction. If you are new to Gibson, this is not the place to start. Better to listen to Neuromancer from the vanguard of cyberpunk, or Pattern Recognition for an all too plausible GIbsonian near-future.
- S. Murphy