Paperback, 384 pages

Published Aug. 1, 2008 by Penguin Books.


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4 stars (11 reviews)

Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer.Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much. Which she doesn't; she can't afford to.Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn't survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can't say, but it seems to be military in โ€ฆ

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2 stars

As a sequel to "Pattern Recognition", this felt like a let-down to me. It lacked focus and it ended with way too many threads that were left unexplored. One of them is the concept of locative art (a mirrorworld term for our augmented reality), so much potential left unexplored. The multi-layer stream of bits and pieces ebbing and flowing in and out of the story could be an attempt to show the world-in-flux; it didn't work for me.

Maybe the novel is in itself a kind of locative art, only meant to be experienced in the specific period it was written, else its subtle nuances of that reality in time would not be appreciated by those from a different time, at a different place. Maybe if I'd read it in 2007, while living in the post-911 reality of US, I could appreciate more the patterns exposed.