The Los Angeles Times (Sunday edition), another major mainstream publication, which will reach a large (United States) readership, has a review of Spook Country, which is again a positive one.
When will the critical mass of US mainstream media reviews be reached, which may wake up the United Kingdom media, who seem to be ignoring the book, despite its slightly earlier publication here ? Until Spook Country is "mentioned in the media", it will not be made available widely in bookshops outside the major cities, especially the large retail chains like W.H.Smiths or Waterstones.
The reviewer Ed Park (formerly a literary editor at New York's "Village Voice" until it got taken over by The New York Times last year) seeks to draw comparisons with a couple of American novels, with which I am not familiar (are you ?) namely: Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, and Willam Gaddis's The Recognitions
Luckily, these days a few seconds, via a world wide web search engine, is sufficient to find decent articles about these two books, something which was impossible when they were written.
Ed Park also alludes to to William Gibson's previous novel Pattern Recognition, concentrating on apophenia and, presumably, the William Gibson discussion board thread on the name "Hubertus Bigend".
'Spook Country,' a novel by William Gibson
Technology and consumerism mingle and turn monstrous as a young journalist pursues an elusive lead for a story.
By Ed Park
August 5, 2007
N.B. may contain plot and character teaser / "spoiler" information, depending on how many reviews (or how much of the novel) you have read so far: