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Luce virtuale (1993)

di William Gibson

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Serie: Bridge Trilogy (1)

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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...… (altro)
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Vibrant! ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
I liked it, especially the settings, characters, and edge. The story itself took a backseat to a lot of the other things that were going on....but it was there and satisfying in its own (virtual) light. ( )
  tsgood | Aug 31, 2021 |
Engaging characters and snappy writing. Gibson is becoming one of my most favorite authors. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Plus a half star. I enjoyed it a lot. The characters and the world building. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Virtual Light is the first in the Bridge Trilogy, and sets the stage for the series arc more than it sets up any central conflict playing out over the three books. Each novel focuses on its own story, the series arc plays out in the background -- especially in the first two books.

In book one, the staging is simple: the Bridge itself, a few hints surrounding AIDS Saint JD Shapeley, and the Yamazaki subplot are enticingly there, but only just. The setting is the aftermath of two cataclysms, one more evident to the reader (at first) than the other: an earthquake crippling the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, and a pandemic evidently largely responsible for society not fully rebuilding. The Bay Bridge itself is a stark illustration of the haves & have-nots in this US society, with global trends following closely in the wake of US developments. Interestingly, denizens of the Bridge appear more vibrant & creative than rest of culture despite their subalternity. Dominant culture is tired, mechanized, efficient, and pushing society toward disruption, but all of this is recognizable mostly after reading the other two books. The novel's main plot doesn't involve any of these in any significant way.

Curious book design, the font almost a bold typeface and more suitable for captions or titles than narrative text. Chapter pages take a full facing page, in greyscale, with design reminiscent of a graphic novel. Section breaks within a chapter signaled by a horizontal rectangle, almost Prairie Style and at odds with the font and chapter design. Even the pagination and author / title repeated in upper corners seem more appropriate to an OMNI magazine layout than a hardbound novel. I wonder how much the publisher allowed this because the novel seems short, and all this busy-ness helped "fill it out" for the marketing department. Disappointingly, several typos not caught in copyediting: its / it's, Elliot / Elliott. I don't fault or credit Gibson for any of this, of course.

A solid book and a fun read. Taken alone upon publication, quite satisfying. This second reading I read it in one go with the remaining novels. I was pleased to find the shadowy hints took on a bit more solidity and shape in the context of the whole. The theme of global disruption from pandemic was especially interesting, with COVID-19 fully disrupting human civilisation at the time of reading.

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synopsis | Chevette impulsively steals a pair of sunglasses after an encounter with an entitled misogynist, setting in motion several parties intent on retrieving the glasses and erasing all knowledge of them. Rydell shifts from a job at one subsidiary of DatAmerica to a different job in another, unknowingly moving closer to the center of a private business deal with global implications. There is more than one shadow government pulling strings, however, and evidently most are unaware of (or underestimate) the Republic of Desire. ( )
  elenchus | Aug 14, 2020 |
From a thematic point of view, Virtual Light was perhaps the most overt of Gibson’s oeuvre at the time it was written. Leaving little doubt as to his aims, fundamentalist religions, the rudiments of cyberspace, economics’ nexus with society, and the influence of entertainment are all presented in one form or another. The climax of the story, while perhaps confusing for some given the oblique commentary, is nevertheless a punch square in the nose of media sensationalism and its effects on modern humanity.
aggiunto da elenchus | modificaspeculiction.com, Jesse (Jul 31, 2013)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
William Gibsonautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Brautigam, DonImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Hunter, StuartImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...

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