Someone Comes to Town is my weirdest book by far, a fantasy novel about a man whose father is a mountain and whose mother is a washing machine, who moves from small-town Ontario to Toronto to help build a citywide meshing wireless network with a crustypunk dumpster-diver.
Reading the book aloud was enormously satisfying. I hadn't read it through since I finished the final draft in 2004, and in many ways it was like coming back to it for the first time.
But even more satisfying was the participation from my readers. First there was John Taylor Williams, of DC's Wryneck Studios, who volunteered to master the audio for me, adding bed-music, editing out the gonks, and making it sound really good -- he started this around week 27, and it seriously improved the final 9 episodes.
Then Glenn Jones, a reader in the UK, decided to create a dedicated podcast feed for the book, with all 36 episodes, to make it easy to fetch and play in one gulp.
Im not sure what I'll podcast next -- I have a little more than a week to think about it -- but I'm really looking forward to it.
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Doctorow is one of sci-fi’s most exciting young writers, and one of the few with a genuine sense of humor. This is, even by his own bizarre standards, his oddest work yet — an absurd, cartoonish fantasy about a man whose father is a mountain, whose mother is a washing machine, and whose brother is a set of Russian nesting dolls. It all takes place in Toronto, where our hero finds love — and discovers a passion for installing wireless Internet connections.