Tales From the Bitface (Posts about creative commons)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:58:10 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssBook Notes 3: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorowhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2006/02/07/book-notes-3-someone-comes-to-town-someone-leaves-town-by-cory-doctorow/Martin McCallion<p>Cory Doctorow’s third novel is his best so far; and it’s strange. Really, really strange.</p> <p>It is the story of a man whose father is a mountain and whose mother is a washing machine. These are not metaphors.<br><!—more—><br>Or perhaps they are. If so, though then the whole book is a metaphor, and I’m not entirely sure for what.</p> <p>Since Alan (or Adam, or Albert, or Aaron) is very different from other people (he doesn’t have a navel, for one very minor thing) it could be seen as about alienation. Alan, however, is not particularly alienated.</p> <p>His brothers are a different matter, though.</p> <p>Each of the five is given a name starting with the next letter of the alphabet after the previous brother’s; but they are not called constantly by this name, either by each other or by the narrator. Instead, they are called by a seemingly-randomly-chosen name starting with ‘their’ letter of the alphabet. There seems no real purpose to it. If it is intended to emphasise the brothers’ ‘otherness’, then it does so: but not enough.</p> <p>As well as that, each brother has a unique characteristic. Billy, Buddy, Bob (etc) can see the future. Charlie is an island. Davey is twisted, damaged and dangerous. And Ed, Fred and George are a sort of composite being, living inside each other like Russian dolls.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, one of the subplots centres on one of Cory’s real-world interests: building a free, community-supported wireless network across the city (his native Toronto, in this case). In a way, that subplot doesn’t really mesh very well with the fantastical story: but it does provide a backdrop for it, and it shows that Alan has a life outside of his weird family.</p> <p>And there’s a woman with wings. <a href=”http://craphound.com/someone/download.php”>Read it for yourself</a>. It’s quite amazing, and like his other books, available for free download under a Creative Commons licence.</p> <p>Technorati Tags: <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/books” rel=”tag”>books</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/book%20notes” rel=”tag”>book notes</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/2006” rel=”tag”>2006</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/cory%20doctorow” rel=”tag”>cory doctorow</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/someone%20comes%20to%20town%20someone%20leaves%20town” rel=”tag”>someone comes to town, someone leaves town</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/creative%20commons” rel=”tag”>creative commons</a>, <a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/ebooks” rel=”tag”>ebooks</a></p> 2006book notescory doctorowcreative commonsebookssomeone comes to townhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2006/02/07/book-notes-3-someone-comes-to-town-someone-leaves-town-by-cory-doctorow/Tue, 07 Feb 2006 23:13:00 GMT