The Peripheral Hardcover – Oct 28 2014
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Praise for The Peripheral
"Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It’s brilliant." —Cory Doctorow
Praise for William Gibson
“To read Gibson is to read the present as if it were the future.” —The New York Times“Gibson’s radar is deftly tuned to the changes in the culture that many of us are missing.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working.” —The Boston Globe“Like Pynchon and DeLillo, Gibson excels at pinpointing the hidden forces that shape our world.” —Details
About the Author
William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.See all Product Description
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“The Peripheral” is Gibson’s best work of speculative fiction since “Idoru”.Read more ›
The narrative here pivots around Flynn, a woman from somewhere not far out of our time witnessing something she wasn't supposed to, in an environment that she thought was only a game, but was in fact a version of her future. What follows is a really interesting story involving virtual time travel to unravel the mystery.
William Gibson continues to be my favourite author. He has this amazing knack for dialogue, for creating compelling characters and lush visual landscapes. As usual, I'm just sorry that I'm finished.
The first one hundred or so pages I felt lost with no key to unlocking the secret code. A glossary of the authors invented terms/processes/items would have helped immensely. I would have given up early on if I hadn't been reading this for my local book club meeting. I gave up on trying to understand much of what Mr. Gibson was writing, and settle for following the basics of the plot line, which I did enjoy.
The story starts in some point after 2023 in the United States. Flynne Fisher is an ex-gamer, but just this once she agrees to sub for her brother and work his shift beta testing a game. Well, she does it again the next night and this time all doesn't go so well. Some one in the game is killed in a gruesome manner and she begins to question whether it really is a game.
The story skips back and forth between Flynne's time and a future time, about seventy years from them. In the future, Wilf Netherton has some involvement with the death that occurred and it's important to him to protect Flynne from any backlash from that event.
The character of Flynne is well developed and I found her down to earth and likable. She is very family oriented and ethical. She sticks to her morals even when large amounts of money are waved in front of her face. My other favourite character is Conner, a long time friend who is ex-military with multiple crippling war injuries. He's in your face, does what he needs to with no apologies.
This story made me ponder the role of technology in society.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
More brilliance from Gibson. His writing either speaks to you or it doesn't. If you are into how he creates mood and extrapolates tomorrow from bits of today you'll like it.Published 6 months ago by Canukkha
Much to enjoy for Gibson fans. It has the same energy as his early work. New ideas,great characters, and the persistent feeling of "what the hell is going on?". Read morePublished 10 months ago by alan brown
I wouldn't rank this highly for Gibson but I think the plot was good and the pace was slow. Read more
Gibson's work parallels my favourite underground bands of the early 80's. Less edge now but still that unique sound. No easy feat.Published 15 months ago by Christopher Taylor
Still has the ideas, new ground, writing style is lean, makes you think and finally time "travel" that works, most excellent, real sci- fiPublished 16 months ago by Chrisjohn
Caveat . . . I love this genre of sci-fi. A return to the masterfully crafted dark vision of the future that were trademarks of his earlier works. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RottyDaddy
This is the type of sci-fi that can be tough to get into because Gibson introduces new vocabulary and concepts without explanation. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NM