Homer's Travels: Book: William Gibson's "The Peripheral"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book: William Gibson's "The Peripheral"

I had high expectations for my latest read.  I follow William Gibson on Twitter and I find his comments interesting.  The last few months his twitter feed has been dominated by his latest book "The Peripheral".  The reviews were so glowing that I decided to read it.

I've known about William Gibson for awhile but I have never read any of his writing.  I'm not really sure why as his books fit in the science fiction/technology/cybernetics  genre that I am often attracted to.  "The Peripheral" also fits in this genre.  That is why I am surprised to say that my reaction to this book was ... meh.

Don't get me wrong, the book is not bad.  It just feels a bit ordinary.  It did have some original ideas which did peak my interest but in the end I expected more.

The thing that bothered me the most, I suppose, are the loose ends.  Some critical concepts are introduced as mysteries in the book but the mysteries are never solved - namely the truth about "the server" and how a second group had managed to enter the stub.  In some books mysteries like these would presage the coming of a sequel.  In "The Peripheral" is just felt like incomplete storytelling.

On Goodreads I gave the book three stars.  I almost considered giving it four but the holes in the story bothered me.  I wish I could have given it three and a half.  That would have felt more appropriate.

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