Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

by Henry on June 20, 2005

Cory Doctorow’s new novel, “Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town”:http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=72-0765312786-0, is out. Now Cory is a mate, so I’m not sure that I’m entirely unbiased in warmly recommending it. But I can honestly say that while I enjoyed his first two novels, I think that this one is on an entirely different level. It’s matter-of-fact surrealism; the main character’s father is a mountain, his mother is a washing machine, and his brothers are nesting Russian dolls, an island, a prophet and a very unpleasant reanimated corpse. It’s a love poem to Toronto (which is part of why I enjoyed it so much – the house in which much of the novel takes place is about 15 minutes walk from where I used to live). And it’s a warm, funny romance between two flawed, interesting people. Gene Wolfe says it’s a “glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you’ve ever read.” And you can read it for yourself before buying; the text is Creative Commoned and available for download at “http://craphound.com/someone/download.php”:http://craphound.com/someone/download.php.

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ben wolfson 06.20.05 at 2:47 pm

I read the first page, and goddamn does it read like the beginning of a novel a BoingBoinger would write (that’s not a good thing). I can’t wait for Alan to remix something other than music, mash some stuff up, and praise open source and information commons (more explicitly than already occurs in the third paragraph).

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Vance Maverick 06.20.05 at 2:53 pm

I read up till the use of “novitiate” for “novice”. I understand that SF requires neologisms, but I hate to think we have to lose normal words as well….

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Vance Maverick 06.20.05 at 2:58 pm

OK, my bad. As I typed that, I bethought myself that I might be mistaken, but made a point of putting off the obligatory check until afterward, so that if I were wrong, it would teach me a lesson. And behold! A lesson!

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Henry 06.20.05 at 3:30 pm

vance – if it’s any consolation, I had exactly the same (mistaken) reaction when I first read it.

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Another Damned Medievalist 06.24.05 at 12:50 pm

I just read my first Cory Doctorow story in this year’s Nebula collection — I think I’ll have to pick this up, too! Thanks!

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