Count Zero

I finished Count Zero, by William Gibson, a few days ago.  I'm writing about it now because I've been working 12 hour days every day. I don't have a photo journal for this one, like I did the last several books I read (Snuff, Going Postal, Jingo and the Truth, all by Terry Pratchett) because, while there was a lot of very quotable material from Count Zero, there is not a great deal of material that makes good quotes out of context, expressing interesting or poignant philosophical arguments that are extremely relevant to the world as exists today.  Or, if they are, the insights they provide are pessimistic past the point I'm willing to share.

Count Zero is the second book in the Sprawl trilogy, preceded by Neuromancer and followed by Mona Lisa Overdrive.  I read Neuromancer a long time ago -- at least five years -- and don't remember very much from it, but I think that improved my reading experiences a bit, because the books are separated by large gaps of time and feature none of the same characters.  (Arguably.)

The book has a sort of kitchy Cyberpunk aesthetic that takes some getting over -- which totally isn't fair, because it invented all the tropes that it popularized to the point that they've become played out and laughable, and even still manages to interrogate them in a number of ways.  And its depiction of the internet is silly, but it came out before the internet existed in any sense that resembles the one in the book.

I'm now reading A Wizard of Earthsea, the first book in Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy.  I will report back soon.

Count Zero, by William Gibson: [Amazon], [Barnes & Noble]