Hahmontunnistus Cayce Pollard is an expensive spookily intuitive market research consultant In London on a job she is offered a secret assignment to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appe

  • Title: Hahmontunnistus
  • Author: William Gibson
  • ISBN: 9510307009
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market research consultant In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine forCayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market research consultant In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce s client But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there s to this project than she had expected.Still, Cayce is her father s daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn Win Pollard, ex security expert, probably ex CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father s life and death.
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    • Lyn says:

      Stylish.That’s what I am as I read Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. It is a very stylish novel. Cool jazz plays in the cool and stylish café as I sit outside drinking a latte. From my perfectly coiffed hair to the form fitting jacket and slim pants to the stylish Italian shoes on my stylish feet, I am cool. A Daniel Craig pout forms on my lips as I nod to the Most Interesting Man in the World sitting across from me. He is sipping a Dos Equis and chatting with two models sitting on eithe [...]

    • Kevin Kelsey says:

      Interesting enough, but nothing special. It is a nice sort of time capsule of the early 2000s, technologically speaking.

    • Bryce Wilson says:

      It'll happen one day, you'll see. William Gibson WILL right an ending that resembles something other then a last ditch attempt from a man desperate not to default on his contract. It will not stink of a man who has just watched the sunrise with a headful of Jack Daniels. No it will be thematically fufilling, and tie up and enrich the man threads that have wound through the novel like a tapestry. Giving these rich themes, imagery, and characters the proper glory rather then merely tarnishing ever [...]

    • Brad says:

      I am an excellent reader, as I know many of my friends on are, but I don’t think there’s enough appreciation of reading as a skill in our world. We take it for granted, those of us who are “literate,” and because it is the base of the things that we learn, we tend to ignore those who excel. Of course, many of those who read well are told they “analyze things too much” or that they “dig too deep” by those who might be solid readers, but probably don’t have serious reading chops [...]

    • Nancy says:

      I loved Pattern Recognition nearly as much as Neuromancer and felt the two novels had a lot of similarities. Even though it is classified as general fiction, the novel has a strong SF feel to it. The highly technological societies (New York and the "mirror world" of London) where things are similar but a little different and the efficient, individualistic, widely traveled and rootless characters make Pattern Recognition feel dark and surreal and more like SF.Boone Chu was an interesting characte [...]

    • John Huizar says:

      I love the way that William Gibson writes women. Gibson usually has both male and female protagonists in his books, who may or may not even see one another during the course of the story (the almost-but-never-quite is something he comes back to again and again). Regardless, his female characters are always as strong and capable as the men (and often more so). Cayce Pollard is a wonderful character, and I think that Gibson deftly avoided all the usual pitfalls of men writing female characters. Fo [...]

    • Barbara says:

      New York resident Cayce Pollard is a marketing consultant who instinctively knows what the public will find 'cool'. Cayce is also a follower of a website called 'Fetish Footage Forum' (FFF) where mysterious film clips - periodically published online - are discussed and analyzed by large numbers of people around the world. As the story opens in August, 2002 Cayce is in London, having been hired by the 'Blue Ant' company to evaluate a proposed new shoe logo.At a meeting with Hubertus Bigend - Blue [...]

    • Jamie Collins says:

      This was my first William Gibson book, and I thought it was beautifully written, quite a literary novel. I liked the characters, and I liked the idea of Cayce being sensitive to trends and brands, and having a logo "allergy". I'm now contemplating scratching the logos off of everything I own.Plot-wise, this isn't the most exciting book I've ever read. I was never bored, but the pacing was sedate, to say the least. The tone of the book was cool and deliberate - even the single fight scene followe [...]

    • notgettingenough says:

      As is , I am taking my reviews off . Nonetheless, I hope by providing links along with this ongoing message about why should not be part of our lives, this message is kept alive. I include some text from the beginning of each review because has been removing my reviews from places they can be seen and apparently this may make it less likely for them to do this. Read my lips, go on. Whilst a semblance of free speech exists on . FUCK . It is so obvious why it is bad. And yet it is hard to wake [...]

    • David says:

      I was hoping to be blown away by the legendary William Gibson (none of whose legendary books I have read), but I found that Pattern Recognition reminded me a lot of Reamde by Neal Stephenson: it's a pacey, interesting techno-thriller that just never quite reached the peak of Awesome. I found Gibson's writing to be stronger than Stephenson's, but his characterization weaker.The main character is Cayce (pronounced "Case") Pollard, who has one of those odd freelance consultant jobs that can only ex [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      2.5 starsThis wasn’t what I was expecting. My fault entirely, as I misread the blurb. But the story was hard to follow at times with the author making points that went way over my head at times.It is written in a semi-stream of consciousness style, which didn’t help me to follow what was happening. Stream-of-consciousness writing would have to be one of the things that most turns me off a book. That, and lack of punctuation for dialogue. Happily this one does have adequate punctuation.This w [...]

    • Adam says:

      “The medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan“We have no future because our present is too volatile We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – Herbertus Bigend, Pattern Recognition---Pattern Recognition is the story of an eccentric trend spotter, Cayce Pollard, and her mission to find the latest viral videos clips attracting a cult-like appeal. William Gibson masterfully blends concise and powerful storytelling with present- [...]

    • Christopher says:

      I find reading reviews for books I've read depressing. It is so difficult to figure out where people were coming from that led them to such seemingly wrong* reviews. Understanding the reviewer is the most important aspect to understanding any review. They complain about something central to the genre and you're left wondering if they just aren't familiar with the genre, and would dislike all of it if they were, or if this is a bad example of said genre. Who knows? Some reviewers are kind in this [...]

    • CëRïSë says:

      I don't know how this book got to be a best-seller. Yet as I was traveling last month, I noticed that, for the first time, I was toting, along with my rolling suitcase, a paperback that was all over the airport booksellers' racks.I thought it was abysmal. A good friend had mentioned it to me, and I thought that he had recommended it, so when I saw a used copy at one of my favorite local bookstores, I grabbed it. I realized later, when I checked my notes, that he had actually recommended Count Ze [...]

    • Erik says:

      It's entirely possible this is a great book.I wouldn't know, however, because I made it one chapter into Pattern Recognition before I gave up (for the 2nd time) because it was literally the worst first chapter I've ever read in a published book. At least that I can remember reading. It's possible that some space aliens have been abducting me and forcing me to read alien-written books - which I assume have really bad first chapters - and then erasing my memory, all part of a ploy to guide humanit [...]

    • Jim says:

      I'd been meaning to read something by Gibson for a long time. I thought it would be Neuromancer. But this book fell into my hands first. Despite its 2003 copyright, which makes it very old by computer-world standards, the high-tech world that Gibson whips up here feels fresh. It takes place today--not in the distant future. Email, the web, viral marketing, high fashion, international espionage, contemporary underground art all collide here. I could not put it down. Takes place mostly in London, [...]

    • Amy says:

      riveting. plus I felt hip reading it.

    • Ben Babcock says:

      After reading Neuromancer I took a short detour into some of Gibson’s other works of fiction, and then I read Virtual Light. With Pattern Recognition I seem to have established a trend of reading his three trilogies in a breadth-first rather than depth-first mode: having completed all of the first books, I will now read all three second books, etc. This might be an unusual way to go about it, but I hope it offers some insights and connections that might not make themselves apparent were I to r [...]

    • Andrea says:

      Set about a year after 9/11, this book is closer to thriller than SF - indeed, I'm not sure I would count it as SF at all. Cayce is a kind of marketing design savant, able to spot by instinct when a brand or logo would be successful. Logos provoke a kind of allergic reaction in her. She's also one of a growing group obsessed with "the footage" - compelling fragments of film released anonymously onto the internet. Cayce frequents a forum that analyses every frame of the footage, debating clothing [...]

    • Brooke says:

      Definitely the most accessible Gibson novel written up to this point in his bibliography - it lacks the complex density of Neuromancer and is pretty rooted in the here-and-now. Also unlike his previous novels, Pattern Recognition only follows one protagonist, Cayce Pollard, instead of jumping between several entwining storylines.Gibson's portrayal of internet groups and internet friendships feels very authentic, especially when compared with fellow sci-fi author Cory Doctorow's. The mysterious f [...]

    • Megan Baxter says:

      This was a really fun book to read that I enjoyed all the way through. Unfortunately, the end did not live up the rest, leaving me sitting there wondering just a little bit what the point had been. It wasn't bad enough to spoil the enjoyment I got out of reading this book, but it was certainly a little jarring.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review [...]

    • Althea Ann says:

      Much has been made of Gibson's latest not being science-fiction – and it's not – but it's still Gibson, much like Cryptonomicon was still Neal Stephenson. Incidentally, I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Cryptonomicon, as well as to anyone who has enjoyed any of Gibson's other books.The ‘cyberpunk' attitude is still there, as the plot interweaves the world of high tech with subculture, organized crime, and the lives of individuals just instead of in the near future, it's happening n [...]

    • Burt says:

      This is a little different for Gibson. It's not really a future setting, but it drips with the usual Gibson sentence fragments and whimsy. Overall, the story is there and it has a beginning a middle and an end, but to be honest, the book lacks in a particular quality - there's nothing really at stake.The story is fairly linear, and focuses on the main character, Casey Pollard. She's what is called a 'cool hunter'. She divines trends and evaluates logo work. She has a literal allergy to fashion a [...]

    • Stephanie Sun says:

      It's a funny CayceP-ish quirk of fate that this was published in 2003 (and not under the radar—it was a NYT bestseller) when I was 23, but I found it a few weeks ago, when I was the exact same age as the protagonist, 32-year-old Cayce Pollard. As Win Pollard says (and Cayce reminds us several times) you must always leave room for coincidence. Or, as pattern recognizer extraordinaire Nate Silver says, beware of overfitting.Ben in his review succinctly described Pattern Recognition as "The only [...]

    • Mike Rossmassler says:

      Brilliantly written, but like the rest of Gibson's novels, the ending leaves something to be desired. Not exactly unfulfilling, more like seeing all of the pieces come together into a picture that is just a little underwhelming. Just like the rest of Gibson's other works (Neuromancer and Spook Country being the only two i have read, in all honesty), the story is initially compelling and the mysteries and conspiracies are thought provoking. But the resolution just doesn't have that same "snap" or [...]

    • Alexis says:

      The novel is set in a number of present day cities, in a way that seems futuristic/sci-fi. I read this book in a class called "The Novel and Globalization"--and I believe having that context was helpful-at first. As the book progressed the suspence was built on the mystery of where the many relavent themes and styles converge in the plot. My favorite part of reading the book was digesting the refernces to art, architecture, and literature, throughout that acutally added meaning to the text rathe [...]

    • Mei-Lu says:

      I've read this book a couple of times and I absolutely love it. Maybe it's because I worked in advertising (and have my own horror of logos) but I really identified with the main character (even though obviously I am no where near as cool as she is). Usually with William Gibson novels, I feel like my brain is being overloaded with information at all times and I'm only absorbing a fraction of the data contained in the novels. But Pattern Recognition manages to have all of the thematic complexity [...]

    • Michael says:

      A really big letdown after the masterful depiction of cyberpunk in Neuromancer. Perhaps the problem is that the entire story takes place in a modern-day setting instead of in an interesting future. Or perhaps the problem is lack of relatable characters or a plot that maintains the reader's interest for the duration of the story. In any case, steer clear of this one.

    • February Four says:

      On page 130, Gibson has a hotel clerk "imprinting the Blue Ant card" at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. I don't know about you guys, but the last time I saw someone imprint a credit card I was just old enough to barely understand that the plastic card was some sort of replacement for cash. This book is supposed to be current (turn of the century). It was published in 2003, so I presume 2000 is as good as any for last-edits. Can anyone remember if anyone still imprinted credit cards in 2000, much less a fi [...]

    • Elizabeth Barone says:

      I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this book. It took a really long time for it to build up to anything, and I had a hard time buying Cayce's "allergy."This was a slow read for me. It was full of pages and pages of Cayce doing things, like working, and meeting people, but nothing really happened. The book picked up speed and became incredibly interesting in the last fifty pages, when Dorotea drugs her, but then rapidly flatlines again.I did enjoy the characters, to an extent (and I'll g [...]

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