“The best novel William Gibson has ever written about the world we’re entering daily. Neuromancer made Gibson famous; Idoru cements that fame.”—The. The best novel William Gibson has ever written about the world we’re entering daily. Neuromancer made Gibson famous; Idoru cements that fame.”—The. Facts. Title: Idory Author: William Gibson Year of publishing: In Idoru Gibson concentrates on the themes of media and popularity in a.

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Have you noticed that? A storyline both engaging and profound, the author continues in all-too-believable fashion to extrapolate upon our world in a near future dilliam is as breath-taking as it is worrisome. And while this scenario would be hilarity all by itself, our other tour guide winds up being a guy all the other teenage girls want to be.

Fiction Book Review: Idoru by William Gibson, Author Putnam $ (p) ISBN

The characters are shamelessly cliche and 2-dimensional: He also makes it clear here that he’s playing a bit of a long game, bringing back characters from the first novel for cameos and an ending that forces a resolution that doesn’t resolve much of anything except keeping the bodies from stacking up. The Natashas were everywhere, working girls shipped in from Vladivostok by the Kombinat. Intriguing cultural references lead us to ask “is that really true?

It is important to note that my copy of this book was rather damaged and this did detract from my enjoyment of reading this novel. The main character, Colin Laney, has a talent for identifying nodal pointsanalogous to Gibson’s own:. This is not to say that it’s entirely plausible – some technical aspects are suspect, such as the very restrained impact of nanotechnology, and aspects of the climax are opaque to everyone, including the author, i suspect. It is my habit to record ephemera of popular culture.

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I feel like I should be awarding this one more p0ints, maybe after I’ve read Virtual Light.

He was affecting the unity of her theory. Suffice to say, while Virtual Light set the groundwork for one stanchion, Idoru sets the other, willjam East and West interwoven in ways no single human can modulate or prevent. An impressive piece of cyberpunk.

Newer Post Older Post Home. List of works List of awards and nominations. Feb 26, Mike rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It went somewhere along the lines of “if Gibson’s stories sucked you in as his world descriptions do he would write the best books ever But where Virtual Light’s version of Los Angeles dealt with disaster by plodding onwards, leaving behind infrastructure that had crumbled along with those who chose to inhabit it, Idoru’s Tokyo raised buildings overnight with nanotechnology and strove to pretend that nothing had happened.

See the entry for synthespian for more information. Now things are going too far. She complained, always, that the nature of celebrity was much the worse for wear. Jan 07, Pages Buy. The technology is mostly assumed as part of the world, and there’s no great effort to explain or justify it. Gibson’s writing has distance. Gibson has Laney spends lots of time with the band’s perhaps borderline psychotic security chief and the rest of the staff and its a bit of a surreal view of what it’s like to live in the orbit of someone unbelievably famous while doing your best to maintain a protective bubble around them.

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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Jun 17, serprex rated it liked it. Yamazaki, straightening his glasses. Idoru wikliam this while also exploring the concepts of celebrity and the intertwining of the virtual and the real in our world. You can’t escape the sense that the worst-case scenario if every protagonist or secondary “good guy” totally fails at their various missions would be that a few of those characters would be mildly disappointed by a public figure for a little while before moving on.



Laney accepts his new position warily, but is conflicted throughout much of the novel by his past involvement with a powerful infotainment organization, ” SlitScan “, which thrives on destroying media personalities by exposing their secrets.

Please try again later. Palest of pale blonds. Noir shadows remain, but given the neon-exotic setting and the anything-but-standard storyline, the choice is apt, making Idoru similar in depth but different in presentation to Virtual Light —both quality in their own rights.

Says they need a serious netrunner. In contrast, the real world is mostly austere, yet odd objects scream crude colour and novelty. View all 4 comments.

Rez has claimed to want to marry a synthetic personality named Rei Toeithe Idodu Japanese Idol of the title, which is apparently impossible and therefore questioned by his loyal staff, particularly by his head of security, Keith Blackwell. Idoru is the second book in William Gibson ‘s Bridge trilogy. The two opposite said nothing. Retrieved from ” https: The contraband turns out to be a highly illegal nanotech assembler, a device used for high-speed material fabrication, which Eddie smuggled in on behalf of the Russian Mafia.

In her original context, Alison is presented to Laney as “all data”; she is little more than some fulcrum of collapsed transactions that swing back onto some celebrity target of Slitscan’s. Since the plot revolves around Rez, a rock star and wulliam of the future, it’s a bit disappointing that Gibson doesn’t, in the end, give us a very detailed idea of what he’s really up to.