Post a Comment. Celebrity worship, pop culture, media influence, and the futuristic tangents advanced technology offers these take-it-or-leave-it facets of modern existence are the centerpiece. Less standard noir than Virtual Light , Idoru expands the themes into an imaginative, singular story that develops the series positively. Like Virtual Light , Idoru features a young woman and man as main characters.
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Post a Comment. Celebrity worship, pop culture, media influence, and the futuristic tangents advanced technology offers these take-it-or-leave-it facets of modern existence are the centerpiece.
Less standard noir than Virtual Light , Idoru expands the themes into an imaginative, singular story that develops the series positively. Like Virtual Light , Idoru features a young woman and man as main characters. Colin Laney was an orphan who spent time in an experimental school being administered drugs for research purposes. Emerging with the ability to see through masses of data to their underlying patterns, he took his unique talent to a paparazzi corp and was put to work digging up the secrets of celebrities.
When a scandal broke out, Laney found that Southern California was no longer friendly ground and Japan is a place to escape the legal and personal troubles his life has brought, and it is to the island nation he heads in the opening pages. With the otherworld-ness, cult fetishes, and streamlined, materialist mindset of post-modern Tokyo buoying them along, Chia and Laney find their orbits intersecting in ways that only a console savvy, pop culture saturated, all-too-plausible vision of our future can offer.
Relaxing from the razor sharp prose of Virtual Light , Idoru is a looser, more flexible read. It remains vintage Gibson, but with the edge slightly dulled in favor of smoothness and flow. Noir shadows remain, but given the neon-exotic setting and the anything-but-standard storyline, the choice is apt, making Idoru similar in depth but different in presentation to Virtual Light —both quality in their own rights.
And to what depth is the overall content of the series taken in Idoru? Working off the bold conclusion of Virtual Light , Gibson moves celebrity-ism, the mass-market influence of pop culture, and the corrupt power of money and media deeper into the spotlight. The premise being a pop star who wants to marry another star—a virtual one, Gibson challenges the reader from the get-go. Gibson forever the painter of futuristic possibilities with morals displayed so openly only the discerning are aware, the implications are enough to move the strongest liberal.
American and Japanese cultures forming ever-stronger links technology and pop culture among them , the Pacific manifests itself as the facet du jour in Idoru. Suffice to say, while Virtual Light set the groundwork for one stanchion, Idoru sets the other, the East and West interwoven in ways no single human can modulate or prevent. A storyline both engaging and profound, the author continues in all-too-believable fashion to extrapolate upon our world in a near future that is as breath-taking as it is worrisome.
Technology an entity beyond the control of humanity, the media influences, celebrity worship, and pop culture examined in the novel is fascinating, and take the series to the next level. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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William Gibson's 'Idoru': Tokyo sci-fi becomes full-blown reality
Cyberspace and virtual-reality guru Gibson's new venture is set in the same near-future as Virtual Light and has at least one of the characters in common. On the plane she meets weird Maryalice, who dupes Chia into smuggling a dangerous package through customs—though when Maryalice starts fighting with her boyfriend Eddie, Chia flees with the package. Laney, unable to work with insufficient and impersonal data, insists on meeting Rez, whereupon he's captivated by Rei Toei. Eddie's Russian gangster friends demand their package, and assuming that Chia, Rez, and Laney are connected, hunt Chia. With violence occurring and worse to follow, only some nifty computer work by Laney and by Chia and her friends averts disaster; helpfully, Rex proposes to exchange the package for some real estate.
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Idoru is the second book in William Gibson 's Bridge trilogy. Idoru is a science-fiction novel set in a postmodern , dystopian, cyberpunk future. The main character, Colin Laney, has a talent for identifying nodal points , analogous to Gibson's own:. There are bits of the literal future right here, right now, if you know how to look for them. Rez has claimed to want to marry a synthetic personality named Rei Toei , the Idoru Japanese Idol of the title, which is apparently impossible and therefore questioned by his loyal staff, particularly by his head of security, Keith Blackwell.