All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson

The final part of Gibson’s ‘Bridge’ trilogy, this book is less telegraphic than ‘Idoru’, but it brings all the threads of the previous novels together. It explodes into cyberpunkish ultra-violence from time to time, and oddly it reads less like a contemporary novel than the previous two books in the trilogy, probably because it relies ultimately on the Lucky Dragon convenience store chain. The ending seems like an anti-climax; most of the main characters turn out good in the end and have happy endings, whilst the looming nodal point in human affairs passes by almost without notice. Only in retrospect do you realise what that nodal point was and what its implications are – which is the way things really are in the real world, so full marks there.

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