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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Cory Doctorow
65 Installments

Doctorow’s first novel, nominated for a Nebula Award, is a future history set mostly in Disney World in the 22nd century. Julius tries to keep a ruthless rival from changing his favorite ride at the amusement park. This is a world where death is conquered, basic needs are met for all, and currency comes in the form of popularity votes. Betrayal, th

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Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British science fiction writer, digital-rights activist, and co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing. His first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was the first book ever published under a Creative Commons license. His bestselling novel Little Brother (2008), was nominated for a Hugo Award. He is a contributing writer at Wired, has a regular column in Popular Science, and is the author of more then 15 books of fiction and non-fiction.

 
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Interesting premise but a bit slow going at times. The background information was thin so not sure at times what they were talking about. The action often dragged.
 
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I had so much fun with the language, symbolism, and ideas here. I love "squirting" information at each other's systems with finger guns. I love the succinct, intriguing flashbacks. And the story's main thrust, Julius's willful spiral after being knocked offline, is really moving. I love that it's not a story of man vs. society, an attack on a big-brother dystopia, as much as a person losing all his bearings and finding his utopia can't help him.
 
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Doctorow's use of jargon, though somewhat confusing at first, draws you into the narrative to give you a feeling of intimacy with the beleagered Julius during his journey inward as he confronts his many flaws while trying to save his beloved Magic Kingdom.<br/>Definitely worth the read. I kept downloading the next part - I counldn't wait until the next day to read it!
 
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A fascinating blend of modern sensibility and future tech, set in a Disneyland which has become in some senses a worker's paradise and in others a more finely evolved corporate machine.
 
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It definitely was a mixture of humor and darkness, very well balanced. It took a few pages to really get involved in it, but after I sunk in, I was waiting for the next installment.<br/>I'd like to see another one, but if not, at least I had the opportunity to read this one!
 
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Probably the most intriguing thing about the book -- and the probable cause for anyone to pick up up the first time -- is the developing of Disney's fantasy park into a miniature society complete with unfathomable policies and ruthless administrators. There's some sobering sarcasm in here.
 
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It was a pretty nice read, but the ending sure threw me off. It didn't quite fit the build up.
 
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I really got caught up in this story. I loved the technical jargon and Julius' descent into paranoia, but the ending kind of felt flat to me. The plot seemed to be building up to a huge cataclysmic climax but it sort of just quietly wrapped itself up. Not at all what I was expecting.
 
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A quirky story of how a life goes wrong in an utopian society. All the characters were interesting, though the story was not so much. There are certainly better reads out there.
 
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