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Makers by Cory Doctorow
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Dec 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Recommended to Jeff by: found it in the Oswego bookstore
Recommended for: Tom and Camille
Read from December 06 to 16, 2010 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Perry Gibbons and Lester Banks just want to make things. Lester, in particular, is ceaseless with his inventiveness, building mechanical, calculating computers out of flattened tin cans and any other pieces of junk he can get his hands on. Perry is more the software guru/business genius, but in an unconscious zen-like way. Together they create The Ride in an abandoned strip mall near Miami and a Seussian shanty town arises around it. Once Perry and Lester are approached by and agree to work with investment giant, Landon Kettlewell, and the Edward Murrow of the news blogs, Suzanne Church, starts covering their work, things take off and the New Work Movement is born, grabs the nation's economy, and then crashes and burns.

Doctorow paints a near future world that rushes into one socio-economic endeavor after another (the fatkins revolution is particular bizarre and ultimately tragic)and highlights the joyful, miraculous, irresponsible life of manic entrepreneurship against the controlling, elephantine, constancy of the established, global conglomerate.

Lives are built up, destroyed, built up again. Friends become enemies; enemies become friends. And by the time you breathlessly reach the chaotic conclusion everyone actually finds peace, happiness, wisdom, and their place in the world.

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