reviewed Agency by William Gibson, BA

William Gibson, BA: Agency (Hardcover, 2020, Berkley) 3 stars

"One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (The Boston …

More of the good stuff convoluted story

3 stars

I listened to this book with a sinus infection so maybe I missed some of the charm, but there are not one but two exposition characters constantly asking what's going on, and they're abosulty necessary to keep the story straight. And are often apologized to because nobody has any idea what is gong on or why people are going places and doing things. There are narrative reasons for all of this, but it's a big glamor show with no real impact. In fact the last 30% of the book could have not included the protaganist and it would have gone exactly the same way. While we got flashy fights and over the top stunts with the main character keeping a stiff upper lip and going along for the ride, I still can't tell you why.

It's a narrative full of "and then" and no "there for" or "but".

Awesome characters, great scifi ideas, I still love the series and will read book 3 when it comes out, but it could have skipped the Gibson "heist admit chaos" crescendo since the heist had no payoff what soever.