Zero History

Zero History

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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The iconic visionary returns with his first new novel since the New York Times bestseller Spook Country .

Whatever you do, because you are an artist, will bring you to the next thing of your own...

When she sang for The Curfew, Hollis Henry's face was known worldwide. She still runs into people who remember the poster. Unfortunately, in the post-crash economy, cult memorabilia doesn't pay the rent, and right now she's a journalist in need of a job. The last person she wants to work for is Hubertus Bigend, twisted genius of global marketing; but there's no way to tell an entity like Bigend that you want nothing more to do with him. That simply brings you more firmly to his attention.

Milgrim is clean, drug-free for the first time in a decade. It took eight months in a clinic in Basel. Fifteen complete changes of his blood. Bigend paid for all that. Milgrim's idiomatic Russian is superb, and he notices things. Meanwhile no one notices Milgrim. That makes him worth every penny, though it cost Bigend more than his cartel-grade custom-armored truck.

The culture of the military has trickled down to the street- Bigend knows that, and he'll find a way to take a cut. What surprises him though is that someone else seems to be on top of that situation in a way that Bigend associates only with himself. Bigend loves staring into the abyss of the global market; he's just not used to it staring back.

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Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156823
Branch Call Number: FICTION GIB
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 24 cm.

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JCLThomasM Jul 03, 2017

The end of the Bigend Trilogy that reset William Gibson's futuristic universes, paired with an analysis of how we relate to media and fashion.

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sat7
May 01, 2015

Strongly capitalizing on commercialism, privatization and corruption of government by technology. The professional reviews are through (and long). This material is timely, thrilling and well done. A worthy read

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StarGladiator
Jan 18, 2015

Gibson, definitely the most overrated author in the country. OxG calls it right!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 30, 2013

There is no disputing that Gibson's 1984 novel, "Neuromancer" is a seminal entry in sci-fi and arguably the most important book in the genre of the past 3 decades, yet it would not have been possible without the influence of Dick, Ballard and Burroughs, among others. In recent years, he's gradually drifted away from pure sci-fi into more paranoid, realistic territory. This forms a loose trilogy with "Pattern Recognition" and "Spook Country" and it feels now that his influences are Pynchon and DeLillo. The plot has something to do with secret brands and didn't really engage me.

gwsuperfan Mar 23, 2011

This book didn't even feel like a sequel to Spook Country. It was the same book, just set in the UK and France instead of the US and Canada. Far less than what I'd expect from the writer who invented the concept of cyberspace.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

"Characters we met in the earlier Pattern Recognition and Spook Country (including former rock singer Hollis Henry) return as Gibson explores our consumer culture's obsession with things--in this case, a brand of denim clothing called Gabriel Hounds. This isn't science fiction, it's a thriller."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Robin Lenz

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richreads
Oct 08, 2010

The writing is concise and precise, like a diamond flow. Not many characters like this in the fiction worlds I've checked out.

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