Distrust That Particular Flavor Hardcover – 3 Jan 2012
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"Gibson pulls off a dazzling trick. Instead of predicting the future, he finds the future all around him, mashed up with the past, and reveals our own domain to us."--"The New York Times Book Review "
"I forget that in addition to being a major novelist ("Zero History, ""Neuromancer," etc.), he's one of the best essayists and critical observers currently operating within our sociocultural sphere. This is his first essay collection, and it's messed up how good it is: raw, weird, honest, smart."--Lev Grossman, "Time Entertainment "
"Exquisitely written, done to a turn with both insight and that unmistakable prose that is just shy of spectacular....This is a fine and even essential complement to the Gibson canon, and a delight to read."--BoingBoing.net
"Though he's often lauded as a big-picture man, these pieces make one thing clear: He's even better with the little details."--"A.V. Club"
"The most startling pieces here crackle with his excitement at discovering some unexpected aspect of the new."--"The Globe and Mail" (Canada)
"A breezy, engaging read."--"The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "
"Potent...elegant prose."--"The Seattle Times"
Gibson pulls off a dazzling trick. Instead of predicting the future, he finds the future all around him, mashed up with the past, and reveals our own domain to us. "The New York Times Book Review "
I forget that in addition to being a major novelist ("Zero History, " "Neuromancer," etc.), he s one of the best essayists and critical observers currently operating within our sociocultural sphere. This is his first essay collection, and it s messed up how good it is: raw, weird, honest, smart. Lev Grossman, "Time Entertainment "
Exquisitely written, done to a turn with both insight and that unmistakable prose that is just shy of spectacular. This is a fine and even essential complement to the Gibson canon, and a delight to read. BoingBoing.net
Though he s often lauded as a big-picture man, these pieces make one thing clear: He s even better with the little details. "A.V. Club"
The most startling pieces here crackle with his excitement at discovering some unexpected aspect of the new. "The Globe and Mail" (Canada)
A breezy, engaging read. "The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "
Potent elegant prose. "The Seattle Times"" --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer has sold more than six million copies worldwide. In an earlier story he had invented the term 'cyberspace'; a concept he developed in the novel, creating an iconography for the Information Age long before the invention of the Internet. The book won three major literary prizes. He has since written nine further novels, most recently Zero History.
William Gibson was born in South Carolina but has lived for many years in Vancouver.--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Additionally, most of the stuff here dates back to the early days of the internet, when Gibson was the go-to guy for cyberspace. Hence a lot of it now seems quaintly old fashioned and a bit pointless to read 20 years on. - One article, for instance, is about how Gibson doubts Ebay being able to work practically. Really, most of this is stuff most authors would have stuck up on websites for free at this point in their career.
I started reading the book at 7 yesterday evening, had finished it well before 9PM, and felt royally ripped off. Not recommended.
I found his pieces about this final topic to be the most interesting, since a number date from very close to (or perhaps just before) the explosion of that technology into general use. Presumably, he's included them here to indicate a degree of justification for his standard appellation of "visionary"; on this evidence, it's pretty good - for example, back in 1989, he predicted the erosion of the distinction between family media appliances (TV, CD player, computer,...), and in 2000, he views our interactions with the net as communications with a global computer.Read more ›
Gibson has a sure instinct and interest on the impact of technology on society, and the pieces offer brief glimpses into the life of a digital seer, hanging out drinking in Tokyo with Douglas Coupland, pursuing random items on eBay. He seems to have a critical subeditor hard wired into him, criticising his own articles for being too long, or just not good enough. This is not bloggy ramblings but sharp commercial standard articles.
The collection is short, so I rationed it by reading a couple of other books at the same time. That encourages you to savour the pieces all the more. I have marked down slightly because it does feel a bit short for the money, but this is good stuff.
There is undoubtedly a strong cyberpunk-like beat in much of Gibson's narrative nonfiction. His poignant remembrance of his favorite SoHo (New York, NY) antiques store written within days of the 9/11 terrorist attacks ("Mr. Buk's Window") could have easily been part of one of his early "Sprawl" stories (Not surprisingly, he admits in a concise afterword that that antiques store would inspire him to finish writing the novel he had just started; "Pattern Recognition".).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting set of essays that shed some light into Gibson's thought processes and a good background to several of his books.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just what I expected - a selection of essays which I enjoyed enormously.Published 21 months ago by Jenny Kenny
If anyone expects this to be a novel, well, it is clearly not. It is a far greater treat.
Distrust That Particular Flavor is a collection of essays and articles William... Read more
There is nothing wrong with this collection however, it is not a novel though it does give some insight into the character of the author.Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by vague logic
I love Gibson's book, particularly Neuromancer, Count Zero and Pattern Recognition. He predicted our present and our future in the eighties, not with technical meticulousness but... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by András Borbíró
this is a collection of old articles for magazines, some are quite good but its a really expensive way of getting them. AvoidPublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by dcm
Gibson sees something new in familiar material. We knew that. What he's seen here in Singapore, Tokyo, New York the day after 9/11, and 1984 are alone worth the book's reading... Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by BillinWien
To be brief: This is an excellent collection of essays. Some other comments have stated that it is an excellent introduction to Gibson. Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by Hellenros Rickard