drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

I just finished Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. I understand, sort of, why it's an important work, that it's sf without any overt sf elements, but because of the way the story is told. I'm sure I'm missing a lot of nuances about what's going on. The line at the end about the protagonist weeping for her century, not knowing if it's the one past or the one to come, resonated.

All that said, I don't really like the book. I think this has to do with the protagonist vibing to me as a victim, despite her not being a wet noodle in scenes where most of us would be. Or, as jlighton put it about the final Harry Potter book, the protagonist fails to protagonize. Rightly or wrongly, I'm fed up with a certain kind of protagonist batted around by vast forces and not having the spine to walk away from it all.

This didn't seem to bug me in American Gods, and something similar to it did bug me in Anansi Boys, which is interesting.

Next: to figure out which book in the stack to grab now.
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