Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
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The synopsis of Spook Country, the next novel by William Gibson, on amazon.com is as follows



Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer.

Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much. Which she doesn't; she can't afford to.

Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn't survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can't say, but it seems to be military in nature. At least, Milgrim's very nuanced Russian would seem to be a big part of it, as would breaking into locked rooms.

Bobby Chombo is a "producer," and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.




Whilst I liked Pattern Recognition, this and the excerpts Gibson has put on his blog suggests that he has probably rather lost it. This synopsis rather reads like it has been randomly generated and that you could just permute the nouns and come up with something just as sensible and more interesting e.g.


Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Nolita, he speaks fluent dealer, lives in a locked room in a Cuban warehouse, and does investigative jobs involving military navigation equipment.

Hollis Henry is a very nuanced journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Milgrim. Milgrim seems to be military in nature, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of antianxiety that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much. Which she doesn't; she can't afford to.

Node is a Nolita Russian. A high-end troubleshooter, hooked on information transfer. Node figures he wouldn't survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the dealer who saved him from a misunderstanding with his mystery man, ever stopped supplying military navigation equipment. What exactly Brown is up to Node can't say, but it seems to be delicate in nature. At least, Node's buzz drugs would seem to be a big part of it, as would little bubble packs.

Bobby Chombo is "investigative," and a junkie. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for a NoLita warehouse. He refuses to sleep in one room. He doesn't exist yet. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.

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Hmm. I think any writer can only get away with the Russian kleptocrats as McGuffins once. And New York? Doesn't this sort of thing happen in London. Gibson is too old. So am I, probably.
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