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Makers
Cory Doctorow
Adult Fiction DOCTORO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this tour de force, Doctorow (Little Brother) uses the contradictions of two overused SF themes-the decline and fall of America and the boundless optimism of open source/hacker culture-to draw one of the most brilliant reimaginings of the near future since cyberpunk wore out its mirror shades. Perry Gibbons and Lester Banks, typical brilliant geeks in a garage, are trash-hackers who find inspiration in the growing pile of technical junk. Attracting the attention of suits and smart reporter Suzanne Church, the duo soon get involved with cheap and easy 3D printing, a cure for obesity and crowd-sourced theme parks. The result is bitingly realistic and miraculously avoids cliche or predictability. While dates and details occasionally contradict one another, Doctorow's combination of business strategy, brilliant product ideas and laugh-out-loud moments of insight will keep readers powering through this quick-moving tale. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Doctorow (craphound.com) presents a dizzyingly fast-paced work of adult sf that looks at a near-future America where homelessness is commonplace and outmoded corporations implode, skillfully weaving plot with "hard" geek detail. The sprawling story manages much social commentary (e.g., on obesity, politics, loneliness) and shows that such business concerns as sabotage, intellectual property rights, and lawsuits are perpetual. Narrator Bernadette Dunne (see Behind the Mike, LJ 5/15/09) does a remarkable job with the lengthy technical explanations as well as in demarcating the voices of shifting first-person narrators. Highly recommended. [See Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 10/15/09; the Tor hc also received a starred review, LJ 10/15/09.-Ed.]-Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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