Book: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (Buy It)
Author: Cory Doctorow
Read in: Seattle, Los Angeles, Ocean Shores
The protagonist of this book has no idea what he is, his parents are a mountain and a washing machine, his brothers include a psychic, an undead malcontent and symbiotic stacking dolls. He keeps trying to live a normal life, but his family won't let him. Despite his bizarreness, he can at least walk down the street without too much trouble. This is different from a woman he befriends whose bizarreness is so noticeable that she needs to saw off parts of her body on a regular basis.
Ultimately this book deals with issues that any iconoclast or counter-culture denizen will recognize. While the characters issues are weirder-than-life, they all span the gap of the social outcast - wanting to live in the mainstream world, resenting the mainstream world, observing the mainstream world ... but never quite being a part of it.
Cory is an easy read. The book flows nicely. Characters are interesting, plot twists are well executed. Even though I've only given this 3 stars, I likely be reading more Cory Doctorow in the future.
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