It's been years since I read this the first time, and it's certainly not what I'd call one of Gibson's best efforts. But I had to read it again, mainly because [b:Idoru|22325|Idoru (Bridge, #2)|William Gibson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309201219s/22325.jpg|879765] has been sitting around here calling my name, and I really want to read that one again. And then the next - [b:All Tomorrow's Parties|22321|All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge, #3)|William Gibson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309201115s/22321.jpg|513838].
The downside of Virtual Light is that it's a story about a pair of sunglasses. Sure, they have some added capabilities which I will avoid spoiling for you here, but really... they're just some really cool glasses.
The upside of Virtual Light, is of course The Bridge - the Golden Gate Bridge, which in Gibson's grungy future (2005!) has become a post-apocalyptic, Bangledeshi shantytown - a ragtag collaborative of vendors and denizens interesting enough to attract a Japanese graduate student to study its anthropology.
And of course Gibson's writing, which I never tire of.