This is the second time I'm reading the book.
First I had it in Italian, right when it's been published.
Reading it again now makes pattern emerge better, leaves a warm fuzzy feeling. Recommended.
Boring characters, boring plot, terribly uninteresting ending.
It's quite funny how, if you read William Gibson books in the sequence they were published, they get closer in time frame to the present day. :)
Terrific female protagonist. Cayce Pollard is an incredible woman and his flaw is pure genius! The way the novel describes hes journey through the assignment is intriguing, since it's supported by the crucial issue of pattern recognition. The line about Cayce interviewing the first guy wearing the baseball hat backward is total cult, even tho, according to the wiki: «The idea of wearing the cap backwards is commonly attributed to catchers in baseball, as when they began using facemasks, they had to turn the cap around to fit the mask on». Unfortunately, the plot doesn't lead to a very fulfilling climax and the resolution isn't fulfilling as well. Still, Gibson can bring the reader through places and feelings and especially lack of feelings as nobody else can do.
Can't wait to see how Peter Weir will translate the book into a thriller movie. It's gonna be pretty complicated to dramatize Cayce in hollywood standards without making her too banal (http://pullquote.typepad.com/pullquote/2004/04/who_will_play_c.html)...Continua