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Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow
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in the right mood, I think this reads as clever, in the wrong mood, as precious. It's the only doctorow i've read so far, so i don't know whether he grows as a crafter of character and plot, but this book succeeds on exploring ideas and perceptions as well as having some pretty snare-drum prose in places despite being uneven.

It's a brief read and it's shortcomings don't get in the way of enjoying the observations on identity, belonging, cultural interaction, technology and economy.

I think, at most basic, why i really enjoyed this book is Doctorow's semiotic description of the world and it's people. There's something paradoxically peri-autistic yet hyper-perceptive in his writing.

This novel certainly made me eager to read more of his work
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