Monday, 29th of March, 2004
Doctorow, Cory – Eastern Standard Tribe (9:36 pm)
I know, I'm out of order. I have two previously-read, and very good, books to review before I get up to this one. But who knew, except me? Who cares?1
Fuck. Ing. Awe. Some.
Truly. It's really really good. I enjoyed the ubiquitous comms (which are mobile phone, handheld computer, net connection, bank card and everything else all rolled into one – Greg Egan had similar ones in everyone's hands way back when, and I've wanted one ever since)…
And as a bonus: now go read a wonderful short story of Cory's at the Fortean Bureau ("A magazine of speculative fiction): Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar), which has both a musical and an Australian connection of sorts. Post-apocalyptic craziness as only Cory can do it…
1 The reason I'm so strict with myself is that I have a fear that if I just jump to the most recent book, vivid in my memory, then I will no longer have any motivation to review the previous ones, and some poor sod will be left unreviewed in Stumblings. A woeful fate indeed.
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