Download it for Free, Buy Someone a Copy for Christmas

I just finished reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Now I know what I’m going to give one of my nephews for Christmas this year, providing he hasn’t already read it. Note to self: Find out if Yanni has already read Little Brother. Yes, it has a few “curse words” in it, but his parents won’t know because they don’t read. Hehehe. 

Neil Gaiman says, “I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart 13 year olds, male and female, as I can.”

I can’t go that far, having also read City of Saints and Madmen this year, but Little Brother is a very good book. 

The New York Times review by Austin Grossman begins:
In the opening chapters of “Little Brother,” a near-future terrorist attack hits San Francisco’s Bay Bridge and a teenager named Marcus Yallow is arbitrarily and brutally detained in the federal crackdown that follows. Marcus is a likable if undeniably cocky hero – he hacks cellphones, sasses clueless authority figures and quotes the Declaration of Independence from memory. That cockiness gets scuffed a little in the disaster, and both the story and Marcus himself acquire grit and interest as a result. The fear and humiliation he experiences in interrogation are vividly detailed, and after­ward Marcus takes a principled stand that leads him into an ingenious program of resistance and civil rights activism. 

Click here for entire review

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5 responses to “Download it for Free, Buy Someone a Copy for Christmas

  1. We just started reading Little Brother for the Urban Monarch book club. I’d love to have your participation, just skip any spoilers since you’ve already finished it.

    Check it out here: http://www.urbanmonarch.com/category/media/book-club/

  2. Thanks, Greg. It looks like a lot of fun but I’ve got so many things going on right now, I don’t know if I can contribute much to the conversation. I will hang around your site a bit, though.

  3. syd

    I’ve gotten recommendations for Little Brother from a Teen Librarian I’m friends with and it looks quite good. I’d like to give it a read as well.

  4. Syd, I think I mentioned this somewhere before, but you have one of the coolest looking blogs ever.

    Greg, I’d love to participate but I’ve got so many things going on right now, I doubt I can contribute much. I’ll hang around, though!

  5. This book sounds really interesting, and as I’m always on the lookout for good books to give to my teenage son and daughter, I think I’ll give it a go.

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