Scratching my head with an open sourced robotic arm
A few things come to mind reading Cory's latest work: optimistic, fascinating, charming, wait am I reading the same novel as last chapter, is he making this up as he goes. Unfortunately makers does not have the tight plot and tension of Little
Brother, and if the nerd family saga is fascinating, the novel wanders here and there for a long time before getting somewhere. Still one wonders why some parts of the novel are there at all, or so much attention is given to viewpoint characters that fade then in the background. Cory also needs a new editor, like Little Brother this work is replete with repetitions and even the occasional wrong tense. And then there's the Sex Scene, or we could perhaps call it the *OMG Nerd Sex Alert* I want to think that this is an in-joke, especially because Usenet is mentioned at some point of the novel. A total break from the tone and vocabulary of the novel which read exactly like those old alt.sex.stories posts. Don't get me wrong, there is lots of good stuff here. Tons of it, in fact. I just wish I got to read the actual novel, and not this first draft that somehow ended up printed.