Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

Book - 2003
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Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected. Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2003.
ISBN: 9780399149863
0399149864
Branch Call Number: FIC Gibso 3583tc 1
FIC Gibso 3583uc 1
FIC Gibso 3583mc 1
Characteristics: 356 p.

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josh2112 Jan 20, 2015

This book is as beautifully written as necromancer was insightful for its time.
I have been reading Gibson since the 80's, but I don't think I would have maked this is Sci Fi except that Gibson wrote it.
Pattern Recognition is as much about today as all good sci fi is, but its about now and set in the world of today (as opposed to some far future), This book explores the world of branding, corporate culture and the search for 'authenticity'. Its great and really offers a philosophical look at the world we live in and how that world is commodified and our ideas sold back to us.

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larryseattle
Dec 12, 2014

I enjoyed this book. Don't be afraid that the ending will disappoint, because it won't.

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StarGladiator
Dec 12, 2014

Gibson did write a few passing to good books, long ago, but after Neuromancer, his stuff has been pure crud. Just another in that category.

nonword Sep 16, 2013

Brilliant book about a woman with an unusual instinct for predicting cultural patterns and a charming distaste for the Michelin Man

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Janlo
Mar 12, 2012

Can't say enough good things about this book: great characters, great subplots, great writing... One of my favourite books of all time!

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rslade
Feb 21, 2012

All of Gibson's books are more than a bit odd, but I had a very hard time finding the point of this one. However, the writing still makes the ride worthwhile.

DesPlainesReaders Nov 07, 2011

If you can't get enough of Lizbeth Salander, try this book. The main character Cayce Pollard is the American twin of Salander - computer savvy, socially awkward and with a penchant for trouble. No blood here but a lot of suspenseful corporate intrigue. WeAreSpartacus/lascorpia

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