My favorite book of all time is Neuromancer, the first winner of the science-fiction “triple crown” — the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. Never mind that Gibson’s particular conception of “cyberspace” didn’t materialize as he envisioned – that’s what people always want to focus on first for some reason, as if he was a prophet who incidentally published some fiction. I love it purely for the writing and story – there’s nothing like it out there, even now, sadly. But I digress.
The “Blue Ant Trilogy” consists of Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. I was initially kind of “meh” about the first two, but somewhat more engaged by the third. Thanks in large part to the character Milgrim (who I’ve increasingly come to relate to), I re-read Zero History a number of times and it gradually dawned on me that it was the best new fiction I’d read in decades. The other two followed likewise: the entire trilogy is unparalleled. I tend to lag a decade behind Gibson in taste, but I can’t feel too bad about it – he is Gibson after all.
If you ain’t read them, get on top of it! They’re in chronological order, but the second two are much more closely-linked (plus they’re my favorites): I recommend trying Spook Country, and if you like it then Zero History. By that point you’ll enjoy Pattern Recognition all the more as a sort of prequel.