Review: Makers

So, been a good long time since I've done a book review. Why now? Other than wanting an update a day in an attempt to both keep the ideas flowing and to branch out to avoid stailness I figure let's reach into stuff I've tried before. Plus I just finished reading yesterday (at an ungodly hour of the morning when I should've been sleeping.)  So I figure.. why not.

So let's see if we can't find a summary alright? Got anything for us Google? First link is to Amazon. second link is to Mr. Doctorow's own site 'Craphound'. Yes always good to get the author's own little snippit hm? Let's go with that.

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, a major novel of the booms, busts, and further booms in store for America
    Perry and Lester invent things—seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the “New Work,” a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups like Perry and Lester’s. Together, they transform the country, and Andrea Fleeks, a journo-turned-blogger, is there to document it.
Then it slides into collapse. The New Work bust puts the dot.combomb to shame. Perry and Lester build a network of interactive rides in abandoned Wal-Marts across the land. As their rides, which commemorate the New Work’s glory days, gain in popularity, a rogue Disney executive grows jealous, and convinces the police that Perry and Lester’s 3D printers are being used to run off AK-47s.
    Hordes of goths descend on the shantytown built by the New Workers, joining the cult. Lawsuits multiply as venture capitalists take on a new investment strategy: backing litigation against companies like Disney. Lester and Perry’s friendship falls to pieces when Lester gets the ‘fatkins’ treatment, turning him into a sybaritic gigolo.

    Then things get really interesting.

     So there's a summary. Now what did i think? Look. I have a varied bit of an oddball taist in my reading. Zelazny, Zahn, Anthony, Some Asimov now and then. I like lots of different stuff. I like this. It feels like a future history of things not yet done. I like that Mr. Doctorow had Disney as the villain, but the main Disney character we follow around, while having his Bastard moments, is someone that you could have seen going along with Perry and Lester's New Work/Ride/Shantytown business had things gone just a teensy bit different in his life.
     We see the role of Antagonist shift between Rat Tooth Freddy (moral-less blogger in the vien of Rush Limbaugh), 'Sammy' our could-have-been-a-hero Disney Exec, 'The System' as an enviromental hazard everyone on all sides has to work within and against, and finally yea. It's interesting and dynamic.
     Not only do we have a sympathetic villain figure in Sammy, but we also see Disney as more than a flat 'They Suck' singularity of evilness and symbol of everything wrong with how the current way of things is. We see exactly why we loved them s kids in addition to why we love to hate them now. Hats off to you Mr. Doctorow for showing us a story with many different facets, but never once leaving us lost or bored.

     Oh and because this is Cory Doctorow we're talking about he's kindly letting the world download his work for free. Why? I'll leave the explanations for him to give on his site. It's a must read in my eyes.
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