I agree with you.
It's true that the book begins in a way that can be confusing. Gibson throws the reader right into the swing of things and into this ultra-real fictional present often presenting information with little explanation. He moves quickly, often making it difficult to follow. And the scattershot prose is often confusing. Don't be alarmed. Several chapters into the book, the narrative calms downs, and it becomes more straightforward. Most readers will be relieved. Some may regret the lapse back into more traditional storytelling.
My opinion on the book :
The novel is like a fast-moving movie, a series of information-rich "visuals." The feeling that Gibson elicits from his urban "sets" is further enhanced by keenly observant descriptions of interiors. Gibson could make a good interior designer, always commenting on the strange color and construction of walls and the peculiar nature of window treatments. When first in any room, he usually provides an annotated inventory of any furniture.
Gibson is an author known for his "atmospherics." This time around, he does not disappoint. He goes international, taking Cayce Pollard, his young heroine, to a ragged, worn around the edges London, to Tokyo where nature has been usurped by a "maniacally animated forest of signs." He is at his most descriptive when the action moves to Moscow with its "Cyclopean Stalin-era buildings."
I personally love the book.The author's descriptions are spectacular.
At first I found it weird and very difficult to read but, as I kept on moving forward, I got used to it and I even enjoyed it.
· 9 years ago