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2.0 out of 5 stars Over-priced and very, very short, 6 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Distrust that Particular Flavor (Kindle Edition)
The overwhelming impression this book leaves you with is that William Gibson hasn't written much non-fiction. It's a slender volume that purports to stretch to 250 pages but that, in fact, contains only 158 pages of text once you edit out the four blank pages separating each of the 25 pieces featured. I assume this is Gibson's entire non-fiction output, given the somewhat rag-tag nature of the reviews, forewords, essays and talks assembled here. Much of the content is dated and some of it repeats or re-interprets material covered in other pieces. All of it is terse, but it's also recognisably Gibson in style and in its discovery of novel perspectives on the mundane. Each piece is followed by a very brief commentary which, along with the introduction, appear to be Gibson's sole original contributions to the book.

A light-weight affair that costs far too much and is probably of most interest to Gibson completists.
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