After reading William Gibson’s last book, “Pattern Recognition,” I was stoked to see his next was out really soon. Although “Spook Country” has its moment and is pretty well-developed, it didn’t grab me as much as his others have.
Published: 2007, 372 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 9.4.07
Date finished: 9.29.07
What I liked: I liked the cinematic structure of each chapter following a different quasi-narrators, whose stories eventually begin to intertwine. Hollis Henry is a indie-darling-turned-journalist working on a story about locative art for a magazine project headed up by Hubertus Bigend, who also played a big part in “Pattern Recognition.” Tito is a Chinese-Cuban messenger of sorts trained in secret Russian protocol to deliver sensitive information. Milgrim is being held captive by an on-edge mystery man who doles out the anti-anxiety meds he depends on in exchange for his Russian translation services.
What I didn’t like: I’m not quite sure why, but I had a hard time staying interested in this one. The concept of locative art is really interesting, but the mystery tying the three narrators together perhaps never was fully revealed.
What I learned: Structural prowess doesn’t necessarily translate into gripping reading.