Eastern Standard Tribe
Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow's second novel, can be best described as a story about a genius suspected of being insane, written by a genius suspected of being insane -- a brilliant blend of Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk classic Snow Crash.
Art Berry is an agent provocateur in the Eastern St
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Cory Doctorow is an unrepentant blogger, and it shows in this, his second novel. His language fizzes and crackles like three bags of Pop Rocks burning their carbonated pleasure on a tongue, popping ou...more
I found the first couple of sections of th...more
The book is near-future science fiction with just about one cool new idea: in a pervasively connected homogenized world, the most meaningful form of of group identity isn't ge...more
The format/style was peculiar, telling part of the story in 3rd person, past tense and part of it in 1st person, present tense although the main character in both parts is the same per...more
The narrator is sarcastic and not particularly likeable, but he is interesting, I must grant. He's affiliated with a group based in the EST but finds himself in London undercover trying to sabotage other groups. (There's a really interesting theory here about how the internet changes the way that people self-identify; howev...more
And for a few dozen pages each, Cory Doctorow's books really sing. I mean, really, who...more
In a 24-hour, instant communication world the need for sleep is the only thing that hasn’t changed. The world is splintering into tribes based on time zones; those in other time zones will be at lunch or sleeping when you need them. Only those in your own time zone can be depended upon.
Art lives in London, and he works for a European telecommunications mega-corporation. His "rea...more
That's Cory Doctorow about a 1000 times over. The man appears to be made of pet obsessions. His books are littered with little rants and bits where you see the author poking through the narrative.
And it's a shame, because Eastern Standard Tribe has...more
“So you’re a fish out of water. You live in Arizona, but you’re sixteen years old and all your neighbors are eighty-five, and you get ten billion channels of media on your desktop. All the good stuff—everything that tickles you—comes out of some clique of hyperurban club-kids in South Philly. They’re making cool art, music, clothes. You read their mailing lists and you can tell that they’re exactly the kind of people who’d really ap...more
At times you stop and wonder where the author is going with the...more
Cory Doctorow’s Eastern Standard Tribe is a soothsaying jaunt into the not-so-distant future, where 24/7 communication and chatroom alliances have evolved into tribal networks that secretly work against each other in shadowy online realms. The novel opens with its protagonist, the peevish Art Berry, on the roof of an asylum. He wonders if it's better to be smart or happy. His crucible is a pencil up the nose for a possible "homebrew lobotomy." To explain Art's predicament, Doc
Also a lot of high tech cell phone usage for communication and other things, plus a state psychological system gone very wrong.
The story is Art's, who's played by his friend and his lover. It tells about how he gets in and out of trouble at a very frenetic pace.
Best obligatory sex scene ever - three words - "Vigorous sex ensued"
The premise is that in the near future (or, now!), online communication makes it possible to find kindred spirits anywhere in the world. Hate everyone around you? No problem! Live, work, and play online. Our protagonist, Art, does just that. But this lifestyle does not exclude one from the everyday drama of living. Befor...more
Much better than some of the other detritus I've been reading recently. Starts off really well but the last 1/4 was a mixture of dull pointless family conversations and a rushed ending.
I'd have like the ending to go a bit deeper, I was left with a "oh is that it?" when all the loose ends were wrapped up in a couple of pages. Also the book alternates between First Person and Third Person which I found a bit jarring. Howeve
r it wasn't a bad read but...more
This book exhibits a historical look at the late 90's through early oughts (oo's), where wardriving was a pastime, IPods and the music copying contention were rampant news, rapidly developing high end feature phones and early smartphones became ever-present tools, and the San Franci...more
P. 99: "Fede stood and treated Linda to his big, suave grin."
Last sentence: "'Oh, I know,', I say, and dial up some music on the car stereo."
Plot Summary (Goodreads):
Art is a member of the Eastern Standard Tribe, a secret society bound together by a sleep schedule....more
Art is an interface designer. He is good at being the champion of users, since engineers have no idea how someone actually uses anything. He is currently on assignment and living in London. He really lives as part of the...more
This book was another that I’d actually got on my Amazon wish list before I realised it has also been released under a creative commons license.
It took me quite a while to get into this. I read the first half of the book with a frown on my face as I just didn’t get the underlying premise. The main theme of the book is based around groups of people living and working around a specific time zone, regardless of their geographic location....more
Art Berry is a user experience consultant, working for a firm in London. Actually, he's an agent for the Eastern Standard Tribe, a social network of east-coast net-connected folk who find each other work, help each other out, and they sabotage companies so to make way for their own concepts in the market. Almost forgot... they all keep a sleep schedule that lets them stay...more
He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.