As with Dracula before, I’m not really sure how much I can say about this novel, as I’ve spent six months reading it!
I mentioned in my post on these serialized novels that Makers was proving far easier to follow along with because its installments came out regularly, and that was certainly true. But I did rather often find myself being annoyed that another chapter was in my Google Reader, starring it, and then forgetting about it until the next one came, at which point I would star that one and forget about it, until I would work up the interest to go back and read them all at once.
That, I think, is a product of the fact that I wasn’t really interested in the story. At the beginning it was good; two guys making cool stuff for shiggles and getting some nice attention for their troubles, a reporter going internet-based and making boatloads of money while fighting off a longtime rival. But then the story got really bogged down in business and lawsuits and fighting and I just sort of stopped caring until Disney showed up and then it was briefly engaging again and then it tapered off, again. I’ll admit that on the whole, and especially when I was reading chapters one right after the other, the story intrigued me. I just don’t think it worked for me in its serialized form. And the last few chapters are set ten years after the main story, which is a pet peeve of mine but which I won’t hold against the novel proper.
The good stuff is in Doctorow’s vision of the future, which is part of why I loved Little Brother; he’s got his future world and how it looks and acts all figured out, and the reader gets to see that bit by bit. I will keep reading what Doctorow is writing… but maybe only in book form. 🙂
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