669 pages

English language

Published Nov. 9, 2011 by Thorndike Press.

ISBN:
978-1-4104-3490-6
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OCLC Number:
671386363

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4 stars (53 reviews)

"Hollis Henry worked for global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience, but she's broke. Milgrim is thoroughly owned by Bigend. He's worth it for his gift of seeming to disappear in almost any setting. Garreth has a passion for extreme sports. He isn't owned by Bigend, but he has friends from whom he can call in the kinds of favors that Bigend sometimes needs. Like now, when a Department of Defense contract turns sideways and he finds himself outmaneuvered in a seriously dangerous world."--Taken from cover p. 4.

8 editions

Review of 'Zero History' on Goodreads

4 stars

What are "trends", what fascinates us about them, what do we seek when we're riding a trend wave? How do we construct and what associations do we afford in our appearance, what does it signal to our peers, to those above and below us, to faceless networks?

It's the final part of the Blue Ant trilogy, again revolving around the unearthing of secret, ultra-niche trends, their microcosms and the meta-potential they hold for people like Hubertus Bigend who are keen in taming them. From the single POV of Patern Recognition to the triple intertwined stories of Spook Country, Zero History balances out with two entangled protagonists, with Hubertus Bigend as the producer/puppeteer behind it all.

A few recurring characters from the Blue Ant saga, some more central than others, it felt nice recalling their background stories when their names are revealed. Their backstories not necessary to follow Zero History โ€ฆ

Review of 'Zero History' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As always, a huge fan of Gibson's tight prose, his eclectic vision, his ability to get to the core of social and emergent technology trends. I continue to love Hollis Henry, the former lead singer of the Curfew, and reluctant employee for Hubertus Bigend, the Belgian cool hunter and billionaire. The tabula rasa character of recovering drug addict Milgrim is delightful in his childlike way he stumbles through the espionage and double crossings. There is a great supporting cast of eccentric and fun characters to discover along the way: Heidi Hyde, former bandmate, just ending her nth marriage; Garrett, the thrill seeking, building jumping, ex-boyfriend of Hollis; Winnie the DoD Goverment agent who sets up twitter accounts to pass secret messages to Milgrim; Fiona the courier/bodyguard, charming in her affection for Milgrim. Who would think that the search for a secret brand of jeans, could be so much fun?

Review of 'Zero History' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Wow, the first William Gibson that I have been unable to finish. Stalled with 100 pages to go.

I respect Gibson wanting to move beyond cyberpunk. But leaving behind the obsession with unique objects, while taking out all the interesting stuff, did not work for me. Unique hand-crafted cyberspace deck that a protagonist uses to live a life on the edge? Interesting. Uniquely strange diorama created by an AI in a satellite? Interesting. Unique underground brand of designer jeans? Uninteresting.

Review of 'Zero History' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Just like the two previous books of what he calls the "Bigend Trilogy" this one is set in the present - well, actually in the very near past.

Being a total fanboy, I did read it in basically two sittings. Just like the two books before, it does end rather abruptly, though - wrapping up the story in one rather short chapter. As usual I did enjoy most of what could be considered "exposition" and description of places and people - he's much better with that than with the plot development.
In the end there are two "big" revelation which both made me groan, but maybe I'm too jaded.
It was big fun to see stuff that has been floating around the internet in the last few years randomly pop up as little beacons of Zeitgeist, so, yeah: 4 out of 5, for the general feeling of awesomeness, one redacted โ€ฆ

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