I loved the Sprawl trilogy (Neuromancer is one of my Top 5 Books of All Time), but this one was just meh. The characters and world Gibson created were fleshed-out and captivating, but the plot meandered everywhere and the pacing was much slower than his other works. I had to fight to stay interested. Maybe it was because my mind was wandering the whole time, but I didn't really get the point of the whole storyline, and I have no idea how the whole AIDS thing fit in. I'm sure I'll read the rest of Gibson's books soon (finishing out the Bridge trilogy and reading his other modern-day trilogy, the name of which is escaping me right now) because he has such a fantastic imagination and he knows how to write, but this one just bored me.