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Makers by Cory Doctorow
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Jul 29, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction, own
Read in November, 2009 — I own a copy

This is sort of a strange book. It was hard to figure out whether this book was about people or about technology or about business or about creativity or (as is most likely) an amalgamation of all four. The story takes a few jumps: at the beginning it seems to set itself up as one thing and then shifts gears rather dramatically into another direction.

Cory Doctorow also continues his fascination and love/hate relationship with Disney. The only other book of his I've read, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, takes place entirely at Disney, while in this one, Disney plays a fairly large role in the second half.

I think the writing is improved over his previous book, although I still feel like there's something missing. Doctorow is good at coming up with interesting scenarios and exploring the social ramifications, but somehow it tends to feel rather superficial, as if there is a depth just waiting to be explored.
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