Spook Country

I wanted to follow up on my last journal entry by posting a few of my daily sketches from about this time last year. Since I don’t consider them finished work, they’re going into the “scraps” section here, but any comments and responses to them are appreciated. I’ll be posting a few of these every day until Saturday — be sure to follow along!

These pieces were intended to evoke that feeling of loneliness, desolation, and mystery which seems to cling to shipwrecks and other old ruins. The series is tentatively titled “A Wreck at the Gate of the Wind”.


2 Comments so far. Comments are closed.
  1. Just curious, is the title a reference to the eponymous W. Gibson novel?

    I just finished reading it, and while the ultimate aim of the story was kinda confusing and a bit of a letdown, (seeming as always of late in his novels), you just cannot beat Gibson for metaphorical textures that really bring his inner world to life.

    Even though I may think some of his plots suck, I’ll still never pass up reading one of his novels. And to qualify that statement, my thought process at the end, after all the buildup, is “wait, what? That’s it?”

    But who knows, maybe in the third book in the series, we’ll find Cayce and Hollis working together for Bigend for his real ultimate aims, and we’ll find that the first two (Pattern Recognition and Spook Country) were just cases of tail-wags-dog. Though really, the last two books had pretty much the identical plot to Count Zero, where the french woman is working on finding the source of some weird art project for some crazy, unimaginably rich guy (though in Count Zero, the guy was a brain in a vat by the time he got around to contacting Marly, which made it just so much cooler (especially when you were 16).


  2. ratchetcat,

    You caught me. I’m a huge fan of Gibson’s work — most particularly the alchemical manner in which he combines a string of words into something incredibly poetic. “Spook Country”, “Whiskey Clone”, etc. Good stuff.

    I wanted more out of Spook Country, too. I was really expecting a more explosive ending… but subtlety is probably appropriate for a book bearing that title. 🙂