I'm reading Gibson... again. This time his last three books - in reverse order for no real reason. I just happen to pick up a copy of All Tommorrow's about a month ago and then read a couple of reviews mentioning the connection to Idoru and Virtual Light. So now... I'm reading Idoru. I'm about 1/2 done. Gibson is a real easy read.
I'm not sure what lyrical style The Poet is looking for, but I believe the story to be pretty solid so far. Perhaps, all the hub-bub over the being the "father" (man, I would hate that label if it hung on me) of cyber-punk is just too much for some people to stomach.
Personally, I can't speak for the reference to Stephenson (i'll add him to THE list though), but I do lean toward agreeing with this review on WIRED - Gibson's 'blander tomorrow' is really today reflecting back...
Check out the words of Gibson himself (if you're interested), in this Salon article. It offers some insight into Idoru as well.
I wonder... am I enjoying these stories because I'm reading them in reverse order written? Maybe that's the key... or maybe, I just simply like Gibson's 'bland' style.
Next up... Virtual Light. After that my wife's got a vote in for Timeline by Chrichton. She's neck deep in quantum theory as spun by one of mainstream fiction's masters. I love it.