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Eastern Standard Tribe by [Doctorow, Cory]
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2.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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‘Utterly contemporary and deeply peculiar – a hard combination to beat (or, these days, to find).’ William Gibson

‘Artful and confident… Like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, Doctorow has discovered that the present world is science fiction, if you look at it from the right angle’ Vancouver Sun

‘A witty, sometimes acerbic poke in the eye at modern culture’ Locus

Praise for Cory Doctorow:

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

‘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

‘A glorious book unlike any book you’ve ever read’ Gene Wolfe

‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765307596
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TGO92M
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'I wanted to enjoy it, suckitude and all.' Written in gauche hokey faux American ('You're from LA, then?' 'Got it in one'; 'way the hell the other side of the roof') I liked its satirical jabs at the world of work, but if it wiped that would-be-trendy smirk off its face there'd be nothing left at all other than an unhealthy obsession with circadian rhythms. 'Pebbles.. about the size of wasabi chickpeas'? How do they differ in size from ordinary chickpeas, exactly? No Coupland he; Doug had the attitude AND the competence - and the right conjunction of the planets, for all I know. I expired by the wayside on page 34, my brain oxygen-starved
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Cory Doctorow is a celebrated inhabitant of the blogosphere and an authority on intellectual copyright. This is his second novel.

The book's protagonist is a member of an elective community: the Eastern Standard Tribe. Several such communities exist in Doctorow's near future, each cohering around a timezone which dictates a life-schedule to its geographically dispersed members. Each group pursues an agenda, and so each of its members tends to live parallel lives: a straight life as, say, a management consultant, and a covert life as a member of his Tribe. This leads to complications familiar from spy thrillers and the world of industrial espionage. One such complication, centring around the protagonist's ideas for a novel file-sharing technology, generates the plot of the novel.

This makes the book sound quite weighty, and I don't doubt Doctorow's serious interest in the underlying issues. But Eastern Standard Tribe is a short (242 pages, not 432) rapid, almost weightless read - perhaps a good choice for a plane or train journey. I found the plot unlikely and the characterisation thin, but the author's enthusiasm generates sufficient forward momentum.

Doctorow's ideas seem to me to suffer from the typical faults of techie authors: in particular, a groundless optimism concerning the power of technology to improve our lives and solve the major problems we now face. The idea of elective communities based on shared attitudes, interests and styles is a seductive one, but Doctorow doesn't seem to notice that such communities already exist: they're called corporate multinationals and non-state actors, and their influence has been anything but unreservedly benign.
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Would you rather be smart or happy? The hero wants to be both - and rich too - but being locked up and treated for paranoid schizophrenia doesn't help - his girlfriend and business partner really are out to get him. But how do you convince the psychiatrist?
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