Though Cory Doctorow is releasing this under a Creative Commons license as well as through commercial venues, ebooks just aren't my thing. So I put my $20 down and grabbed the audiobook.
I'm about 2.5 hours into an 11 hour listening experience, and this book ROCKS. Can't wait to finish it.
Bar none, this is one of the best pieces of fiction I've read lately. Doctorow manages to teach, preach and tell a great story all at the same time. He's smart enough to write real characters and project them into a near-future where liberty is deemed a privilege not a right. Readers who love Tally Youngblood from Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" series will find a new hero in Marcus Yallow - punk, revolutionary, outcast, savior.
I dropped $20 on the audiobook too and am switching between that and the ebook. It's sparked some great conversation in my (politically) blended family and am really enjoying the techno-babble, revolutionary themes, and the potential for subversion as a librarian serving Teens. It's definitely going into my library's collection.
best book of the year
very nice job
Really enjoyed book. I've read articles by Cory Doctorow before but this is my !st novel. I do have a few question though. Is Little Brother science fiction. Or can it be label techno thriller. The technology was very present day and accessible not futuristic like so many other works of SF. Please recommend other novels by Doctorow
I consider the work to be cyberpunk, though it easily qualifies as techno thriller as well. I'm sure it straddles more genres than I'm aware of.
As far as other works by Doctorow, he can be hit and miss, though I generally find even the misses to be at least somewhat enjoyable and worth finishing. He's got a few collections of short stories and some novels. I liked Eastern Standard Tribe and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom for novels. For short stories, my two favorites are, hands down, 0wnz0red and The Rebranding of Billy Bailey.
You can read 0wnz0red online at Salon:
Many of Doctorow's books and stories are available for free download on his own site (what a guy!):
I have put several Doctorow short story collections and one other novel on the shelf of the Shelfari Sci Fi group in the past several days.
I just used Doctorow's site for inspiration (and a couple quotes) for a English paper about technology and what it all means. He is a helpful source to have and I love that he really is gung hoe about free information and publishing his works as public domain. Great guy!
Cory Doctorow spoke to about 250 of the students at my high school and he had them absolutely mesmerized! In my opinion, he is as good a speaker as he is a writer. I really like that this book is so current and the students can relate to the events in the book. I’m trying not to be stingy with my autographed copy!
It is cool that you got to get his autograph. It is also neat you got to meet him. I wish that I could meet him or get a signed copy.
worst book ever!!!!!!!!!!!
Why did he choose to fight the DHS?
I dont really know Hayden
he chose to fight because his friend Darryl was still missing even after many days of torture. at first he didn't want to fight back but after the terrorist attack the DHS was upping its random spot checks and just being too over protective to America and therefore it was a nuisance that needed to be stopped before it got too out of hand and the DHS took over as a totalitarian goverment
What kind of game makes you go out and find hidden clues with special detectors?
Geocaching. Not quite the same as in the book, but you use a handheld GPS device to get to specified coordinants, then search until you find the cache. Sometimes physical, sometimes clues leading to other clues, sometimes just a place.
should i read tis book it sounds like it would be a good book
yes i dont normally like tech books but this one was addicting
good book so far but im only on page 40 or 50 though but anyway what i still dont understand is why exactly the game has peaople go and find clues in the city and how is it that the link is shared all across the world so how do they know where the clue is in there town? and also why wouldnt he just give them the password to his phone if he did that they wouldnt have buged his computer
marco is the brains and the leader he decides what to do and finds out where to go.
darryl is marcos best friend and basically the guy who gives the group all the details.
jolu is basically the technicion of the group who attends a near by catholec school.
and van is basically the idea person of the group that goes to an all girl school that darryl has a big crush on.
this book is amazing, i cannot wait for the sequel