For those who unlike me aren’t fans: Gibson’s novels come in series. The current instance includes 2003’s Pattern Recognition and 2007’s Spook Country. The latter also was previewed, but not in such a way that I (at least) spotted its links with its series predecessor. This time it’s obvious; as I write, the most recent offering CRICKET features three familiar names, including Spook Country’s leading lady Hollis Henry, and “Hubertus Bigend”, who is the most obvious thread connecting the current series’ novels. Bigend, I might say, is one of my least favorite Gibson characters; although presented as a real live twenty-first century business executive, he seems rather completely implausible, harder to believe in, for example, than one or two grittily-realistic cyborg-flavored artificial-intelligence-driven spacefaring ninjas previously featured in the Gibson oeuvre. Maybe I know too many executives and not enough ninjas.
I think Mr. G needs to reach back for a little more this time out. I mean, I’ll buy it anyhow because reading his writing makes me happy. But I’d like to be surprised at least once more in our bright fast-aging century.
Question · Are there any other authors, partaking of some combination of popular and good, who are doing the blog-preview thing?