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SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Fine modern fantasy from up-and-coming SF writer (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, 2003) and happening Web editor (boingboing.net) Doctorow, with the potential to please both SF and mainstream readers.This chimera of a novel takes a plot with the geek appeal of a Neal Stephenson story and combines it with a touching family tale built out of absurdist elements that could have come from Italo ... Read full review

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Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - CB Daring - Goodreads

(Review written at 4am after finishing it, may come back to edit.) I read this book in essentially two sittings over the course of several days. It's imperfect, sometimes lacking in plot satisfaction ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

Great characters, detailed, odd, quirky, human in being funny/sad/happy etc. The plot bored me and me it like reading through mud. I didn't care until the final scene, and then in wraps up quick and ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Esther - Goodreads

So disappointed. So much meandering sciency infodumpy not-even-a-plotline mingled with sighingly wonderful plottish fantasy, neither coming to fruition. Total letdown. The sciency stuff reminded me of ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

I thought this book looked like it would be a unique read. And it is. I kept reading because I truly enjoyed the author's writing style, even as I began to care less and less about the story itself ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Salome Ndoro - Goodreads

I felt the author was trying to hard to create new types of monsters it was such a stretch, sometimes it got really boring, especially when they were talking about the technical stuff, he went on a ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Hmpf - Goodreads

Strange, strange book. Almost impossible to rate, for me: I often give four stars to flawed books that have *some* parts that work incredibly well for me; I've been known to give five stars for that ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - James Lowe - Goodreads

I first listened to this in 2009 when the author read it over the course of 36 episodes of his podcast. Earlier this month something made me want to listen once more, so I tracked down and downloaded ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Craig Victor - Goodreads

I was very excited to read this book. This contemporary fantasy novel is really spell-bounding from the blurb to the first page. Lots of mystery, that leaves you confused and begging for resolution ... Read full review

Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

User Review  - Claudia - Goodreads

Weird and lovely Read full review

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2 stars
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