No history lesson

13 10 2011

Zero History by William Gibson

 

 

Former rock singer Hollis Henry has lost a lot of money in the crash, which means she can’t turn down the offer of a job from Hubertus Bigend, sinister Belgian proprietor of mysterious ad agency Blue Ant. Milgrim is working for Bigend too. Bigend admires the ex-addict’s linguistic skills and street knowledge so much that he’s even paid for his costly rehab. So together Hollis and Milgrim are at the front line of Bigend’s attempts to get a slice of the military budget, and they gradually realize he has some very dangerous competitors. Which is not a great thought when you don’t much trust your boss either.Gibson’s new novel, set largely in London, spookily captures the paranoia and fear of our post-Crash times.

via Zero History eBook: William Gibson: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store.

First Gibson novel I’ve read and unfortunately I’m left rather disappointed. It’s all quite clever and mildly diverting in a high tech thriller kind of way. But I just found it really difficult to care very much about any of the characters and, ultimately, it all felt a bit shallow and superficial.

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