To say almost anything about the new William Gibson novel would be a spoiler, since a big part of the fun of reading him is orienting yourself in the world he’s dropped you into and mapping out its extrapolations from our own. (In this book his characters have to do that too, as they move between various orbits of time, technology, and wealth.) Once a punk upstart, Gibson wears his old age better than almost anyone in literature: he’s as intensely curious and inventive as ever. If you’re a fan, you’ll likely adore The Peripheral. If you’ve never tried him, you’re missing out on one of the best writers we have.
—Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA
If your interest is piqued, browse—and buy!—a copy of Gibson’s latest, a Best of the Northwest holiday selection, from Phinney Books or your local independent bookstore.