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The Peripheral by [Gibson, William]
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Superb . . . frantic with imagination and frantic with the appetite to see what happens next (Ned Beauman, Observer)

What a glorious ride! Like the woman said: brain 'splode (Sam Leith Guardian)

About the Author

William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy. He has since written six further novels, moving gradually away from science fiction and futuristic work, instead writing about the strange contemporary world we inhabit. His most recent novels are Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, his non-fiction collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor, compiles assorted writings and journalism from across his career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B01LTHXL1M
  • Publisher: Penguin (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L9NE1BG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
In a year that has seen an ample abundance of more or less routine dystopian near future speculative fiction novels – of which the least admirable was a highly touted debut novel about “word viruses” – William Gibson’s “The Peripheral” is an exceptional bit of literary fresh air. It represents the long overdue return of not only one of speculative fiction’s most important intellectuals, but also, one of the most noteworthy writers of our time, regardless of genre. Reading a William Gibson novel can be a difficult, and challenging, task, and his latest is no exception, since he takes readers on a whirlwind tour into the future twice; the first set approximately three to four decades into the future, and the other, the early 22nd Century. But it is a task well worth taking by the reader, since Gibson has some interesting things to say about time travel, robotics, nanotechnology, and corruption – corporate, financial and government – on a global scale, through a tale that is nearly as dark and depressing as the one recounted in “Neuromancer” - his award-winning debut novel that noted critic and fantasy writer Lev Grossman regards as the most important novel of our time – while relying on literary techniques introduced in “Virtual Light”, and especially, “Idoru”, and perfected in “Pattern Recognition”, “Spook Country” and “Zero History”, such as terse, often fragmented, sentences, brief chapters, and realistic dialogue that, for some readers, may be faint literary echoes of the hallucinatory prose written in his early “Sprawl Trilogy” novels “Neuromancer” and “Count Zero”.

“The Peripheral” is Gibson’s best work of speculative fiction since “Idoru”.
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Can you feel it? When you read WG, do you get that swirling feeling, that wrenching disconnect where you suddenly feel more deeply embedded in a cyber-punk reality to a level that makes Harrison Fords experiences in Bladerunner feel 1-dimensional.

When you immerse yourself in a Gibson novel, these are the icebergs' tip of sensations you go through. Since the day I bought (way back when) Neuromancer on its first publication, I realised that he had re-written the very definition of "future" - more real, more dystopian, more intense than anything I'd experienced.

First off, I never write about the content. Why would I? I think you want to know if it's worth reading, not get a summary of the story. So, here's how I feel...

Walking into a Gibson novel is like waking into the future - your very own avatar into a gateway of dark, brilliant future-sense. To coin Rutger Haurs character in Bladerunner "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..." Soliloquy. With Gibson, I've seen Corporate Execs catch fire in the eyes of their own horizon, attack drones decapitated by their own future state. Individuals beaming their personality into endlessness...

Gibson redefined 'Zeitgeist' with Neuromancer back in 1984. He's never looked back and I've been dragged, helplessly, gloriously, in his wake ever since.

The Peripheral is all you would want out of a William Gibson novel. Read it and remind yourself what it truly means to be transported into futurism. It's simply fantastic. If you enjoy Sci-Fi in any sense, buy this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book. Gibson’s early cyber-punk novels were dazzling. ‘Mona Lisa Overdrive’ in particular was superb, a soon-future convincingly and, to my mind at least, beautifully realised. ‘Virtual Light’ and ‘Idoru’ maintained the momentum. Latterly Gibson seems to have run, dare I use the phrase in connection with a sci-fi writer, out of steam. I gave up on ‘Zero History’ only a few pages in and I hate to be defeated by a book. At least I finished ‘The Peripheral’ but it pushed me to the limits of endurance. I confess I’m not sure what the hell it was about. The plot involves a murder investigated after some kind of slow-burn environmental disaster known as the Jackpot by a detective called Lowbeer, who uses a witness, Flynne, conveyed into the future by means of a ‘peripheral’ to identify the killer. Gibson refuses to write intelligible sentences or dialogue. Or perhaps I am just not sufficiently hip to cyber-geek gamester-babble. At no stage did I really get to know or particularly care about any of the bewildering cast of characters. What is Gibson trying to say? The more technology we have the less human we become, and, therefore, less interesting? That we are all doomed? Bewildered is the word. Time, I think, to pull the plug.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Interweaving two possible futures, from a ramshackle community of US army veterans, to an empty mega city, The Peripheral tells the story of a brave new world of drones, outsourcing and kleptocracy, and of a crime that can only be solved across time. (From the back cover).

William Gibson has written an original, interesting novel in The Peripheral. Gibson's writing does take some getting used too. Luckily each chapter is only 2-4 pages long, but once you get through the first fifth of the book or so it becomes a bit more understandable but the plot isn't exactly cohesive and you probably won't understand the entire thing, but that's part of the fun. The not knowing, the having to work at it, not getting spoon-fed information.

The scope of the book is very grand, and unfortunately, I think that the canvas is a little too big for Gibson. When it comes to the characters for instance, only a few are memorable with the rest being perfunctory with one aim in mind for the character, not making them 'alive'.

The Peripheral is very odd, different, and most importantly, a challenging book. If you're looking for proper sci-fi, for something to get your teeth in to then this is the book for you. If you just want an easy, relaxing book to enjoy, then I would probably give this a miss.

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