6 Down, 46 Left (52 Weeks, 52 Books)

Eastern Standard Tribe posits the fracturing of communities into global tribes by time zone, rather than national boundaries, where loyalty is determined more by your own circadian rhythms than by your political bent. In short, it’s a world gone mad in a way only Cory Doctorow can dream up.

Much like in his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Doctorow’s main character contains a fair bit of himself. Neurotic, effortlessly inventive and fiercely loyal to his pet cause, Art is irritatingly likeable, and the quintessential geek underdog (my favourite kind). He’s also a Tribalist – in deep-cover in London, working tirelessly to sabotage the Greenwich Mean Tribe. Things go awry when Art comes up with a social networking idea so good, tribal loyalties get on the line.

Cory Doctorow’s schtick is this: He comes up with a cool idea – in this case, societies chosen by time zones – as a jumping off point and drops smaller cooler ideas all over the place, from tune-swapping on the highway to children’s toys made of synthetic turtle penis (don’t ask).

But beneath the better-living-through-tech catalogue beats the heart of a classic morality tale, of choosing between smarts and happiness, and choosing Gran over the hot girlfriend. Boingboing and EFF credentials notwithstanding, Cory the geek never trumps Cory the storyteller. Get his books from the library now or go to his site and download his books for free. NOW.

Eastern Standard Tribe
(ISBN No: 0765310457) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

Next week, I’ll be reading volumes 1 – 5 of Batman: No Man’s Land.


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