Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (Google eBook)
Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.
Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer "ad-hocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.
Now, though, it seems the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.
Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of ever-shifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes.
Bursting with cutting-edge speculation and human insight, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom reads like Neal Stephenson meets Nick Hornby: a coming-of-age romantic comedy and a kick-butt cybernetic tour de force.
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Review: Down and Out in the Magic KingdomUser Review - Robert - Goodreads
It all depends what you're looking for. Here's the bad: the prose is appalling, the characters are uninteresting, and the plot is about as generic as you can get without actually drawing a Freytag ... Read full review
Review: Down and Out in the Magic KingdomUser Review - Bronwyn - Goodreads
This was fine. I liked the concept more than the execution. Glad I didn't buy the book when I'd originally heard of it. I'm intrigued by Doctorow's free use of his work though. Read full review