Appeals Court

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Author: Charles Stross
Co-author: Cory Doctorow
Published: 2005
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,784 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 8,830
Added to site: 2006.01.23 12559
License: by-nc-sa

scrolling across it. In the middle distance, Charleston airports' cracked and vitrified runways are coming into view. Missile batteries off to one side cycle their launcher-erectors impotently, magazines long since fired dry at the robot-piloted godless commie-fag euroweasel aid flights.

"We gotta bail out before we land, otherwise we'd have to go through customs," she says brightly. "That would be bad -- South Carolina never ended prohibition."

"What?" Huw shakes his head again. "Prohibition of what? What are you talking about?" His hands are shaking, he realises. "I need a drink."

"Prohibition of grass DIPSHIT," Bonnie says. She pauses for a moment, prodding at her eyes with a mister, but they are so swollen that she can't get its applicator into contact with bare mucous membrane. She roots around some more, then whacks some kind of transdermal plaster on her arm. "Sorry, gotta ARSE FUCK come down now. Your stash, darling? It's illegal here. If the customs crows catch you with it, they'll stick


Average Rating of 1.8 from 6 reviews: **
Rob Reader

Mindless dreck. Unworthy of Doctorow or any serious author.

Dick Thornton

I only made 15 pages of this one. Being Christian myself, and not appreciating bad language replacing dialogue and plot, I took it as long as I could. Don;t recommend it, myself.


What? Those other reviews are way off -- I thought this was an excellent story. Yes, one of the character swears a lot in the beginning: they're using an aggressiveness enhancing drug to pilot more effectively, and a side-effect is aggressive language. Perhaps the satirical view of the U.S. (and fundmental Christian churches) is what really put off the other readers?


what a waste of the English language - and a waste of a good author. The story just wasn't engaging, and the language is simply vile.

Vince Miller

Unless you enjoy profanity laced tripe this book is a definite loser. It lost me about 8 pages in.


I've enjoyed all of C. Doctorow's other ebooks, but I just couldn't get into this one. For one thing, the language was just so vile, I was scared that one of my kids would see it (and I'm no prude - I had no qualms with his other books). Read ANY of his other books rather than this one.

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