Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Book - 2005
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With Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe , Cory Doctorow established himself as one of the leading voices of next-generation SF: inventive, optimistic, and comfortable with the sheer strangeness of tomorrow. Now Doctorow returns with a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision, and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today.

Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in the bohemian neighborhood of Kensington. 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.

Wildly imaginative, constantly whipsawing us between the preposterous, the amazing, and the deeply felt, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is unlike any novel you have ever read.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty : 2005
ISBN: 9780765312785
Branch Call Number: ScF Doct
Characteristics: 315p


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Mar 26, 2010

My #1 favourite book. Started reading it in a book store, 1hr later decided to order it form the library, read it. then read it again. Utterly fascinating.

A mix of sci fi/fantasy and real life, set in some of the most normal and the strangest scenario's you'll ever imagine. vivid descriptions make it quite interesting and the chronology will keep you reading, daring you to put it down.

I can't tell you anything about the story because it's so personal, you'll just have to read it yourself and you'll either love it or you'll hate it.

Accidentally picking-up this book and reading was a great coincidence, not just for me but for Cory Doctorow too.

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