The best thing about William Gibson’s Spook Country is that I got it cheap. The second best thing is the typography. I gave up reading this about one quarter in; none of the characters or plot had grabbed me. Worse, the technological thriller aspects (use of iPods and Augmented Reality) feel out of date. Perhaps the AR would have more ‘wow!’ if the university AR lab hadn’t made such a strong negative impact on me. The nuts and bolts of Gibson’s writing are very strong on style and tone but that cant save an otherwise dull story.