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    Peak behind the curtain

    Gibson's second novel in the Blue Ant trilogy grew on me after a re-reading. After the continent-spanning sweep of Pattern Recognition and the brand-allergic minor-superpowers of Cayce Pollard, Spook Country seemed a little hemmed-in, a smaller story. But coming back to it again, I more fully appreciated its feeling of in-betweenness: rock stars trying to start new careers, organized criminals that are barely there, addicts hoping for self-erasure, half-retired spooks and the now ubiquitous not-quite-government "contractors" who have replaced them. Gibson's great gift has always been describing the future almost here. As the future he describes gets ever closer to the present, we are forced into the deliciously uncomfortable position of realizing that we are reading a future becoming present while we read, with no time for an alternative even if we wanted one.


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