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All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The thing is, while I can remember lots of little facets: ideas, locations, characters, and events, the main thrust of the plot is gone from my mind. Perhaps this is the nature of Gibson :-)
The chapter lengths are *very* short, making for a staccato read. Not a problem, but perhaps that's part of what makes the overall picture so hard to appreciate and remember.
It was nice to meet Rydell and Chevette again, and the bridge was (once more) a fascinating place to visit.
And by the way, this book has some great stuff for you fellow gamemasters out there :)
The closing part of what is now known as Gibson's Bridge trilogy, All Tomorrow's Parties is set in the early 21st Century. Its most prominent feature is the ruined San Francisco - Oakland Bay bridge which has been replaced by a tunnel made possible by nanotechnology, and is now home to a bustling shanty town for those with nowhere else to go, people with no official status, illegal and semi-legal businesses and various other inhabitants of a twilight world. We are taken as well to Japan, where a pharmaceutically-damaged savant with a talent for data analysis (Laney from the second book in the trilogy, Idoru) picks up a worrying trend and an obsession with a leading media baron. The story also pulls in Chevette, the cycle courier protagonist of the first Bridge novel, Virtual Light, and Berry Rydell also appeared in the first. A very strange mercenary working for the media baron also comes into the mix.
What emerges is a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse played out in and around San Francisco and the Bridge community. Laney leads a gang of vigilante hackers in an attack on the established corporate order while the mercenary, lethal and on the edge, tries to shut them down.Read more ›
Gibson writes this history of the near future using very short chapters, presenting snapshots of characters and events in a scattered fashion which, coupled with his allusive style, can make this book feel like a collection of interweaving short stories rather than a coherent novel. In addition, as is common in science fiction, neologisms and technical labels are tossed around without any elucidation, and the reader is supposed to work out what they mean - for example, Laney is obsessed with "nodal points in history, of some emerging pattern in the texture of things" (p56), which sounds like something you could understand if the time was taken to explain it to you. Of course, these lacunae may be part of the impression of uncertainty and alienation that the author wants to convey about this world, but perhaps a firmer guiding hand would have been useful in places - for example, in what I suppose was the climax on p266, where the baddie gets his come-uppance (or seems to, anyway).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each character a piece of a complex jigsaw bridging impossibility with ease. Un put down able. Leaves the mind singing..Published 19 months ago by Peter Rodgers
Not my usual sort of thing but read it on recommendation from a friend, and I'm glad i did. To be honest much of the story went straight over my head but I loved the atmospheric... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2011 by R2D2
Going into this I had already read the previous 2 books in The Bridge series (a must if you want any hope of understanding this one) and having thoroughly enjoyed these previous... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2011 by Mrs. Christine Doorly
It feels much like Mona Lisa Overdrive where it wraps everything up in one go, he does this much better than his previous work Idoru and how Rydel and Chevette have grown in the... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2010 by Paul M
Im not great at writing reviews but its safe to say that once i started reading the book i couldn't put it down. Would definately recommend it.Published on 3 April 2010 by Mr. G. Goldsmith
'All Tomorrow's Parties' is the third in a trilogy, following on from the excellent 'Virtual Light' and 'Idoru' novels. Read morePublished on 8 May 2007 by Jane Aland
as cyclic as human history seems to be, it is however and clearly following a descending path.
this must be the attraction of a writer like gibson, who can picture a future of... Read more