It is amazing for how short of a book this is that it takes so damn long to read. Every word has a purpose and there are almost no filler words. I can only imagine that editing this book must have been a painstaking process, but it is worth it. Count Zero is an unconventional and interesting book.
Reading William Gibson reminds me of the inspirations that led me to write my first published book. Though, I am no master of the craft as Gibson is, the short, abrupt approach to descriptions and moving through events is something that I did strive to emulate.
Can I also just say how much I enjoy the old cover of this book (shown above). I know this has nothing to do with the enjoyment of reading a book, but the pixelated face really just drives home the time that this book came out and a little bit of the gritty feeling of the book.
I can’t seem to get away from books with nuclear explosions in them lately. I’m not explaining any more than that.
The story follows three different characters in an amateur hacker, a highly skilled mercenary, and an art collector. If I read a description of this book, I might never have read it, but I am sure glad that I did.
The plot leads to an ending that I never would have expected and it had a very god in the machine feel to it. In a world where Hollywood just makes remakes, sequels, and predictable movies, the end of this book was a very welcome relief from most of the media I have soaked in in the last couple of years.