Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

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Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 315 pages
206 Reviews
"Fresh and unconventional . . .Doctorow demonstrates how memorably the outrageous and the everyday can coexist."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off.

Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain; his mother is a washing machine; and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls.

Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep--well on their way to starvation, because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned...bent on revenge.

Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone--and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.

"Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read."
--Gene Wolfe

"His best work to date."
--Toronto Globe and Mail
 

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Easy to read, and never a dull moment. - Goodreads
That said, I did have some problems with the plot. - Goodreads
I just heard he's a good writer, is all.” E - Goodreads
The ending was abrupt and predictable. - Goodreads
Second, the gorgeous cover art of a girl with wings. - Goodreads
He's also has some interesting ideas about writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Stephanne Stacey - Goodreads

What a flat read. No depth, questionable story line, confusing purpose, but a creative writing style. The exciting events were sleep worthy, the so called romances left my heart unfluttered, the ... Read full review

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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

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Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the science fiction novels Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, and Makers, as well as two short story collections. He is also the author of young adult novels including the New York Times bestselling Little Brother and For the Win. His novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He is co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing, and has been named one of the Web's twenty-five "influencers" by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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