All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties

Book - 1999
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"Gibson remains, like Raymond Chandler, an intoxicating stylist."--The New York Times Book ReviewAll Tomorrow's Parties is the perfect novel to publish at the end of 1999. It brings back Colin Laney, one of the most popular characters from Idoru, the man whose special sensitivities about people and events let him predict certain aspects of the future. Laney has realized that the disruptions everyone expected to happen at the beginning of the year 2000, which in fact did not happen, are still to come. Though down-and-out in Tokyo, his sense of what is to come tells him that the big event, whatever it is, will happen in San Francisco. He decides to head back to the United States--to San Francisco--to meet the future.The Washington Post praised Idoru as "beautifully written, dense with metaphors that open the eyes to the new, dreamlike, intensely imagined, deeply plausible." A bestseller across the country (it reached #1 in Los Angeles and San Francisco), and a major critical success, it confirmed William Gibson's position as "the premier visionary working in SF today" (Publishers Weekly). All Tomorrow's Parties is his next brilliant achievement.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1999.
ISBN: 9780399145797
0399145796
Characteristics: 277 p.

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GeoffAbel May 19, 2014

I think this is Gibson's best written book. Sure Neuromancer is cooler, but it took the intervening years for him to find his voice - which is powerful and unique. Some readers may not align with it - oh well.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 22, 2013

This is a must-read for anybody who knows and loves the Bay Area or William Gibson, or who has a fondness for dystopian fiction.

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loudem
Nov 14, 2011

The book seemed promising. I've checked the author's bio, and that seemed very promising. Then why do I feel that I read a dud? From the get go I felt lost in a no man's land. The people populating the book are very interesting but the action motivating them is brain dead. What's the deal with that bridge. What's the deal with the fire at the end. It all seem like a very bad dream. I cannot speak very well of this book. I would stay away. The book comes across as a useless exercise with no direction.

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Sep 22, 2013

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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