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Eastern Standard Tribe - Cory Doctorow
Eastern Standard Tribe
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A comedy of loyalty, betrayal, sex, madness, and music-swappingArt is an up-and-coming interface designer, working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. He's doing the best work of his career and can guarantee that the system will be, without a question, the most... show more
A comedy of loyalty, betrayal, sex, madness, and music-swappingArt is an up-and-coming interface designer, working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. He's doing the best work of his career and can guarantee that the system will be, without a question, the most counterintuitive, user-hostile piece of software ever pushed forth onto the world.Why? Because Art is an industrial saboteur. He may live in London and work for an EU telecommunications megacorp, but Art's real home is the Eastern Standard Tribe.Instant wireless communication puts everyone in touch with everyone else, twenty-four hours a day. But one thing hasn't changed: the need for sleep. The world is slowly splintering into Tribes held together by a common time zone, less than family and more than nations. Art is working to humiliate the Greenwich Mean Tribe to the benefit of his own people. But in a world without boundaries, nothing can be taken for granted-not happiness, not money, and most certainly not love.Which might explain why Art finds himself stranded on the roof of an insane asylum outside Boston, debating whether to push a pencil into his brain....
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780765310453 (0765310457)
ASIN: 765310457
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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TCWriter
TCWriter rated it
2.0 Eastern Standard Tribe
Interesting character, though overall it's not the most engrossing read - probably because it times it feels as if Doctorow's trying a little too hard to make a point. Almost preachy. That said, near-future sci-fi novels are hard to do, and this one held my attention throughout the book.
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
4.0 Eastern Standard Tribe
My first experience with cyberpunk is probably the 80’s TV show Max Headroom, and a few years later, the Japanese movie Akira. I know I’m supposed to mention Neuromancer here, but I never read it, so sue me. When I first discovered these stories, I was fascinated by the prospect of a semichaotic hig...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it
This is another great read, but I've found that Doctorow's first two books (This and [b:Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|29587|Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316635583s/29587.jpg|1413]) are a bit different to his later novels. They're both set further ...
I'm Reading...
I'm Reading... rated it
4.0 Eastern Standard Tribe
First sentence: "I once had a Tai Chi instructor who explained the difference between Chinese and Western medicne thus: 'Western medicine is based on corpses, things that you discover by cutting up dead bodies and pulling them apart."P. 99: "Fede stood and treated Linda to his big, suave grin."Last ...
Osho
Osho rated it
Another lightweight but enjoyable early novel from Doctorow. The main conceit, that there is tribal affiliation among people in the same time zone (and hence, same circadian rhythm), is interesting but not given the role or exploration it deserves. The plot, which some reviewers have called "complex...
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