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Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

(2005)
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With Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow established himself as one of the leading voices of next-generation SF: inventive, optimistic, and comfortable with the sheer strangeness of tomorrow. Now Doctorow returns with a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision, and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today.

Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in the bohemian neighborhood of Kensington. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off.

Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain; his mother is a washing machine; and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls.

Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep--well on their way to starvation, because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned...bent on revenge.

Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone--and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.

Wildly imaginative, constantly whipsawing us between the preposterous, the amazing, and the deeply felt, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is unlike any novel you have ever read.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 0-7653-1278-6 / 978-0-7653-1278-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 1-4700-3619-3 / 978-1-4700-3619-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   

July 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 0-00-732795-1 / 978-0-00-732795-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 0-7653-1280-8 / 978-0-7653-1280-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

March 2015 : USA Audio CD
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 1-4830-7976-7 / 978-1-4830-7976-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA Audio CD
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 1-4830-7978-3 / 978-1-4830-7978-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 1-4830-7977-5 / 978-1-4830-7977-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon UK   



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