All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties

Book - 1999
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Living a down-and-out existence in Tokyo, Colin Laney is determined to make his way back to the United States and to San Francisco, where, thanks to his special sensitivities about people and events, he believes a pivotal moment in human history will take place sometime in the future

Blackwell North Amer
Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Tokyo. His body shakes with fever dreams, but his mind roams free as always, and he knows something is about to happen. Not in Tokyo: he will not see this thing himself. Something is about to happen in San Francisco, and Laney needs a man on the ground there.
Rydell has no pressing reason not to go to San Francisco. Chevette isn't running toward Rydell, though of all her ex-boyfriends he's the only one she might want to run toward. But in any case she's running to San Francisco, to her old home on the Bridge, where people live who have no place else to go.
The mists of San Francisco make it easy to hide, if hiding is what you want, and even at the best of times reality there seems to shift. A gray man moves elegantly through the mists, leaving bodies in his wake, so that a tide of absences alerts Laney to his presence. A boy named Silencio does not speak, but flies through webs of cyber-information in search of one object that has seized his imagination. And Rei Toi, the Japanese Idoru, continues her study of all things human. She herself is not human, not quite, but she's working on it. And in the mists of San Francisco, at this rare moment in history, who is to say what is or is not impossible....

Baker
& Taylor

Living a down-and-out existence in Tokyo, Colin Laney is determined to make his way back to the United States and to San Francisco, where, thanks to his special sensitivities about people and events, he believes a pivotal moment in human history will take place sometime in the future. 85,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1999
ISBN: 9780399145797
0399145796
Branch Call Number: SF GIBSON
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 24 cm

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GeoffAbel May 19, 2014

I think this is Gibson's best written book. Sure Neuromancer is cooler, but it took the intervening years for him to find his voice - which is powerful and unique. Some readers may not align with it - oh well.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 22, 2013

This is a must-read for anybody who knows and loves the Bay Area or William Gibson, or who has a fondness for dystopian fiction.

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loudem
Nov 14, 2011

The book seemed promising. I've checked the author's bio, and that seemed very promising. Then why do I feel that I read a dud? From the get go I felt lost in a no man's land. The people populating the book are very interesting but the action motivating them is brain dead. What's the deal with that bridge. What's the deal with the fire at the end. It all seem like a very bad dream. I cannot speak very well of this book. I would stay away. The book comes across as a useless exercise with no direction.

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waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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