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ISBN13: 9780425192931
ISBN10: 0425192938
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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book for 2003
A Washington Post "Choice Cuts of 2003" pick
A Los Angeles Times "Best of the Best Book for 2003" selection

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In a post-9/11 world, the present is as unpredictable as any future...

Paid to predict the hottest trends, Cayce Pollard is in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo when she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet — footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Still haunted by the memory of her missing father — a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 — Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing — and compelling — as the twenty-first century promises to be.

Review:

"[E]legant, entrancing....Structurally, this may be [Gibson's] most confident novel. The secondary characters and their subplots are more fully developed, right down to their personal e-mail styles." Lisa Zeidner, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"His best book in a long time, and perhaps his most accessible one ever." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A return to the present makes this SF scribe more prescient than ever....[F]or every misstep there's a dash of pure, beautiful insight....A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Gibson turns loose the full power of his laser eyes and his non-judgmental but awesomely encompassing heart on an exciting thriller that is basically a modern fable....It's a masterful performance from a major novelist who seems to be just now hitting his peak." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Gibson's brisk, kinetic style and incisive observations should keep the reader entertained even when Cayce's quest begins to lose urgency. Gibson's best book since Mona Lisa Overdrive should satisfy his hardcore fans while winning plenty of new ones." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gibson has delivered what is assuredly one of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century, placing himself alongside Haruki Murakami as a writer who can conjure the numinous out of the quotidian." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Gibson's most mature book to date: strongly written, suspenseful, thoughtfully structured. More than this, it is both a serious meditation on the act of creation and an exploration of postmodern consciousness." Henry Hitchings, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

Review:

"Gibson's usual themes are still intact....With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place....Gibson fans will not be disappointed." Benjamin Segedin, Booklist

Review:

"Gibson wisely avoids addressing the import of 9/11 head on, but he somehow establishes a powerful correlative for it in Cayce's strange quest....In Gibson's eerie vision of our time, the future has come crashing upon us, fragmentary and undecipherable..." The New Yorker

Review:

"Pattern's far-out ideas and densely worded sentences bear William Gibson's unmistakable imprimatur...the author, who invented the future with Neuromancer, shows he's just as skilled at seeing the present. (Grade: A-)" Noah Robischon, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Pattern Recognition is a dangerously hip book, and its tricky dialogue and characterization will amaze you..." USA Today

Review:

"William Gibson's new novel is so good it defies all the usual superlatives." Seattle Times

Review:

"This book, which may well reveal the emptiness at the core of Gibson's other fiction, will probably thrill his aficionados but, it is hoped, no one else." Library Journal

Review:

"[Gibson's] vividly imagined cyberspace-dominated worlds are peopled by rich characters. He makes the rest of us novelists feel like antiques." Michael Cunningham, People

Review:

"Pattern Recognition races along like an expert thriller...full of bold ideas...charged, lyrical." GQ

Review:

"Gibson's ability to hit the sweet spot of cutting-edge culture is uncanny..." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"Gibson's surprising move toward the mainstream has made him an even better writer....He hasn't lost any of his cool." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[Gibson's] elegantly clipped prose style has a powerfully destabilizing effect that...puts readers on edge." The Onion

Synopsis:

Paid to predict the hottest trends, Cayce Pollard is in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo when she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet — footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Synopsis:

In a post-9/11 world, the present is as unpredictable as any future...

Paid to predict the hottest trends, Cayce Pollard is in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo when she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet-footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Still haunted by the memory of her missing father-a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001-Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing-and compelling-as the twenty-first century promises to be.

Synopsis:

The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast bestseller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now.

About the Author

William Gibson is credited with having coined the term "cyberspace," and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. Many of his descriptions and metaphors have entered the culture as images of human relations in the electronic age, and he has an international reputation as the William Burroughs of the "wired" life.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Paul Morin, June 28, 2012 (view all comments by Paul Morin)
In the gallery of books that is the world, the jewels are often lost amid the dross. It is an exquisite joy to stumble across such a jewel and recognize that one has joined those who have relished such. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson is just such a jewel. How Gibson writes a book in the language open to all but crafts something so unique, so new is beyond my small capacity to understand but I appreciate his attaining that all writers must strive for. This is a mystery, without seeming to be a mystery. This is a look into a seldom visited world but obliquely and without editorializing. What this book is really is a joy. A new view of our world that firmly inserts the joy into enjoy. Read this book. You will not be sorry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425192931
Author:
Gibson, William
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
February 3, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.00x6.10x.94 in. .86 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425192931 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[E]legant, entrancing....Structurally, this may be [Gibson's] most confident novel. The secondary characters and their subplots are more fully developed, right down to their personal e-mail styles."
"Review" by , "His best book in a long time, and perhaps his most accessible one ever."
"Review" by , "A return to the present makes this SF scribe more prescient than ever....[F]or every misstep there's a dash of pure, beautiful insight....A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk."
"Review" by , "Gibson turns loose the full power of his laser eyes and his non-judgmental but awesomely encompassing heart on an exciting thriller that is basically a modern fable....It's a masterful performance from a major novelist who seems to be just now hitting his peak."
"Review" by , "Gibson's brisk, kinetic style and incisive observations should keep the reader entertained even when Cayce's quest begins to lose urgency. Gibson's best book since Mona Lisa Overdrive should satisfy his hardcore fans while winning plenty of new ones."
"Review" by , "Gibson has delivered what is assuredly one of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century, placing himself alongside Haruki Murakami as a writer who can conjure the numinous out of the quotidian."
"Review" by , "Gibson's most mature book to date: strongly written, suspenseful, thoughtfully structured. More than this, it is both a serious meditation on the act of creation and an exploration of postmodern consciousness."
"Review" by , "Gibson's usual themes are still intact....With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place....Gibson fans will not be disappointed."
"Review" by , "Gibson wisely avoids addressing the import of 9/11 head on, but he somehow establishes a powerful correlative for it in Cayce's strange quest....In Gibson's eerie vision of our time, the future has come crashing upon us, fragmentary and undecipherable..."
"Review" by , "Pattern's far-out ideas and densely worded sentences bear William Gibson's unmistakable imprimatur...the author, who invented the future with Neuromancer, shows he's just as skilled at seeing the present. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Pattern Recognition is a dangerously hip book, and its tricky dialogue and characterization will amaze you..."
"Review" by , "William Gibson's new novel is so good it defies all the usual superlatives."
"Review" by , "This book, which may well reveal the emptiness at the core of Gibson's other fiction, will probably thrill his aficionados but, it is hoped, no one else."
"Review" by , "[Gibson's] vividly imagined cyberspace-dominated worlds are peopled by rich characters. He makes the rest of us novelists feel like antiques."
"Review" by , "Pattern Recognition races along like an expert thriller...full of bold ideas...charged, lyrical."
"Review" by , "Gibson's ability to hit the sweet spot of cutting-edge culture is uncanny..."
"Review" by , "Gibson's surprising move toward the mainstream has made him an even better writer....He hasn't lost any of his cool."
"Review" by , "[Gibson's] elegantly clipped prose style has a powerfully destabilizing effect that...puts readers on edge."
"Synopsis" by , Paid to predict the hottest trends, Cayce Pollard is in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo when she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet — footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.
"Synopsis" by ,
In a post-9/11 world, the present is as unpredictable as any future...

Paid to predict the hottest trends, Cayce Pollard is in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo when she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet-footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Still haunted by the memory of her missing father-a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001-Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing-and compelling-as the twenty-first century promises to be.

"Synopsis" by ,

The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast bestseller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now.

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