Gibson’s noir punk

William Gibson creates worlds that are set just a few steps into the future, and yet he presents fully imagined places that are somehow, breathtakingly different. Many of his novels are noir punk, sci-fi which tackles our fears of technology. In his novel The Peripheral (filed in Adult Fiction), a young woman named Flynne makes a living on odd jobs and video game testing.

She watches a murder while plugged in. It is, she thinks, a strange sort of murder. But whatever.

Except it turns out this video game is real, and the killers are going to find her and ensure her silence.

The Peripheral is a gripping thriller set in the near future. But the “video game” murder has occurred even further into the future. Gibson’s story jumps from one future to another, leaving readers with a deliciously complex tale that slowly comes together.

Can the good guys from each era manage to communicate? They do it with peripherals – plastic puppets that look human, and that allow your brain to pop in and out for a visit.

That still doesn’t guarantee that the murderers will be caught, or that Flynne will survive.

Gibson is one of Canada’s most famous authors, a futurist who came up with the word “cyberspace” and still writes fun, thought-provoking novels. This one is a great read for sci-fi fans.

The Lennoxville Library has lots of sci-fi, but our shelves are also filled with literary award winners, romances, children’s books, and more. Pop by and visit us!

— Eleanor Brown, November 2015

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The Lennoxville Library, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, offers free memberships to all residents of Sherbrooke. We have a great selection of books in French and English, plus books on tape and CD, too! Check out our large-print section, our graphic novels... La Biblio Lennoxville se situe dans les Cantons-de-l'Est du Quebec. Les residents de Sherbrooke peuvent devenir membre gratuitement. Nous avons une grande selection de livres en francais et en anglais. Venez donc nous voir! Hours/Heures d'ouverture: Mardi-Tuesday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Mercredi et Jeudi -Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm -- 10h a 18h Vendredi-Friday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Samedi-Saturday, 11am to 4pm -- 11h a 16h Pour plus d'info, vous pouvez nous trouver au http://www.bibliolennoxvillelibrary.ca/ Click on the above to get to our website!
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