Friday, August 23, 2013

Pattern RecognitionPattern Recognition by William Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cayce Pollard, a cool hunter paid to predict the hottest trends, is in London where she has been hired to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo. Upon completion of this project she is offered another assignment: to track down the maker of the obscure video clips that have taken the internet by storm and created a worldwide underground subculture.

While in pursuit of this mysterious maker, traveling from London to Tokyo to Moscow, she finds herself thrust into the seedy underbelly of the marketing world of which she's observed for so long. Along the way she finds herself facing questions surrounding her father, who disappeared in Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Just as Alice descended into Wonderland, the lines between what was real to Cayce and what could only be perceived begin to blur.

The author, William Gibson, truly has a gift. His characters are believable, if not directly relate-able. He is able to set the scene without overuse of description.

I found the idea of the footage very intriguing. I found the sensitivity of the main character, Cayce, to be rather amusing while still being believable.

Overall, I found this story to be well-written and intriguing without going beyond the realm of possibility.

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