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Makers [Paperback]

Cory Doctorow
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8 July 2010

What does the future look like? A brilliantly entertaining and original novel about the end of the economy from the visionary author of Little Brother.

Perry and Lester invent things. All sorts of things. Seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent an entirely new economic system. 'New Work' is a New Deal for the technological era. Soon barefoot bankers are criss-crossing the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal start-ups like Perry and Lester's. Together they transform a country, and journalist Suzanne Church is there to document it.

But a new economic system requires a whole new belief system – and there are plenty of non-believers out there. The New Work bust puts the dot.com-bomb to shame and soon Perry and Lester are out of funds and out of business. Down but not out, they go back to what they do best - making stuff. But when a rogue Disney executive grows jealous of their once more soaring popularity and convinces the police that their amazing 3-D printers are being used to run off AK-47s, things get very dark very quickly…

This brilliantly entertaining and original novel from the visionary author of Little Brother fizzes with bold ideas about the future and how our lives will look as part of it. But at its heart are three characters, Perry, Lester and Suzanne, on an unforgettable journey that will bring them together only to break them apart as they each try to discover how to live meaningfully in an ever-changing world filled with both beauty and horror – where some things really are immutable…


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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (8 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007327897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007327898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year. He is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus and has been named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory Doctorow lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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‘Doctorow's novel fizzes with ideas and jumps with breathtaking speed from one technological breakthrough to another until you're no longer sure what's based on reality and what's purely a figment of his inventive mind … Doctorow's optimism about the technology of the present and the near future is infectious’ Guardian

‘Fresh and full of thought-provoking ideas, a book about tomorrow that demands to be read now.’ The Times

‘A compelling near-future tale … a complex, ideas-led, thought-provoking book … the vivid characters and meticulously crafted future make this a book well worth checking out’ SFX

‘A tour de force … one of the most brilliant reimaginings of the near future since cyberpunk wore out its mirror shades … bitingly realistic and miraculously avoids cliché or predictability’ Publishers Weekly

‘Doctorow brilliantly shows us a near-future that’s equally wondrous, inspiring and terrifying’ BBC Focus

‘There is plenty in Cory Doctorow’s fifth novel to get technology buffs salivating … interesting and effective’ Metro

‘Prodigiously inventive … intriguing’ Daily Mail

‘Exhilarating and thought-provoking’ Courier Mail (Australia)

‘A gread read’ Good Reading (Australia)

‘Bursting with ideas’ Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for Little Brother:

‘I’d recommend ‘Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil Gaiman

‘Cory Doctorow’s novel could hardly be more relevant, scary and eye-opening … seriously entertaining.’ The Times

‘A cracking read’ Guardian

About the Author

Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year. He is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus and has been named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory Doctorow lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to give it more, but... 5 July 2013
Format:Paperback
I'd really like to give this book more than two stars, but I just can't. Doctorow's writing style is good and his characters real but his story is so dreary! It started well and ended ok, but the middle half lurched along in a series of disjointed episodes with no discernible direction or consideration for pace or even the books title. Several times I decided that a better name for the book might be Lawyers.

Doctorow's interest in business, he's an avid Forbes reader, does give him a unique perspective for a sci-fi writer, but it does saturate this book over much. His interest in Disney almost does the same. Several times the characters ask themselves and each other; "Whatever happened to just making stuff? Why don't we do that any-more?" It's a question I asked myself.

Despite Cory's best efforts to predict what sort of businesses would spring up around the maker movement, I found all of them to be ultimately unconvincing, and the story of the characters lives to be, ultimately, unsatisfying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A novel full of ideas... 8 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Cory Doctorow writes about the near future. All of his novels are set in a world that is still within the realms of the imaginable. It makes them not always easy to classify - they can seem a bit utopian or dystopian or too futuristic or not futuristic enough... basically, they sit in a genre and class of their own.

Makers is a novel about people who like to be creative and invent stuff. It's about a future where everyone can become a mad inventor, like the one in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with minimal resource investment and without understanding all the inner workings of their inventions. Basically, he's extrapolated about 10 years into the future. Maybe less.

The characters in his novel are: Perry and Lester - two "makers", Susanne - a journalist assigned to cover their story, Kettlewell - a visionary business man who merges two old economy industrial behemoths, liquidates all their industrial aspects and turns the new corporation into a venture capital investor for mad inventors, Tjan - a manager brought in to monetise the mad inventions, Freddy - a vicious little journalist, and Sammy - a Disney Parks manager who tries to innovate the park and fight the competition.

But the truth is, the characters are secondary to the ideas. The novel chronicles their actions and lives for a few years, then a skip of a few years, then another few months, with an epilogue set another fifteen years later. But it never feels like a story. Yes, there are conflicts and struggles, but some of them happen off-stage, some are just flamewars on teh interwebs, some are a little forced.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 27 Jun 2014
By MR M.
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Enjoyable but not very in depth in terms of story or ideas. Okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hot s**** 14 Jun 2014
By slowman
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Everyone should read this!!!!!!!
Held my interest from the start and had me cracked up in places I have not finished it yet so maybe overall
it could rate less than five stars but so far has a lot to offer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fable of Tech Entrepreneurs 22 May 2013
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Makers is a novel set in the near future and tells the tale of tech-savvy, business-naive inventors who are part of a new work initiative of a dotcom guru. Their inventions become popular and then through failure and success we see friendships stretched, tech fads grow and wither and an almost moralistic tale take shape. There is a narrative of trailer culture, nuclear families and America in the 21st century. The main characters are likable and the Disney influence after the halfway point is enjoyable and grows as the story goes on.

Doctrow seems like a younger version of Douglas Coupland and he covers some of the themes and genres. Its a very readable book that rips along at a good pace. Its not perfect, but as a modern day fable of corporate politics, invention and 21st century geek culture it makes some salient points and works well.
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