All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow s Parties Rydell is on his way back to near future San Francisco A stint as a security man in an all night Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere but his friend Laney phon

  • Title: All Tomorrow's Parties
  • Author: William Gibson
  • ISBN: 9780140266139
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rydell is on his way back to near future San Francisco A stint as a security man in an all night Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there s interesting work for him in Northern California.

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    1. A fabulously satisfying end to Gibson's Bridge trilogy and of the four Gibson novels I've read to date, the most enjoyable to read.I think I knew the moment we are introduced to the character of Silencio that between the publication of Virtual Light (a book I found difficult and stilted) and this third instalment William Gibson had stepped his game up to a new level, that the readability of Idoru wasn't just a fluke. As I mentioned in my review of Virtual Light, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash made [...]

    2. After a good, if a bit inconsequential start with Virtual Light, and a much more inconsequential, but promising, Idoru, the Bridge Trilogy finishes with All Tomorrow's Parties and what seemed like it's going somewhere - and going somewhere big - failed to meet my expectationsIf somebody wants to see the worst things about Gibson's writing, this book is where to look for them. Tens of characters, many of them feeling like useless, pointless filler (Creedmore or Boomzilla, anyone?). Recurring char [...]

    3. Gibson is just such a great writer. His imagery isn't distracting as one reads it, but has a way of transforming the most mundane things into the exotic and futuristic. His settings are often barely sci-fi - but the way he talks about them, they seem as if they are. Leads to philosophical musings about - it's all in how you look at the world.'All Tomorrow's Parties' is a sequel to Virtual Light and Idoru, but works as a stand-alone as well. Not much actually happens in the book. It's more about [...]

    4. Slow to start and too quick to finish - the conclusion could have used some more development and clarity. The characters, as usual for Gibson, are really well drawn and make this worthy of four stars. What is most interesting here is the setting - the focus on the "interstitial" bridge area and its symbolic connection to post-industrial society and the effects of advanced capitalism and neo-liberalism on specific groups of the population.

    5. Whenever I need a dose of the future past, I turn to William Gibson. I’m catching up. Soon I’ll be able to read The Peripheral. But first we need to return to Northern California, circa sometime in the near future that never was. All Tomorrow’s Parties definitely has a conclusive feel to it. The Bridge trilogy has always felt somewhat laid-back in its connections across books—characters in common, vague references to events, but each book has been very much its own story. This has a lot [...]

    6. My dad was able to get along with just about any kind of person on earth, constitutionally, and I think also because he got heavy into drugs in his youth and drugs are, like the old secretive underground gay culture, a levelling mechanism, the dealer's being a place where all the classes meet, like in the Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man". My dad knew this guy, another Freddie, as he was, Freddie Facious, something like that. Who knows how they met. I barely remember it, as it was long, [...]

    7. This is 'Future Noir'. That's what he does. Seems like he invented it. A crashing good read, but I came out wondering what happened. Nice short chapters read as prose poems. Good book for waiting. For anything. Leading the chapters with pronouns, without reference, keeps me puzzling for a while - "who's he talking about?" - sometimes I figure it out; sometimes I don't. Colorful, greasy, mechy-techy, always a lower class view of world changing, and unclear, events. Cultural textures are true and [...]

    8. Gibson's deliberately cool, crisp writing--it conjures using an intense _specificity_ and delectable word choice--conflicts with the frequently grubby and detritus-laden settings of his stories.This is the end of something. The "interstitial" society of the Bridge is becoming contaminated by the larger culture, in the form of tourists and commercial/media observation and outside investment and involvement. The counterculture is becoming the culture and being absorbed or at least encroached upon [...]

    9. This review contains spoilers. The conclusion of "The Bridge Trilogy" was bittersweet for me. I very much enjoyed watching Rydell, the down-on-his-luck failed cop cum security guard, stumble his way through Gibson's world and continue to land on his feet while playing pivotal roles in events too large for him to really comprehend. That ability to land on his feet is what prevents Rydell from attaining his goal of being on the reality-show "Cops in Trouble". I also enjoyed Chevette, the street-wi [...]

    10. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.When he was a child in an orphanage in Florida, Colin Laney participated in a research study in which he was given a drug that allows him to visualize and extract meaningful information from endless streams of internet data. Laney now has the ability to see nodal points in history — times and places where important changes are occurring. Even though he doesn’t recognize what the change will be, he “sees the shapes from which history emerges.”Laney [...]

    11. This was the first Gibson book I've read, and I realized, late, that I've been reading the "bridge trilogy" out of sequence. This helped to explain why I was having such a difficulty in following the narrative. To be honest, I think I'm done with the "bridge trilogy" for now. After finishing this, the final book in the sequence, I don't have the energy to go back to the beginning. Now, hold on I'm not done with Gibson, if that's what you were thinking. I'm merely done with this series. I have ha [...]

    12. Titling your novel after a hip for a newfangled piece of future technology? That'll get the attention of the cool kids. Naming the second book in the trilogy with some funny sounding Japanese name will bring in the people who like exotic stuff or think its some weird ghost horror story. But naming your third book after a Velvet Underground song intoned by the never less than serious sounding Nico? Now we mean business.As a writer, Gibson is often accused of crafting interesting settings and desc [...]

    13. William Gibson's novel All Tomorrow’s Parties brings together characters from his novels Virtual Light and Idoru and places them into an apocalyptic event in San Francisco that is meant to mean a new beginning for the world.The novel begins with the fact that Colin Laney has gone insane, the inevitable result of being used to test an experimental drug in a federal orphanage. He's living in a cardboard city in a Tokyo subway, living off stimulants and blue cough syrup, obsessed with an approach [...]

    14. "The past is past, the future unformed.""Something at once noun and verb.While Laney, plunging, eyes wide against the pressure of information knows himself to be merely adjectival.""Is a world within the world, and, if there be such places between the things of the world, places built in the gaps, then surely there are things there, and places between them, and things in those places too.""All his life Laney has heard talk of the death of history, but confronted with the literal shape of all hum [...]

    15. A sci-fi story about future homeless living on a now defunct Golden Gate Bridge and their survival skills. One of the bridge's inhabitants comes back home with a friend to shoot a documentary at the same time that a time conglomerate world-wide event that will shift life as we know it, is about to take place. This is being predicted by a mental man hiding in a cardboard box in the subways of Japan because as an orphaned boy he was chemically experimented on and the side effects give him powers t [...]

    16. I I've got something to admit. I love Law & Order, the long-running TV show. It's pretty much the same show over and over, but it's got guts and grit, archetype characters and grubby scenescapes. The pattern is familiar, but endlessly entertaining. Upon repeated viewings, characters deepen, the well-worn grooves become familiar, making the viewer all the more aware of differences. In many ways, it's like the best of serial comic fiction. The comfort of the canon, the excitement of the "twist [...]

    17. A four star book that he couldnt finish properly and thus is a 3 star book.Theres a lot to love here. Characters you have known and grown to love. The same mysterious interesting universe presented in Idoru and Virtual Light. Beautiful writing - Gibson definitely improved in his prose. Its still full of slang and stylistic grammar, but the flow is much better.I loved the plot, the setting, etc, but the ending is too ambiguous and too fast. So much time was spent on characters like The Suit, whic [...]

    18. While the final book didn't hold it's end up well it was at least more cohesive with the first book than the second one was. Gibson continues to flesh out the anarchical society that has developed on the now damaged and abandoned bridge. Which makes for the best part of the book as he seems to have let his characters fall to the wayside. I'm really wondering what happened to Chevette and Rydell as they now seem more like caricatures. All their self possession and ability to use decisive action s [...]

    19. Possibly my favorite of the "Bridge" trilogy. Chevette and Barry return, changed but still very much themselves. The characters we meet throughout the book are interesting, except Laney, who took bland to new levels. The plot was easier to follow, though I'm hard-pressed to remember it. (I'll give this review a re-write after I re-read the book.) This is a great prequel, bridging (har har) the modern (well, '80s) world and the future of "Neuromancer."

    20. This book is different, I have never read anything like it. The world is like an extrapolation of our internet world, but yet different. The story itself was good, short, enlightening and weird?I think I need to read the other books to better understand this.Anyhow, I would recommend it very much.

    21. I finally finished the "Bridge Trilogy" with this book last month. I liked the middle one the best. I guess I just didn't get how the plot of this one wrapped up. It seemed like a lot of plot for little payoff. I think I'm done with Gibson for a long while. I haven't really enjoyed much of what I've read.

    22. So, I always love William Gibson, but I don't now how I missed this one - I read the other two books in the Bridge trilogy, but missed this one. I love the idea of the Oakland Bay Bridge closed to traffic after an earthquake and becoming full of squatters in cardboard and plastic homes.

    23. This is a reread and better the second time through. As the bookjacket says. Gibson coined the term cyberspace and envisioned the Internet and virtual reality before either excited. Maybe a stretch but this 1999 book is still relevant today, a forecast of what might be.

    24. Typical of much of Gibson's work the story is engrossing and captivating even if the conclusion leaves something to be desired. never quite hitting the high notes of earlier books in the series but all the same its thematic and thought provoking.

    25. See also my review on Idoru. Maybe I'll go back and read both Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties to see what they were about as they were read in a quick rush through college.

    26. A satisfying, though somewhat rushed, conclusion to the Bridge trilogy. Having gone back to read this series after the fact, it still feels transitional by comparison with the Blue Ant trilogy which follows it. But All Tomorrow's Parties, like Idoru, is a definite step up in Gibson's ability, and it clearly anticipates the stronger series to come. ATP is limited somewhat by a cast that's larger than the Bridge trilogy really needs, and Gibson struggles a bit to keep everyone relevant and engaged [...]

    27. Inside a cardboard box in a Tokyo subway station, Colin Laney sees the end of the world.Or, perhaps, the beginning.What do a down-on-his-luck rent-a-cop, a sentient Artificial Intelligence construct, a wealthy power broker, a global chain of convenience stores, and a faceless assassin have in common? Not even Colin Laney knows for sure, but somehow, they’re all intimately connected to a turning point in human history–a massive paradigm shift that’s going to begin in San Francisco, and afte [...]

    28. If you liked the "Bridge" trilogy, you will love this, or possibly spend far too long trying to which bit was meant to be the ending. But that is ok. One of the joys of Gibson's sci-fi is the innovative way he navigates narrative. I guess if you are this far into the series you are probably into that, or have at least made your peace with it. This book has the return of all my favourite characters, best of all a certain bike courier who was missing from the last volume (plus a momentary cameo fr [...]

    29. Even though I read this book out of sequence I really enjoyed it. There a certain vivid imagistic quality to Gibson's prose that I thoroughly enjoy. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the other books in the series but nothing about the book screamed third entry in a series to me so maybe not.

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