Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Gibson, William: Spook Country
Gibson has been a consistently entertaining and perceptive commentator on the rise of the present day world governed by computers and electronic devices of various sorts. In a series of short chapters, he introduces various characters whose worlds are intertwined though some of the connections are only apparent in the closing scenes. There is a rather disturbing background atmosphere about the events which is mainly a reflection of how pervasive the surveillance of everyday life by unaccountable governmental bodies seems to be. Quis custodiet ipsos custodies is certainly an underlying theme in this well-written book which kept me more than interested over the period it took me to read it.