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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Juli 2010

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In Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, things are not well in the land of Space Mountain. The operations of Disney World, in this glimpse into the near future, are administered by "ad-hocs", volunteer groups devoted to retaining the old-fashioned charms of the amusement park in a society that has otherwise undergone radical change. Now that you can back up the contents of your brain and download it into a fresh clone, death has become obsolete. And rather than acquiring wealth, people are concerned with earning Whuffie, a measure of good will and admiration among your fellow immortals.

As one of the people in charge of the theme park's Haunted Mansion, Jules has no shortage of Whuffie. While he's delighted with his job and his perky girlfriend Lil, he's increasingly suspicious of the ambitious ad-hoc that's just revamped the Hall of Presidents. "Ad hoc?" Jules grumbles at one point. "Hell, call them what they were: an army." After Jules is "killed"--for the fourth time in the hundred years he's been around--he realises that the Haunted Mansion is under threat, along with the rest of his beloved Magic Kingdom.

It's the sort of wild, tech-savvy premise a reader might expect from someone with Doctorow's CV--among other things, he's one of the editors of the popular Weblog Boing Boing and a 2000 Hugo Award winner for best new writer. Doctorow, a Toronto native who now lives in San Francisco, makes savvy references to recent SF landmarks such as Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age and Snow Crash, and fans of Carl Hiaasen may be reminded of the amusement-park warfare in Native Tongue and the anti-Mickey bile of Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World. But what Doctorow's first novel lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in terms of exuberance and appeal. The action is funny and swiftly paced as the increasingly unhinged Jules tries to discover the identity of his "murderer" and protect the Haunted Mansion. Along the way, Doctorow reconfigures society in a dazzling variety of ways and creates a future that he can call his own. --Jason Anderson, Amazon.ca -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Praise for DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM: 'Impressively imagined' New York Times 'Cory Doctorow doesn't just write about the future - I think he lives there.' Kelly Link 'A kinetic, immersive yarn ... wholly entertaining' The Onion AV Club 'He sparkles! He fizzes! He does backflips and breaks the furniture! Science Fiction needs Cory Doctorow.' Bruce Sterling Praise for Cory Doctorow: 'Fresh and full of thought-provoking ideas, a book about tomorrow that demands to be read now.' The Times 'I'd recommend 'Little Brother' over pretty much any book I've read this year. Because I think it'll change lives. It's a wonderful, important book' Neil Gaiman 'A glorious book unlike any book you've ever read' Gene Wolfe 'A cracking read' Guardian 'Doctorow brilliantly shows us a near-future that's equally wondrous, inspiring and terrifying' BBC Focus

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... weil der Autor alle seine Bücher unter CC Lizenz stellt, also gemeinfrei.

Aber davon abgesehen ist das ein interessantes und fesselnder Blick in die Zukunft und sehr angenehm zu lesen, auch z.B. für jugendliches "Schul-Englisch".
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Ich bin auf das Buch gestoßen, nachdem ich Cory Doctorows Buch "Little Brother" regelrecht verschlungen habe. Im Gegensatz zu "Little Brother" ist "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" meiner Meinung nach komplizierter zu lesen, viele Sci-Fi Ansätze, die nur nebenbei erklärt werden, Sprünge im Handlungsstrang usw. Die Story ist teils abgefahren, teils seltsam, trotzdem spannend und tiefsinnig. Auch wenn es nicht auf den ersten Moment klar wird, es steckt sehr viel Zwischenmenschliches in der Story.

Vielleicht würde ich 5 Sterne geben, wenn ich es jetzt direkt nochmal lesen würde, Potential ist da. Was mir außerdem sehr gut gefällt, ist, dass die Version auf Wunsch des Authors ohne DRM ausgeliefert wird, mir war nicht klar, dass Amazon dies überhaupt zulässt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A grand idea novel! 23. Januar 2003
Von Jeffrey P. Bezos - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dr. Gillian Taylor: Don't tell me you don't use money in the 23rd Century.
Kirk: Well we don't.
-- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek may be a money-free universe, but they've always left blank the details of how scarce assets like a starship or a Picasso ... or the Haunted Mansion might get allocated.
In this fun, fast book, the clearly talented Cory Doctorow explores a full-on reputation economy. With the help of a sophisticated, real-time network, people accumulate and lose a reputation currency called "whuffie." The ideas are an incredibly rich playground, and the author doesn't make you suffer through flat characters or clunky prose to get to them. On the contrary, these are totally alive characters set in a deeply conjured world (which world is Disney World, a place you can feel the author's passion for). By the end, you'll know the characters well enough to be able to judge what impact this new world has -- or doesn't have -- on the fundamentals of human nature.
Cory Doctorow deserves much whuffie for this novel. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Entirely original; a marvelous debut novel 27. Januar 2005
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Science fiction, satire, dystopian fiction...if you enjoy slotting your reading into neat categories, "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" probably isn't for you. However, if the idea of a fresh, wholly original take on all of these genres appeals to you, read on. "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" is at its heart, and amalgam; an amalgam of styles, of genres, of themes, and yet somehow author Cory Doctrow has managed to weave these disparate elements into a cohesive whole.

At its heart, this is the story of Julius, a post-modern man who is a centenarian living in Disney World. His is a world without scarcity or death, and as such, the dynamics of economies have changed radically. A person's rank in society is based upon their "whuffie", essentially the measure of their esteem within the breadth of the human population. While this meritocracy has certain appeals, it is still subject to the capriciousness of human nature, and as such, is still subject to many of the challenges of any of the systems the world currently enjoys (or doesn't). In particular, the need to use esteem in order to achieve capital means that non-stop consensus building plagues most aspects of life and diverts it into entirely unexpected directions.

Which brings us to the crux of Julius' dilemma, namely he has been killed to facilitate another "as hoc" seizing control of the Hall of Presidents, and now his new body is experiencing difficulties with it's internal computing capabilities and, worst of all, the Haunted Mansion may be the next ride to succumb. As Jules and his ad hoc fight to save the ride from losing it's 20th century charm, the pressure really begins to mount.

All this may sound absurd, but within the context of the story it works quite brilliantly. Doctrow introduces a host of interesting sociological and technological theories without becoming pedagogic, while at the same time exploring issues that are fundamental to any society. In particular, he questions whether humans can ever be truly happy absent conflict and purpose, and as such, what happens when the most mundane things become one's raison d'etre. Is it funny and absurd that his characters fight a war of sorts over a Disney ride, or is it sad, or is it both?

In "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" Doctrow has produced a thoroughly original novel, that is both a fun read and a thoughtful look at society. He introduces a host of fascinating directions for human and societal evolution, but manages to maintain the reader's interest in a story that would be absurd out of context. Finally, his whuffie based economy has surpassed Ken Macleod's anarcho-capitalism ("The Stone Canal") as my favorite fictional political system, without ever bogging down in philosophical debate or confusing jargon. Great satire, great science fiction, this is a treat that is not to be missed.

Jake Mohlman
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great first novel 6. Februar 2003
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Julius has finally realized his life long dream of living in Disney World. He finds his job with the Liberty Square ad hocs to be fun and his girlfriend Lil keeps him feeling young. When his best friend Dan shows up, he feels his life is complete. But then he's murdered. Granted, it's only his third death, which isn't bad for being over a hundred, but he still takes it rather personally. He's even more surprised when he finds out that Deb moved into the Hall of Presidents while he was out.
Deb is leading a group that is slowly bringing all the attractions into the modern era with new technology. Julius and his friends oppose this because they want to keep the park the way it was in the 20th century, technology, storylines, and all. Julius feels he should take a stand, but what can he do?
First, the bad. Maybe it's because I don't read that much science fiction, but I had a hard time with the jargon of this book. For the first 50 pages or so, I was really struggling to follow the new terms the characters were using when discussing their lives.
But once I got the lingo down, I couldn't put the book down. The story is interesting with quite a few twists and turns. All the characters were interesting and well developed, but I especially liked Julius. He was easy to care about, and I had to know what would happen to him next. I'm a huge Disney fan, so the back drop of Disney World certainly didn't hurt either. In fact, it made me want to visit the park even more.
Cory Doctorow is definitely an author to watch. He weaves a good yarn in an interesting vision of the future. I'm already looking forward to whatever he has up his sleeve next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Staring into a mirror and seeing the future 8. Februar 2003
Von Glenn Fleishman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although I've read a lot of science fiction over my 30-plus years, I've found that typically there's a mechanical process at the heart of it, ticking away plot points, waiting its time to spring into full deus ex machina glory. Meanwhile, romance is awkwardly introduced, and mindblowing ideas are thrown onto the page.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom suffers from none of these flaws, and will be easily regarded in the future -- that mythical time that never comes -- alongside works of Philip K. Dick, although Doctorow's prose never gets out of control or wound up the way Dick's does.
Down and Out isn't a future so much as our inevitable outcome given the current ideas of technology, religion, and consumerism. Nothing in the book seemed unfamiliar, no matter how exotic it was, probably because Doctorow rooted the book so firmly in the Disney Nightmare that is modern entertainment.
I've been backstage at Disneyland and have met some cast members and Imagineering designers, and so his description of that kind of taken to the logical extreme occupation of the magic kingdom by people who want to make it better -- rather than make money or who have property rights -- doesn't strike me as odd, and his insights into what makes rides tick should gain him entrance to the Imagineering world.
The story at the heart is compelling, and Doctorow engages in only a few Moby Dick like expository techniques to draw you into the world and then body slam you with a concrete instanciation. Death is dead, the future is before is, and the question he asks is, really, what the hell are we going to do with ourselves? Put on the hat with the rounded ears, obviously.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted to like this, I really did. 24. August 2008
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It's not very clever to be a book reviewer on the internets and confess that a Cory Doctorow novel kind of leaves me cold. I like Boing Boing as much as the next person. I often admire his work as a journalist. This was my first attempt to read one of his novels. So many people have recommended the books to me. I wish that I could have liked this more, I really do.

He gets right exactly what you expect that he would get right. He hits the big future world points of karma credits (Whuffie) instead of cash and life extension technology. He has the hacking of pop culture and alternate forms of social organization and all the other little touches that you will not be at all surprised to see. I wish very much that it had not read quite so much like a textbook projection of what life will be like after the Singularity comes, because that was pretty much exactly what the book felt like. Making a point, working it out.

Fair enough, but I missed characters that I could care about. And I really missed some heart to the thing. Charles Stross writes in a similar subject area and honestly his books are way messier than Down and Out. Still, I like them much better. I had the feeling as a reader that Doctorow liked his clever ideas much more than he liked his characters. I never warmed to any of them, and I never once cared what would happen. Too bad.

There are certainly going to be people who enjoy the novel. It is cleanly written and cleanly plotted. At 206 pages, you can read it and enjoy it without missing the soul too very much. I am curious to hear from others whether all his work is like this, or whether there are other books that I might enjoy more. Let me know.
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