Book Review: Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

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I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it either. Pattern Recognition is not a difficult read although some of the author’s language choices were disruptive (I couldn’t figure out if the main character’s name, Cayce, was pronounced Case or Casey and I spent a bit of time being distracted by this).

The plot is ho hum. I’ve read some reviews that say the book is about people searching for meaning, which I think is probably true, but then it’s disappointing that the book failed to provide any meaning in and of itself. It could be a commentary on the meaningless lives we are living today but if that was the intention, it could have been done in a much more interesting way.

I’ve also read that this is science fiction – well, let me clear this up for everyone – it’s not science fiction! It feels more like a semi-literary whodunnit and ends up revealing no one dunnit because there was no real mystery in the first place.

If you’re one of those people who also finishes a book in case the last page reveals an amazing ending that ties everything together and has a real impact, please be aware that this isn’t one of those books. If you don’t like the first 20 pages, then you’re not going to like the book because it’s a pretty consistently thematic book throughout.

3 stars

*First published on Goodreads 15 September 2013

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