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TorgoX (1933)


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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday March 04, 2003
11:10 PM

Down and Out in Realtime City

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Dear Log,

I finished reading Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Not awful, but not so great. It mostly seems to adopt some props from Egan's Permutation City with a bit of Vinge's Marooned in Realtime, but it doesn't do anything clever with those props. The prose is overdetermined. Read Bruce Sterling instead. Or the paper. Or take a nap. Mmmmm nap.

It's not a bad first try tho. At least he remembered to have a real plot -- something which regularly escapes some people (ahem Stephenson, Egan, etc etc).

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  • Stephenson's books successively have better and better plots. Cryptonomicon has an incredible plot. What he needs are endings. I guess we have two more books to go to see if he flubs up Cryptonomicon...
  • Thanks for the review. I've been meaning to read this (especially since it's available for free [] on the web).

    If you are as curious as I was, here is an audio [] interview with Doctorow. He also maintains his own journal [].