Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
By Cory Doctorow
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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...
||CleanEpisode 8||Lil's parents come back from the dead, and that isn't a good thing. Jules hits bottom. It's time for him to start over, fresh.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7||Jules runs out of Whuffie. Debra takes over the Mansion. Dan and Jules fight back. The beginnings of the Bitchun Society and the ad-hocracy.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6||Jules' rehab of the mansion isn't going well. He does something stupid.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5||We learn about Zoya, Jules' ex. Jules sees a doctor. It doesn't go well.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4||Jules gets a brilliant idea for rehabbing the Haunted Mansion to compete with Debra. He's not well, and makes a shocking discovery.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3||Jules gets suspicious, and launches a sneak attack on the Hall. It doesn't go well.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2||Jules is refreshed and relives the crime. Debra and her minions take over the Hall of Presidents. Jules gets a demo of their spectacular upgrade.||2/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1||We meet Jules, his pal Dan, and his girlfriend Lil and learn a little about ad-hocracy. Oh yeah, and Jules gets murdered.||2/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
I was intrigued by this take on WDW in the future. I would have been more impressed if it had been condensed into one episode. The narrator makes me want to dig out my eyeballs with a spoon. THe author clearly has a lot to say, has a great backlog of knowledge about the parks and Imagineering and enjoys his characters - as pedestrian as they are. I think some of the visuals were really cool. Especially his character Zed. If you're a die-hard Disney fan, check it out while you're multi-tasking.
Not the best, and yet? The Best!
It's not the best but, if you have read the book it's worth it. I love Cory Doctorow books. They are odd, weird, and most of the time they don't get what I want done. They get me thinking though. I love them. They are aweful and awesome. Awesome books. I am so glad that I am going to get to listen to one of the books in audio. AWESOME!!! This was my first! Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
It was Great
Odd, weird, and yes thought provoking!!!