Favourite books of William Gibson

William Gibson

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and essayist who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre.

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Glow by Ned Beauman

William Gibson recommends Glow

Reminiscent of early Pynchon, but utterly 21st Century and as if engraved on the head of a pin. Brisk, concise, wonderfully tactile, frequently hilarious. Entirely surprising after the equally but very differently surprising The Teleportation Accident.

South London, May 2010: foxes are behaving strangely, Burmese immigrants are going missing, and everyone is trying to get hold of a new party drug called Glow. A young man suffering from a rare sleep disorder will uncover the connections between all these anomalies in this taut, riveting new novel by a young writer hailed by The Guardian as playful, arresting, unnerving, opulent, rude andabove alldeliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh. Twenty-two-year-old Raf spends his days walking Rose, a bull terrier who guards the transmitters for a pirate radio station, and his nights at raves in warehouses and launderettes. When his friend Theo vanishes without a trace, Rafs efforts to find him will lead straight into the heart of a global corporate conspiracy. Meanwhile, hes falling in love with a beautiful young woman he met at one of those raves, but hell soon discover that there is far more to Cherish than meets the eye. Combining the pace, drama, and explosive plot twists of a thriller with his trademark intellectual, linguistic, and comedic pyrotechnics, Glow is Ned Beaumans most compelling, virtuosic, and compulsively readable novel yet. From the Hardcover edition.

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

William Gibson recommends Tigerman

Joseph Conrad as rendered by Douglas Adams, or vice versa, though that scarcely does it justice. Marvelous storytelling, great heart, gloriously peculiar imagination.

A KIRKUS REVIEWS and NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A WASHINGTON POST AND ALA NOTABLE BOOK Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, hes about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lesters brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye. Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreus fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the islandand the boywill need. From the award-winning author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, Tigerman is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrillingabout parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind. From the Hardcover edition.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

William Gibson recommends Broken Monsters

Audacious mingling of genres (crime, supernatural horror) yields remarkable insights into the zeitgeist. Also, the best fictive version of contemporary Detroit I've yet read.

"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down...I'd grab it if I were you." --Stephen King A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes's new genre-bending novel of suspense. Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe--and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world. If Lauren Beukes's internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

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