Though primarily known as a novelist, over 30 years William Gibson has also built up a reputation as one of our most entertaining and insightful critics of contemporary culture. He is widely credited with having described the internet and cyberspace before any such things existed.
Distrust that Particular Flavour brings together for the first time his writings on a wide variety of contemporary subjects: the differing cultures of Japan and Singapore; music and the movies; what's wrong with the internet; the interactive relationship between writers and readers; and many others. Also included in the book is a fascinating autobiographical sketch: his upbringing in the South, the early death of his parents and his escape into books; and the move to Canada to avoid the draft. Over the years Gibson has been eagerly commissioned by Wired, Rolling Stone, the New York Times and other influential journals, as well as tiny publishers, online sources and magazines that no longer exist. These collected writings grant readers a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture.
©2012 William Gibson Enterprises Limited (P)2012 Audible Ltd
This is one of the best books I've ever 'read'. William Gibson's insight into post post modernism is unsurpassed. This is a work of non-fiction, a collection of essays which reflect on the current 'state of things', globally speaking, in a way that I have skirted around myself in my mind but could never could quite put my finger on it, as it were. Gibson sheds light on it all and it will likely clarify your already existing suspicions. Buy it!
...I really struggled with Robertson Dean's narration. I'm not quite sure if the problem is something to do with the audio compression used on this recording but it sounds more like high-end speech synthesis than a professional voice actor. I've read the book and it's a truly engaging piece of writing but this audio version just doesn't work for me - it becomes a monotonous droning and simply doesn't get past my internal 'noise filter'. I think this is the first time I've ever had this problem with an Audible title and none of the other books narrated by Dean give me this problem - he's a very compelling reader. I'd be interested to learn if this is 'just me' thing or do others have the same issue?
A book of talks and articles, there are bits that are repeated but other bits are genuinely interesting. if you want to hear about William Gibson it is great and there are lots of interesting topics that I will probably go and research after reading this. I think I will appreciate sci-fi more after having read this, but in itself, it is only pretty good.
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