Makers

Makers

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765312792
Branch Call Number: ScF Doct
Characteristics: 416p

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offline Oct 03, 2013

An early take on Makers and the maker mentality (or at least Doctorow's perspective on it).

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Adzebill
Apr 11, 2011

Not as good as some of Doctorow's short story collections. Began well, but I felt wandered a bit aimlessly. Still full of god ideas but more like a manifesto than a novel.

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dida
Mar 09, 2010

An enjoyable read describing what may very well be our near future. Well (but not superbly) written. Plot progression is a bit non-standard -- more like a biographical work than a standard novel (especially of this genre).

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Mar 09, 2010

dida thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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