31. Secret Machineries - page 153

31. Secret Machineries - page 153

hat tip to contributor Don M from Canada:

31. Secret Machineries, page 154

"Outside, the air had been scrubbed by rain, pavements glittering, Ten to eight, by her iPhone. She could, as either George or Meredith had said, see Les Editeurs across the way, not this street but the next one over, angled. She walked right, past the fancy little drugstore, then right again, not wanting to be early. This much narrower street, angling sharply back, behind the hotel, was home to an English-language secondhand bookshop, a cocktail bar, a serious-looking sushi restaurant, a bookbinder, and a place that seemed to specialize in Chinese reflexology equipment: sadistic-looking massage devices, instruction manuals, models of bodies and body parts marked with meridians and pressure points. Here, for instance, was a very large china ear, apparently identical to the one in Heidi's room at Cabinet. She'd known she'd seen one before."

This paragraph can be decoded, as if, Gibson staying at Odéon Hôtel, went for a walk around the block and then found a restaurant. Using Google Streetview (see below), you can closely follow his path along rue de l'Odeon, turning onto rue Monsieur le Prince, backtracking to the restaurant les éditeurs at Carrefour de l'Odéon. Careful reconnaissance, discovers all of the various settings he describes. A quick Internet search, confirms actual Paris businesses. Gibson is known for his dense prose that gives the feeling of real locales ... now, we know why ... they 'are' actual communities, districts and neighborhoods.

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Zero History blog

Zero History blog - ZeroHistory.net - discussion and analysis of William Gibson's Zero History novel, to be published on 7th September 2010 in the USA and on 30th August 2010 in the UK.

Spook Country blog

Spook Country blog - SpookCountry.co.uk - includes discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism of William Gibson's previous novel Spook Country

"Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation

Our "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence

The Node Magazine node.tumblr.com, which this was a collaborative online contribution to, was online even before the official publication date of the first hardback edition of the book in August 2007.

This has been commented on by the author William Gibson, and described by Emeritus Professor of English Literature John Sutherland as "the future of literary crticism"

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide

Originally prompted by the preparations for William Gibson book signing and lecture event promoting Spook Country in London, during August 2007, this "local knowledge" guide to places of interest to cyberpunk fans was compiled, and has been subsequently expanded.

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide - http://CyberPunk.org.uk

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