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Makers by Cory Doctorow
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Mar 20, 2011

it was amazing
Read in March, 2011

Wow was this good. I started it Thursday night. It's Sunday. It's done.

The book is a lovely set of interlocking love stories. Of two great friends, who together make each other's best imaginings possible. Of boys and their technology. Of entrepreneurs and capitalism. Of technology and capitalism. Of art and the need to put food on the table. Of the great friends and the women they find. Some of these love stories are incredibly rich and heartwarming. Some are very bleak. All are told very well in very human voice.

This book should not be pidgeonholed as science fiction. (If you like SF though, this is really good SF.) But it is high end literature, fundamentally trying to imagine what the future of the U.S. economy would look like, telling the story of those evolutions by examining their effects on the microcosm of individual lives. It just happens to be written by somebody with enough science fiction roots that he can actually tell you something about the technology driving that.

It's really good, and incredibly though-provoking, and made my cry. You should read it.
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