Huge props to Mark Neslon for bringing us another Cory Doctorow title. This is his first full-length novel – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom:
Jules is a young man, barely a century old. He’s lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.
Disney World! The greatest achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the keeping of a network of “ad-hocs” who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.
Now, though, the “ad-hocs” are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents, and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.
Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It’s only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it’s war…
Cory is a true trailblazer. He makes all of his novels available for free under creative commons licensing. That means you can do stuff like… make an audiobook of it and give it away for free. Yeah, he’s that cool.
We’ve just kicked out 8 episodes in the default feed. Me? Well, even though I read the book four years ago, I’m going to listen. But I’m choosing a custom feed so I can get episodes of this free serialized audiobook delivered to me one at a time on a schedule that I choose. I’m picky that way.