Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that... show more
Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off. Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain; his mother is a washing machine; and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls. Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep--well on their way to starvation, because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned...bent on revenge.Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone--and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.
Publish date: May 30th 2006
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 315
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Sci Fi Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
I loved this book for 2 reasons.1) It was a ridiculous and fun story. Easy to read, and never a dull moment. The character of Alan/Arthur/Antoine/etc is quirky (as expected being the son of a Mountain and a Washing Machine) and the development of his family dynamic through the story is really comp...
There were some amazing beginnings in this book. Or some potentially amazing ideas. That is, they could have been amazing ideas, had Doctorow seen any of them through to completion. While that is almost the hallmark of Doctorow's novels, I found that the first three in particular were so scattered a...
This was a fine idea, sort of, that doesn't work. There are two intertwined stories. The more coherent and less interesting story is about providing free WiFi to a neighborhood. This part has the feel of leftovers from a related and more interesting idea in Eastern Standard Tribe. The second story, ...
I listened to this one via Doctorow's podcast which included personal updates and the occasional cuckoo clock interruption. I loved the surreal whimsicality of the past life of Allen (Adam, Anton, etc...) but then it became creepy and grotesque. I'm not a fan of the evil character who is just evil...
Doctorow's a really interesting person – editor of the "blog" BoingBoing.net (which always has links to really cool stuff on a regular basis), college dropout and professor at the University of California, Locus & Campbell Award winner & Nebula nominee, pro-Creative Commons activist, and all-around ...