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Were So Calm That I Would Swear They All all calm that I would swear they all graduated from a monastery I felt no tension no anxiety for the characters because verything always seemed like it was perfectly under control I The Exiles Gallery enjoyed reading this book because I like hanging out with hip smart people I won t remember much about this book in five years and probably little or nothing after ten but if I decided to pull it off the shelf and read it again I wouldnjoy it for all the same reasons as I did this time What I want from William Gibson is another vision of the future I don t want a rehash of Neuromancer I want the raw fever that conjurers up a future that I can barely wrap my head around I want to have to stop reading and take a nap so my brain can catch up and process where he is taking me I want the NEXT BEST THING and that is something that I believe Gibson is capable of giving us if only he would push himself and let that raw Dislocating China energy burn him up again Let the horse go Mr Gibson let the reins out and let him run William Gibson builds his novels the way the way a sushi chef would build grand complicationsHere in the third volume of what might be called his Blue Ant trilogy he continues the process of refining and stripping story down to itsssential Childerley elements leaving room for the seductive arcana of his finely tuned obsess The Devil Wears Prada meets James BondThe third in his Blue Ant series published in 2010 William Gibson s Zero History is not really a part of a trilogy the three books all being only loosely connected and yet this is the one in which he most completely defines his subjectMore about keeping secrets than advertising Huburtus Bigend is the artful dodger of Gibson s man behind the man behind the man fashionable psychological thriller Gibson is able to intricately describe how drug value is as much about prohibition as about theffect The cant of making something valuable is as simple as Economics 101 supply versus demand and yet Gibson is able to focus our attention into a narrow laser like forced perspective of the psychic roots of international coolGibson s narrative style is tightly wound yet Cultural Excursions exhibiting laid back sophistication The real key to his successful story telling is his uniue ability to describe great detail with a minimum of narration His attention to detail is impeccable and this adds to the uality of his storylineWilliam Gibson shares his backstreet London bacon andggs brunch with the world s most interesting man and he was wearing Klein blue Hollis Henry an Cruelty and Laughter ex punk rockstar is called in to do another job for Hubertus Bigend and his PR company Blue Ant This time he wants her find out who designs a particularly underground clothing label Assisting her will be Milgrim thex junkie who can translate Russian this is seriously his only skill but given that Hollis has no skills at all it s a step up They wander Europe on Blue Ant s obscenely Cop Knowledge expansivexpense account asking people about the clothing label This is literally the Cultural Aesthetics entirety of their plan to walk up to other clothing designers and ask them if AllI can say is that this review written by someonelse is spot onBy Viking Los Angeles USA See all my reviews Verified PurchaseWhat s this This review is from Zero History Hardcover ZERO GRAVITAS The Play Bigend HollisI need to spend insane amounts of money on vague nothingnessand you being a woman of dubious talents and with no grasp of finances need a job Hollis I knowit s truepouts Milgrim Whowhatoh Hollis I m being followedor maybe notoooo weird wallpaperwhy hasn t my boyfriend called Milgrim iPhone Bigend Peel me a grapehere s 100000I need you in Ulan Bator at 2500 hoursSomething may or may not occur Milgrim Whowhatwill there be snacks Hollis He s talking to mewell will thereI mean okaypouts Fiona You may be under surveillancemotorcycles are cool Garreth I know a very interesting rich guyNo you don t get to meet himoh and I watched 2 seasons of The Unit Evil Spec Ops Villain off screen I killed an Class and Conformity entire Afghani village with a dead parrotnow I steal fashion designs and forgotverything I Descartes and His Contemporaries ever learned in sniper school Secret Clothing Designer I am too cool toyou knowlike sell OUTyou knowoh my god Everyone Aren t we PRECIOUSHugs all around FIN Gibson keeps his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist in this third instalment of the Blue Ant trilogy delivering a high tech internet dominated present which seems as futuristic as his cyberpunk SF novels In a world of industrialspionage iconic fashion and branding he highlights the amoral darker side of marketing Can be read stand alone but I would advise readers new to Gibson s style to read it in seuenceExtract Brand vision transmission he said Yes She raised an High Tide at Midnight eyebrow Narrative Consumers don t buy products so much as narratives That s old she said It must be because I ve heard it before She took a sip of cooled coffee To somextent an idea like that becomes a self fulfilling prophecy Designers are taught to invent characters with narratives who they then design products for or around Standard procedure There are similar procedures for branding generally Hen things go sideways They all have something Bigend wants as he finds himself outmaneuvered and adrift after a Department of Defense contract for combat wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy they can out Bigend Bigend himse.
William Gibson Á 6 free readAfter about page 100 I told Nicola that this book was about an insane search for awesome jeans but that Gibson is clearly out of the loop because he thinks Education and Equality exclusive jeans might sell for 200 Australian dollars Yesterday she tells me what she thinks happens in the book without having read any of itA designer decides to make a pair of jeans out of a magic carpet They are one of a kind and priced accordingly 250 Obviously they only appeal to multi millionairessesOne day such a multi millionairess walks into the shop and falls in love with the jeans However the jeans are a size 6 and she wears a size 12 She buys them anyway in spite of thexorbitant price but then succumbs to bulimia while trying to slim down to fit themThe jeans are willed to the woman s niece played by Anne Hathaway Hathaway is a size zero or something but she really wants to wear the magic flying carpet flying jeans so she starts bulking up Once she s finally a size 6 she discovers that she s gained too much weight in the hips and not Deceptive Beauties enough in the waist they just don t fit right Also her boyfriend dumps her and her career is ruined because she s now a fattyHer agent organizes a reality TV show with Anne as the host called Who Fits Size 6 The winner gets to keep the magical magic flying jeans Women from all over the country go on the show to try on the jeans but discover to their chagrin that the jeans are too small They are all size 8 women who have been fooled by America s vanity sizing and the magical magic flying carpet magic flying magic jeans are a true size 6 ThendNot bad really Well here I am at the Dangerous Work end of the Blue Ant trilogy and I m left feeling about the same as I did throughout thentire thing The books are undeniably intelligently written but that s about all they are in my opinionAt no point did Gibson make me care about the characters or their activities Their goals were uninteresting the world they inhabited was uninteresting and I just couldn t raise my interest level above a resounding meh Perhaps it s just my disinterest in a lot of the themes Flavor and Soul explored in these books I care not a jot for branding advertising fashion and trends and so much of these books are bound up in those themes that I struggled to stay awake in places Perhaps Gibson just isn t for me As always your mileage may vary Warning spoilersHollis Henry femalex rock singer recent author of an art book and Milgrim male recovering drug addict are recruited by Hubertus Bigend male powerful marketer and financier to locate the designer of a secret brand of jeans Gracie male Special Forces pretender second rate arms dealer and military supplier wannabe is also interested in the brand and sends his men to follow Henry and Milgrim to Paris from London Milgrim finds the bug they re using to follow him and plants it in the baby carriage of a Russian mobster The mother s bodyguard beats up Foley Gracie s man who blames Milgrim and tries to kidnap himThe kidnapping fails and a companion of Milgrim s injures Foley Foley blames Milgrim again and kidnaps Chombo a key member of Bigend s team then offers to trade Chombo for
Milgrim Garreth Henry SGarreth Henry s x boyfriend shows up and organizes a wildly hi tech rescue for Chombo Gracie and his associates are carted off by government men Henry and Garreth decide to get married and Milgrim becomes a member of Bigend s inner circle Bigend takes his team to Iceland which he owns most of due to Chombo s workThis is the second Gibson book I ve read and I don t get him Either he s a lot subtle than he seems or he missed out on some of the basics of storytelling like plots character motivation and McGuffins the object that starts things in motion in this case clothing designReally Jeans That s it I m a collector of McGuffins in my own way and I love a good one the Ark of the Covenant a couple of stolen nuclear weapons all the gold in Fort Knox This doesn t cut it Oh there s some talk about a cutting dge marketing techniues and the possibility of a sale to the military that failed to lift my interestThe central characters Henry and Milgrim fall into what I consider the Jimmy Olsen School of Protagonists no special skills no strong motivation no particular reason for the author to pick them as the Point of View I seem to see and of that in my reading Why focus on Alfred the butler when the goddamn Batman is standing right there Personally I like Milgrim who s out of Swiss rehab and reassembling his personality after ten years as an addict Bigend puts him on the problem because he notices things I wouldn t send a newly recovered addict for coffee without a backup planAs far as a tightly woven plot goes this thing is macrame No one will talk about the clothing designer including Henry s friend Heidi Why They once bonded over a pair of shoes Henry finds The Designer And Doesn designer and doesn tell Bigend because of their shared love of fabric or something Gracie decides to interrupt a major business deal and help his subordinate with a kidnapping because it s xciting Bigend doesn t call the cops when Chombo is kidnapped because it would spoil the hi tech rescue Bigend provides all sorts of tracking and safety for. Hollis Henry never intended to work for global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend again But now she’s broke and Bigend has just the thing to get her back in the game Milgrim can disappear in almost any setting and his Russian is perfectly idiomatic so. .
The jeans crew and nothing to watch or protect his most critical asset ChomboThere s a rule in theater that if you show a gun in the first act you have to use it by the third act Heidi Henry s friend suddenly produces a set of hi tech darts on page 232 demonstrates world class skill and starts carrying them Just in time too because she rescues Milgrim from Foley with them on page 257 Perhaps Gibson should consider introducing critical lements a little farther apartThere are some cute toys in the book the world s ugliest tee shirt a flying penguin a rattan thighboneSo let s recap Bigend is ngineering a major financial coup that will move him into the too big to fail category and Chombo a key player is kidnapped because of a small peripheral deal that Bigend has going that ultimately fails Gibson focuses us on the insignificant deal We get to watch a game of hopscotch while the Super Bowl plays just out of sightOne note Iceland which isn t mentioned that I remember before page 393 used to be a major player in world finances but cratered in 2008 People who worked in finance are trying to get jobs as fisherman Only outside intervention prevented their banking system from failing completely Gibson doesn t mention any of this The book was published in 2010 He might as well have picked Haiti as his go to paradise Okay you tell me Is Gibson subtle or is he fing with his readers Or is he incompetent I lean toward the last two William Gibson is the Jay Z of his genre I think I can t be sure as I don t listen to much rap few 41 year old men should say hip hop any Let me xplain I have long admired Jay Z s Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life effortless delivery and the joy with which he seems tombrace his talents he sounds like he knows he s good values his craft and njoys the hell out of what he does And although William Gibson is uieter and uh Canadian I felt the same way about the author while reading Zero HistoryAfter the have to admit it was kind of a letdown Spook Country Gibson proceeds with Zero History as if he has a nerdy chip on his shoulder He sparkles in detail and rhythm interspersing long wraparound sentences with short noiresue dialogue The characterizations are taut and durable This book s natural partner both in theme and uality is Pattern Recognition In both novels Gibson scythes through cultural static and creates a present that while swirling all around us seems just beyond our comprehension I don t want to make this novel sound like homework Reading Gibson when he s on point or anywhere close to on point is xhilarating Throughout Zero History he blends thematic depth with intricate industrial The Empty Chair espionage and thank God reads as if he s locking in on whatever it is that makes him soxcellent He like the self proclaimed greatest rapper alive makes it look asy I don t know from what roborant Gibson s been drinking but please don t stop now The flow between the three Bigend books Zero History is the third of a trilogy troubled me I read both Pattern Recognition and Spook Country so long ago that I felt as if I were missing from faulty memory subtle links between the novels Listen You ve probably already formed an opinion on Mr Gibson If you like his work you ll understand when I say
Zero History Is OneHistory is one his best If you ve never read Gibson start with Pattern Recogition and work your way through the trilogy Although I doubt he d be so bold as to speak up on his own he s one of the greatest writers aliveAlso Tad RULES for getting me an autographed copy inscribed to me of Zero History I am forever in your debt sir Like a lot of people the first book I ver read by William Gibson was Neuromancer and I still look back on that Lit experience 25 years ago with relish and fondness It was the hippest book I d read up to that point and continued to be the hippest book I dver read until Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson appeared out of the publishing matrix There is a rawness to Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 early books by great writers that sizzles and marinates the brain in beautiful technicolors I can feel thenergy and Keeper of the Doves excitement that the writer is conveying through hisxploration of our language to Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, express himself As a writer gets older and becomes a craftsman the writing becomes so muchxuisite crisp and clinical Gibson is confident with where he is going and how he is going to take the reader there but that
create a victim The Not Quite Cold (Lowcountry Mysteries, energy that drove hisarly books has been harnessed and the Collision of Wills energy that used to bexpended running hither and yon is now being held to the plow line What we miss now is seeing that greener pasture or glimpsing that mountain stream that is just over the next hillZero History is really about clothes and the characters populating the novel are cutting Ravensbrück edge cool The type of people that when they walk in somewhereverybody thinks I want to look like that I want TO BE that person and I m really only the right pair of boots or an ultra cool haircut away from being one of those peopleGibson is a great writer and from reading the afterward he had some really talented manuscript readers This book is almost too precise The conversations are all short and perfect The plot pulls you along without a bump I neve. Much so that he spoke it with his therapist in the secret Swiss clinic where Bigend paid for him to be cured of his addiction Garreth doesn't owe Bigend a thing But he does have friends from whom he can call in the kinds of favors powerful people needDoes Create A Victim The