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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).

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.

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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