The TV Guide review was more glowing. But maybe they all are.First review is in and it’s not that great. As a Gibson fan from the beginning I’ll still give it a look.
Amazon’s The Peripheral turns a piercing William Gibson novel into generic sci-fi
It is certainly a point in your favour since you won’t know what Gibson intended.I just watched episode 1 and I liked it a lot. Never read the book, so that's probably a plus in this case.
To be fair, one of the things I adore about the novel is the mystery of what the hell is happening for the first 100 pages. I have the patience and memory to just passively let events happen that I don't understand. Other readers with similar tastes had a really hard time with it.I've watched the first two episodes and for the literary Gibson fan it's a dud. However, if you let go of any expectations of an accurate adaptation it's okay. It's spoon fed to you so you don't need to think too hard to watch it, which is probably a point in its favour.
If you aren't a big fan of Gibson's written works then I would say dive into the show and don't worry about it. You won't have to contend with Gibson-style storytelling.So I have the delicious dilemma of not having read it, nor seen it. What do I do first…
It is not time-travel in the physical sense a la Doctor Who. It's time travel in the style of Gregory Benford's Timescape but still a little different than that. If you watch the show they will explain it in detail.I have to ask, is this a Time-Travel story or is it just a first twist to blow minds? It's also interesting that Nolan and Joy are associated to the story, but neither one of them penned the first two scripts.
Exactly. If you're expecting that same sense of mystery then don't. It's laid out in a very linear fashion so there is no guesswork involved. I will be posting a review on my blog soon.To be fair, one of the things I adore about the novel is the mystery of what the hell is happening for the first 100 pages. I have the patience and memory to just passively let events happen that I don't understand. Other readers with similar tastes had a really hard time with it.
Great review! Though I think Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History are SF.
They skirt the edge of sf for me but don’t quite immerse themselves in it.Great review! Though I think Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History are SF.
Have watched the first episode. I picked up a stack of Gibson books yesterday, but in reality they would just sit on top of my other stack of books until my daughter leaves home
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