Crime Thriller Mystery in Italian by William Gibson
I'm currently reading a series of crime thrillers in Italian called Pattern Recognition, which is written by William Gibson. This is a fun read and I look forward to more of his crime-thriller adventures. I recommend this series to anyone who loves crime-thrillers. However, I do have one warning - you will probably find some early spoilers and regular ones in these books.
Review of William Gibson's Pattern Recognition
This review of William Gibson's Pattern Recognition crime thriller in Italian will not include spoilers. The novel is part of the Blue Ant Trilogy, which continues with Spook Country and Zero History. The plot is centered around an advertising agency that is controlled by a mysterious individual named Hubertus Bigend, who manipulates the course of events. The novel is set in the present, but it doesn't feel like it is set in the future.
There is much sadness in William Gibson's novels. The protagonist, Cayce Pollard, has just flown from New York to London, but she feels that her mortal soul is leagues behind. The human body cannot move that quickly, so her spirit must be patient, waiting for her mortal body to reach it.
Unfortunately, Pattern Recognition isn't very effective as a thriller. While Cayce is never seriously in danger, his relationship with Dorotea is irritating and her role as a MacGuffin is unnecessary. The ending is also anti-climactic, and there are many shades of deus ex machina in the book. In the end, the novel feels like a literary novel than a thriller.
Pattern Recognition is a bestselling novel on the coasts. It is set in the post-9-11 world, and the protagonist, Cayce Pollard, is a world-renowned coolhunter. Cayce is in London for a project involving a logo redesign, but soon she receives an assignment to find the creator of an obscure video clip generating worldwide buzz.
Another novel I've read is Cryptomonicon, by Neal Stephenson. This book was marketed as science fiction but was not, in the usual sense, science fiction. It deals with the Enigma code during World War II, but isn't really science fiction.
Another aspect of Gibson's novel that I liked is the way he uses language. He uses language that isn't yet common in literary fiction. For example, he describes internet chatrooms as pitch-dark cellars where the people are 15 feet away. The way he writes is very fluid, and I found it easy to follow.
The high-tech stuff in this novel is a bit more advanced than his previous novels. In some ways, it seems more like a pundit than a thriller. Gibson seems to be interested in technology itself. It's almost as if Gibson is writing about technology in the future. It's hard to imagine the world he has created in the future without some sort of technology.
Review of Denise Mina's The Marriage Portrait
I first read The Marriage Portrait by Denise Mina, a Scottish novelist, in 2010. I was pleasantly surprised by Mina's craft and the quality of her writing. The novel is full of strange bedfellows, intriguing settings, and nonstop action. As I've said before, Mina's work has grown increasingly assured.
The book is set in Glasgow, Scotland, a city of heavy industry. It has long been a city rivalry with Edinburgh. Mina's focus on the women of Glasgow makes the story even more compelling. Mina's vivid descriptions of the city are compelling and evocative.
Mina is a master at taking her writing in new directions, and her latest book, Conviction, is no exception. It's the story of a real-life murder trial set in 1950s Glasgow. Mina's protagonist, Anna McDonald, is married with two children, and she escapes conflict in her marriage by getting up early and listening to true-crime podcasts.
Review of Spook Country by John Brunner
Spook Country is a thrilling mystery that features three distinct characters. Hollis is a former musician from the British band Curfew, Milgrim is an addict who knows Volapuk, and Tito is a member of a shady crime family in Soviet Havana. Each of these characters is on the prowl for the mysterious shipping container.
Smith's biographical study of Brunner takes readers from his early years as an sf fan, through his years as an underappreciated writer, to his golden age as an sf visionary in the 1960s. While Smith does an excellent job of covering his life and his work, she sometimes skips critical analysis.
Smith uses this analysis of Brunner's major works to position the author as a master of the genre, not an "old school" author. In doing so, she shows that Brunner was able to combine the best of British and American sf tropes. However, her analysis comes across as a bit rushed and clunky.
Spook Country follows the same premise as William Gibson's Neuromancer. While this book takes place in a post-9/11 world, the themes are similar. The technology that has been invented is more advanced than ever before, and people have to find a way to make it work. However, the future of humankind is not so far off. While many authors focus on a futuristic future, they are not necessarily writing about the future.