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Will the Real William Gibson Please Stand Up?, Feb 5 2012
First, let me say: I am a fan. I have been since the beginning. As a Teacher I have used William Gibson's books and stories in my Classes MANY TIMES over the years. I have read "Zero History" at least a half dozen times since I bought the hardcover, and I STILL could not accurately explain the plot! This is because I LOVE THE WAY WILLIAM GIBSON WRITES... The way he assembles words into descriptions.
This collection, to me, is a lot like the drivel a Record Company will put together and market after the death of a popular Artist.(Unknown, previously un-released studio sessions, live performances, etc.) There will always be something there for the fans (and believe me, I AM one, and have been since Neuromancer) but "Distrust That Particular Flavor" comes off as "cashing in on the Brand that is William Gibson".
I personally, would rather re-read W.G.'s actual, crafted work (each read is a new read, right?) than hash-ups like this one appears (to me) to be.
That being said, the collection does have its moments... True, they are few, and in true W.G. form more emerge upon second (or third) read, but it is the opinion of this reader that, if you are a fan, you will most certainly find *something* in this collection, but download the pdf when it becomes available. (Kinda like "wait until it comes out on dvd".
Brian D. McCarthy