Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 2014
Genre Scifi
Origin US
Publisher Putnam Adult
ISBN-10 0399158448
ISBN-13 978-0399158445
My Copy library hardback
First Read December 30, 2014

The Peripheral



It's less like the Bigend / Blue Ant books, which are set in the modern day (and which I really like), and more like early cyberpunk Gibson. The plot is alternately set in an indeterminate Near Future - slightly extrapolated from today - and a Further Future, where the real scifi shit goes down. The connection, such as it is, isn't really delineated until one hundred pages in. Gibson rolls out his Necromancer-era dense writing style, where he's packing in jargon and future-speak and dense allusions, so that first hundred pages is bewildering and fun, if not particularly comprehensible on the first read-through. It was great, except for its predictable, boring climax.

Noted on January 9, 2015

50 pages into The Peripheral and I'm totally as lost as I was when we started.

Noted on January 9, 2015

A few stray bits of Lego edged fitfully about among lower strata, like bright rectilinear beetles.

Quoted on January 9, 2015

Conspiracy theory’s got to be simple. Sense doesn’t come into it. People are more scared of how complicated shit actually is than they ever are about whatever’s supposed to be behind the conspiracy.

Quoted on January 9, 2015

That evil wasn’t glamorous, but just the result of ordinary half-assed badness, high school badness, given enough room, however that might happen, to become its bigger self. Bigger, with more horrible results, but never more than the cumulative weight of ordinary human baseness.

Quoted on January 9, 2015

So now, in her day, he said, they were headed into androgenic, systemic, multiplex, seriously bad shit, like she sort of already knew, figured everybody did, except for people who still said it wasn't happening, and those people were mostly expecting the Second Coming, anyway.

Quoted on January 9, 2015

Those fuckers,” Janice said, meaning the football players, “they get me doing hate Kegels.

Quoted on January 9, 2015


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