“Distrust That Particular Flavor” is by William Gibson.

Disclaimer – William Gibson is one of my fav authors of all time, so yep, I admit I am more than a little biased when it comes to reviewing his stuff. So, I guess you should take this review with a grain or at very least remember that it was written by…dare I say? A fan.

For those who aren’t familiar with the works of William Gibson (kind of unbelievable to me, but I admit my bias) you will be surprised how much impact this guy living and writing sci-fi in Vancouver has shaped and influenced your life and experiences. If you have heard the any words beginning with “cyber” – most recently in the Canadian news “cyber-bullying” – heard a joke about wanting to download skills or information or implanting a chip in your brain to avoid reading or practicing, you have been influenced by William Gibson.

Gibson made his career writing sci-fi that primarily imagined a technology-based dark future.

This book is a collection of non-fiction essays that Gibson has written and published in various sources over the years, his first publication of this kind.

Interesting read, Gibson’s non-fictions style is strongly evocative of his fictional style, winding through unexpected twists and turns and his allows himself to get caught up the journey, often he ends a piece by explaining how he isn’t sure if he accomplished the point he was given in writing the piece.

The essays are prefaced by Gibson sharing a bit about his writing process and the difference in his fictional and non-fictional process. For me, this part was fascinating, I loved hearing and reading about the artistic and creative process and that he took some time to explain his struggles with writing non-fiction and taking direction and not writing to his content.

Gibson’s essays are on various topics – his love of Japan, collecting, watches, his personal adventure of getting a computer and learning about email, eBay and using the internet.

Excellent read that indulged my love of non-fiction essays but still felt like a short stories.

I recommend this to anyone who has read anything by Gibson or anyone who wants an insight into the non-fictional mind of the guy who imagined the internet years before technology made it so.