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Have you read: Challenging fantasy is worth the effort

Mark Dulyanai

“Someone comes to town, someone leaves town” by Cory Doctrow

Your mother is a washing machine; your father is a mountain. Your great scheme is to hook up all of Toronto with wireless Internet, and you know a woman who constantly has to cut off her wings. Edward and Frederick, who happen to be nesting dolls, have recently shown up on your doorstep. They’re missing their other and innermost brother, George, and they suspect their other brother, Davey, (who they killed years ago) may be returning for revenge. You are Alan, the main character in Cory Doctrow’s “Someone comes to town, someone leaves town.”

This novel is perhaps the one of the most extreme reads I have encountered in quite a while. The book cover proclaims this as a “Sci Fi Essential” book, but I am hard pressed to classify Cory Doctrow’s second novel as purely science fiction, as it crosses genres so easefully. I personally would call this the most challenging and deeply original book I have read in a great while.

Doctrow infuses “Someone comes to town, someone leaves town” not only with a vision of the future, he has instilled his work with insightful glimpses into what it is “to be.” “Someone comes to town, someone leaves town” is a novel of juxtapositions. The novel was at times infinitely hopeful, while at other turns it looked so far down into the heart of evil I thought I could smell brimstone. Doctrow’s writing requires a sharp mind and an open heart to fully appreciate the depth of his story.

“Someone comes to town, someone leaves town” is one of the most challenging reads to come along in a great while. I spent many hours enjoying the fantastical world Doctrow has conjured up, and I strongly recommend this novel to those of us who enjoy having to work a little bit for their reading enjoyment.

-Mark Dulyanai is a member of the South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library.


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