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July 2014



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Book # 92, Cory Doctorow, Little Brother, in ARC

With this book, the unpindownable Cory commences what I suspect will be a successful 92nd career as a YA author. Little Brother is a rollicking dystopia, the story of a bright 17 year old hacker who has taken it upon himself to go toe to toe with Homeland Security in an America not all that different from the one we're living in. This book has a whole bunch to recommend it: It's fast-paced, well-written, and the protagonist is engaging in a geeky way, if just a tiny little bit generic. The book is a bit didactic in places. However, since in some ways it's a fictionalized manual for how to build an underground resistance to an evil government, that's only to be expected. Really very good, and based on what I remember about my own teenage years, Cory's captured a particular element of adolescence very well--that sense of being a grownup (or maybe even understanding things better than a grownup would) without having the baggage of accumulated years of failure to tell you exactly how it is that things could go horribly wrong.

Good book, recommended. It comes out in May.


Cory was talking about this on a podcast from... Worldcon? The big one in Japan last year - and it sounded verra interesting indeed.

Now I have to pick it up. Why can't it be May already? (Because then SIMCON would be over, and it would be spring-like, and no more snow, and I would have new books to read, and could go shooting, and... grrrr, winter can be done now, kthxbai).