Some recent reads

I thought I should take a few minutes to comment on the last few books I’ve read….

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson [5/5]

William Gibson has been one of my favorite writers ever since I first got my hands on a copy of Neuromancer many years ago. While I’ve always found his ideas interesting, it’s the way he writes that has always been, for me, the best part of his work. Maybe that’s why I found his second set of books, Virtual Light, Idoru, and All Tomorrow’s Parties, more appealing than some of his fans did. While the ideas may not have been as strong as they were in his first three books, the prose, in my opinion, got even better.

So, when I first heard about Pattern Recognition, and then started to read the often glowing early reviews that described it as Gibson’s best book since Neuromancer, I was, to say the least, excited.

The novel itself did not in any way disappoint.

As many others have said, Gibson did a brilliant job with his story, set in the current day (or very near future). He captured a lot of points about a side of society that many of us who spend a good part of our time here on the net might find very familiar, but he adds in twists that somehow make it all seem more interesting than just the day-to-day interactions that we take for granted. I found Cayce to be a very interesting character, and the plot managed to pretty much hook me from the beginning. Oh yeah, and the way Gibson put words together in his own particular style was brilliant, as always.

I highly recommend this book for all William Gibson fans, especially those who may have felt let down by his past few books, and I think it’d also make a fine starting place for someone who has never read any Gibson at all.

Silk by Caitlin R. Kiernan [4/5]

Jennifer recommended this one to me when we spotted a copy in a used book store a year or two ago, but I didn’t get around to actually reading it until just recently. Caitlin R. Kiernan is another author who, like William Gibson, has a writing style that is all her own, and I actually had kind of a hard time making the shift from Gibson’s style to hers. Once I settled into things though, I found Silk to be a weird, compelling, spooky read, and I’m very much looking forward to her upcoming book with the same characters (which is currently going to be called Murder of Angels).

I’d highly recommend Silk to any fan of well-written horror that strays off the beaten path.

Eternity’s End by Jeffrey A. Carver [2/5]

This was the book I started after I finished Silk, and I never finished it. Maybe it simply suffered from comparisons to the last two novels I’d read, or maybe I was just anxious to get on to my next read [keep your eyes peeled for anything by Elizabeth Bear], but I found what I read of Eternity’s End to be rather average and kind of dull. I also had a hard time caring at all about the lead character, though I got the distinct impression that I was supposed to actually like him.

I only got about 175pp into the book before I gave up, so maybe my opinion on this one should be taken with a grain of salt, but I doubt I’ll ever go back and read the rest of it.

One Response to “Some recent reads”

  1. Amanda Pettit Says:

    I have actually had the pleasure of reading some of “Murder of Angels” by Kiernan. A teacher at my school read a part of it (he is a gothic writer also) at a gothic poetry reading, and i can’t even describe to you how cool it sounds….if you like girls barfing up black widows then you’ll love her new book ;)