William Gibson
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Style over substance



Density and unclear writing aren't marks of valor per se. It might seem highbrow or sophisticated to read a dense book, and that's undoubtedly part of the novel's appeal - it adds to the reader's own sense of prestige -, but one could easily argue that because of the style the characters are not clearly drawn and lifeless. The writing adds to the sense of chaos, but at the same time hides possible plotholes and almost violently forces the reader to suspend disbelief. I wonder wether the story itself would suffice to create the same effect.


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