Several characters from Gibson's earlier novels, _Virtual Light_ and _Idoru_, turn up again in this millennial tale. Colin Laney, who, due to drugs given him as a child, can sense shifts in the "nodes" of world information patterns, is living in a cardboard box in Tokyo but senses San Francisco will be the site of the next big shift. He sends cop wanne-be Berry Rydell to investigate, right about the time Rydell's ex-girlfriend Chevette Washington is running from LA to SF to escape her latest abusive boyfriend, with her documentary filmmaker friend Tessa. Rei Toei, the first non-human, all-cyber megastar and the stuff of men's greatest fantasies, figures into the plot along with a nearly mute Hispanic boy with a fascination for watches, a professional killer working for PR magnate Harwood Levine, and Fontaine, the black owner of a watch and curio shop on the Bay Bridge, which has been abandoned for transport after the last quake and is now inhabited mostly by the homeless. Gibson's novel has neat ideas and toys of the future, and some decent action, but the characterizations are thin.
This report prepared by David Loftus
Colin Laney has realized that the disruptions everyone expected to happen at the beginning of the year 2000 are still to come. His sense tells him that the big event will happen in San Francisco.
This report prepared by Manuel Derra