Firstly, a gripe. I went to buy this from my local branch of Waterstones; support local shops and all that (sorry Amazon!), they'd had one copy that they had sold and weren't expecting anymore for a while. What! The greatest master of English prose of his generation and they had one copy to sell? Is Britain becoming illiterate; or is the only request for here today gone tomorrow star biogs, cookery and gardening books, and JK Rowling of course (if you haven't tried the Casual Vacancy yet don't bother; it's casually vacant.) So I bought it from, you guessed it Amazon! Well done Amazon!!
Anyway, Bleeding Edge. Well as some other the reviews have suggested, this is Pynchon with a coherent (more or less) plot that doesn't go racing off after red herrings for 20 pages. It is funny, in that Pynchonesque way, clever, literate but not always high brow. It is also, brilliantly, about America after 9/11. Although the event occurs roughly 3/4 of the way through the book, and is never directly described (another brilliant Pynchon observation, most of the people in the book who see it, see it through the medium of the television, just like most of the world.), a sinister, lurking, never quite seen or described menace haunts the book, brilliantly given vague shape by the odd, possibly dangerous, parallel world of the deep internet.
If you've read Pynchon before you'll love it. If you've never read Pynchon try it, this is what good writing looks like. No I'll re-phrase that, this is what fantastically good writing looks like. For example, look at the way he brilliantly captures different modes of New York speak and accent, through phrasing and spelling alone. And note how brilliantly he captures the odd, non sequential ways in which conversations actually occurs; because he is so famously reclusive, Pynchon, I would guess, spends time people watching and people listening.
To sum up, Bleeding Edge is bleeding superb, almost certainly the best English language novel published in 2013.
PS. If Pynchon were awarded the Nobel Prize would he turn up to receive it?