As I rambled on in my Reading Now! post, I was enamored with Gibson's stylizing when it came to cyberpunk. Once he veered away from that track, I lost interest. Narrow-minded, well yes a bit. But I like what I like! I was hoping that even with this contemporary thriller with a little bit of science-y aspects, I'd get the bits that I always liked before. Keep reading for likely spoilers below.
Unfortunately, I felt cold and empty once I finished this novel. I looked around, took a deep breath and thought what can I read next. Not an ideal reaction I figure.
I wasn't expecting much on the character side, but I forgot what that means with Gibson. At the end of the day, I do want some relationships established. I want to feel some sort of connection. I am pretty sure I'll have near forgotten this book in three months. I found the Cuban-Chinese family, their connections, Tito - all quite intriguing (once I got over the little nitpicky cafe con leche incident :) ). I wanted to know more about what happened with them, what they were up to, what all this hinted history was about.
Regarding the plot, so many times I think maybe if I'd just read the book the time it was written it would be different. By the time I get around to reading things, it can be 40+ years behind, and what was revolutionary at the time seems common sense now. The locative art business, it didn't sell for me and again I shrugged it off. I wasn't getting the strong atmosphere of paranoia from political climate that I've read others talk about - maybe I wasn't paying attention to absorb that vibe while distracted by searching for a character connection. Brown was a whackadoodle and there was shady crap happening with Iraq funds. Sounds like life. I get the container being involved, the parties pulling off the prank, screwing with the man. But... sigh and shrug.
Not to be so negative, I like the way Gibson writes and enjoyed the ride through, but I left it all feeling dissatisfied.
Also, I kept expecting the ant figurine to mean something. And joining the unsecured network at Bobby's place to have repercussions. Nope.
Let me know what you thought in the comments!