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All Tomorrow's Partiesby William Gibson
Synopses & Reviews
All Tomorrow's Parties is the perfect novel to publish at the end of 1999. It brings back Colin Laney, one of the most popular characters from Idoru, the man whose special sensitivities about people and events let him predict certain aspects of the future.
"Gibson is in fine form in his seventh novel, a fast-paced, pyrotechnic sequel to Idoru....Gibson breaks little new thematic ground with this novel, but the cocreator of cyberpunk takes his readers on a wild and exciting ride filled with enough off-the-wall ideas and extended metaphors to fuel half a dozen SF tales." Publishers Weekly
"More ultra-cool cyberpunk, sort of a sequel to Virtual Light and Idoru....This familiar, vigorous, vividly realized scenario is set forth in the author's unique and astonishingly textured prose — indeed, in Gibson's books the texture is the plot — but the unfathomable ending will satisfy few." Kirkus Reviews
"So many sharp knives slice elegantly through the virtual realities and nanotechnological macguffins that populates Gibson's latest novel. And appropriately so. When Gibson, one of science fiction's greatest literary stylists, is at his best, he offers visceral detail...even when promising transcendent change..." Wired
"Writing at flame intensity, Gibson conjures a world that seems just a breath away from the here and now....Gibson has trouble making his endings as vivid and precise as all the details leading up to them, and All Tomorrow's Parties suffers in this respect....Outrunning the future can be tough in the digital age. You have to hand it to Gibson for managing, once more, to stay at least one step ahead." Frank Houston, Salon.com
"Despite a satisfying conclusion whose highlight involves thousands of naked copies of certain women surreally stepping from a legion of convenience-store nano-dispensers, Gibson seems to leave the door open for another of these wild tomorrow parties, which will go straight to the top of my social calendar." Paul Di Filippo, Science Fiction Age
"All Tomorrow's Parties is immensely engaging, alive on every page and as enjoyable a weekend entertainment as one could want." The Washington Post Book World
"Compared to Idoru and Virtual Light, the world of All Tomorrow's Parties is lo/rez, but the author appears to have been highly resolved to compose a trilogy, even if the result is Virtual Lite." Tom LeClair, The New York Times Book Review
"[L]ess a cyberpunk novel about virtual reality than one that realizes an almost recognizable future filled with new and exciting technologies. Although most of the action occurs in the 'meat' world, Gibson's vision is inextricably linked to the advent of the Internet, whose possibilities he envisioned in the book that made him a big sf name, Neuromancer." Benjamin Segedin, Booklist
"The post modern gospel according to Gibson, the patron saint of cyberpunk literature." Entertainment Weekly
"It's as if Raymond Chandler had written a novel in which Philip Marlowe drops acid, learns Microsoft Word 98 and winds up eating Thai food at a funky San Francisco dive...the most delicious of reads: genre with real literary spunk." New York Daily News
"All Tomorrow's Parties hits on all cylinders." The Seattle Times
"In its own quiet, powerful way, All Tomorrow's Parties functions as a solid novel distinct from genre designations. SF? Well sure. But it also reads like a contemporary novel of its own time and setting. Proof that post-modern doesn't have to be arid or unintelligible." Edward Bryant, Locus
"Master of a pointillist style, Gibson offers a brilliant moving picture of an often-bleak future world in which virtual and actual blur and merge. His characterization is masterly, and his intricate plot demands — and rewards — concentration. Here is a story that seduces readers with the notion that today's science fiction might indeed be tomorrow's reality. It will delight sophisticated cyber fans and sci-fi readers." VOYA
"William Gibson's rich protopointillism coins a wireless future where reality is only proxy and proviso. Made all the more beautiful and frightening by its probability, and by characters who somehow tweeze hope from the polymer." Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files
He coined the term "cyberspace..."
He envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed...
Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer returns with his hero from Idoru, in a startling novel of a shift in time--and cyberspace...
"All Tomorrow's Parties is immensely engaging, alive on every page and as enjoyable a weekend entertainment as one could want." --The Washington Post Book World
"William Gibson's rich protopointillism coins a wireless future where reality is only proxy and proviso. Made all the more beautiful and frightening by its probability, and by characters who somehow tweeze hope from the polymer." --Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files
"One of science fiction's greatest literary stylists...Gibson wouldn't be Gibson if he spelled it out, if he eliminated all the ambiguity. His specialty is hanging on to that fractal edge without ever going over the brink." --Wired Magazine
Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" and envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. Now, the bestselling author of "Neuromancer" returns with his hero from "Idoru" in a startling novel of a shift in time and cyberspace.
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