Eastern Standard Tribe has made Locus Magazine's recommended reading list for 2004, in such good company as Ian McDonald's River of Gods and Bruce Sterling's Zenith Angle. w00t!
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The power of Eastern Standard Tribe draws on traditional storytelling elements — tight plotting, sharp characterization and keen thematic treatment. The novel is immediately accessible, the near-future setting all too familiar. Despite the shifting between chronologies and tenses (first- to third-person throughout), Doctorow maintains an unrelenting pace; many readers will find themselves finishing the novel, as I did, in a single sitting.