Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

Paperback - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:
" Pattern Recognition is William Gibson's best book since he rewrote all the rules in Neuromancer. "--Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods

"One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century."-- The Washington Post Book World

The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast bestseller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now...

Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet--a world-renowned "coolhunter" who predicts the hottest trends. While in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo, she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the internet--footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Still haunted by the memory of her missing father--a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001--Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing--and compelling--as the twenty-first century promises to be...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2004, c2003.
Edition: Berkley trade pbk edition
ISBN: 9780425192931
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 22, 2021

This is a strange, mesmerizing, dream-like story that moves slowly through a continual haze of quasi reality dreamscape...quite captivating

Dec 11, 2020

Not my favorite Gibson story but that's okay. Tension and the mystery of the footage kept me interested even though I didn't care for any of the main characters. I always enjoy his use of language and his take on humans' use of new technologies. Pts 2 and 3 of the Blue Ant series "Spook Country" and "Zero History" get better IMO.

Aug 07, 2020

Here's a concept within a concept, "cool-spotting," seeking trends and patterns in popular culture and technology, which is the job of the protagonist in this distant present-time tale, and some of the author's intent. We are all under the microscope for our digital habits, and Gibson's vision seems even more pertinent as the years pass since the writing.

Mar 20, 2020

Really interesting and engaging world of the near (now) future. Gibson is such a smart writer.

josh2112 Jan 20, 2015

This book is as beautifully written as necromancer was insightful for its time.
I have been reading Gibson since the 80's, but I don't think I would have maked this is Sci Fi except that Gibson wrote it.
Pattern Recognition is as much about today as all good sci fi is, but its about now and set in the world of today (as opposed to some far future), This book explores the world of branding, corporate culture and the search for 'authenticity'. Its great and really offers a philosophical look at the world we live in and how that world is commodified and our ideas sold back to us.

Dec 12, 2014

I enjoyed this book. Don't be afraid that the ending will disappoint, because it won't.

Dec 12, 2014

Gibson did write a few passing to good books, long ago, but after Neuromancer, his stuff has been pure crud. Just another in that category.

nonword Sep 16, 2013

Brilliant book about a woman with an unusual instinct for predicting cultural patterns and a charming distaste for the Michelin Man

Mar 12, 2012

Can't say enough good things about this book: great characters, great subplots, great writing... One of my favourite books of all time!

Feb 21, 2012

All of Gibson's books are more than a bit odd, but I had a very hard time finding the point of this one. However, the writing still makes the ride worthwhile.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at my library

To Top