- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (Feb. 3 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483079864
- ISBN-13: 978-1483079868
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
Eastern Standard Tribe Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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'Doctorow lives up to the promise of his first novel...This short novel's occasionally bitter, sometimes hilarious, and always wackily appealing protagonist consistently skewers those evils of modern culture he holds most pernicious.'' --Publishers Weekly
''As in Down and Out, Doctorow shows here that he's got the modern world, in all its Googled, Friendstered, and PDA-d glory, completely sussed.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''Bravura...Cory Doctorow writes fast and furiously, the words gushing out of him in a stream of metaphor and imagery that keeps you glued to his futurist tales.'' --Now (Toronto)
''Doctorow's easy-going storytelling belies the rapid-fire pacing of his tale of one man caught in a nightmare of time zones and technology. Combining near-future suspense with magical realism, the author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom crafts a surrealistic parable of progress gone wrong that belongs in most sf collections.'' --Library Journal
''Carried along by the rocketing narrative, the reader may not immediately realize this isn't just a wacky futuristic adventure; it's a fable with a distinctive moral about choosing physical comfort over spiritual fulfillment and worldly success over true happiness and the frightening consequences that can result.'' --RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
About the Author
Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-born blogger, journalist, and author of nonfiction and award-winning science fiction. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web's twenty-five ''influencers'' by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His novels have earned him numerous awards, including several Prometheus Awards, the 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Sunburst Award, White Pine Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has served as Canadian regional director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He currently lives in London.
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Tor, Mar 2004, $23.95, 224 pp.
While working for an international monolith that either files employees away or deletes them, interface designer Art Berry is developing a data flow management program. His objective is to create the most user-unfriendly software ever promulgated on an ill-cyber public. Art is an underground operator for the global Eastern Standard Tribe though he resides in the heartland of the Greenwich Mean Tribe.
In a world when boundaries exist in the twilight mind of the bureaucrat, only power matters, but how to achieve and hold authority in a boundless orb is the question of the competing tribes trying to foster their time zone on an unsuspecting people still used to the influence of DAC (delete, alternate control). Art believes that his hostile program will embarrass the rivals, but soon after hitting his current squeeze with his car he finds he has doubts about the truth as venerated by tribal leaders. Now Art stands on a Boston insane asylum's rooftop thinking of using that ancient communication device the stubby pencil to escape from his current scenario.
Like his first Berry novel, DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM, Cory Docterow provides a wild satire of the shrinking yet increasingly complex world. The zany story line is crazier than the lead protagonist making it difficult to follow and requiring extra time beyond the standard for this size novel, but it is also amusing as many icons are skewered. Art is a terrific anti-hero struggling with whom and what to believe as those he held sacred prefer spins rather than honesty. Fans of intelligent humorous but weird, not easy to track satires will join Art's quest for what is right.
I can't explain it any better than that. You'll just have to read the book. Author Cory Doctorow writes a fast paced, adrenaline-soaked novel of a world like ours but faster, more driven, more wired, more sleepless. People are constantly interacting with communication devices but hardly anyone really communicates. Author Doctorow creates a kind of cyber-babble language full of odd abbreviations and acronyms that is perfectly suited to such a world. You may not understand it but you keep reading.
This is a frenetic page-turner. You may not understand all the intricacies of the plot, or the snip-snap, slangy cyberspeak, but you will find yourself quickly engaged with this quirky, entertaining story. I can recommend this one for an entertaining read. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber
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