Cory Doctorow has been one of my heroes for some time now. I’ve listened to him read on his blog, watched him give talks on line and even tried to rea...moreCory Doctorow has been one of my heroes for some time now. I’ve listened to him read on his blog, watched him give talks on line and even tried to read some of his fiction. But his fiction writing has never been as important to me as what he has to say about free speech and free thought. Until now.
With Little Brother, Doctorow has finally bridged his political views with his writing talent in a way that has immense appeal to average readers. You don’t have to be a science fiction geek to enjoy Little Brother. You don’t have to be a computer nerd either. But if you are, you may have to wipe that giddy smile off your free software loving face. This novel preaches the gospel of open encryption and free speech that this country is rapidly loosing to political fear mongering and civil rights trashing. It may be the most important book anyone can read this year for that alone.
But even if you just like a rousing tale of an unlikely hero, Little Brother delivers. Cory’s writing is personal, timely and full of hope. Sometimes he lapses into technical info dumps but unlike most writers, Cory can pull it off. I enjoyed the book immensely and recommend it to all. This is one book that lives up to all the hype. Get it, read it and learn.(less)
I finally had the chance to finish reading Marseguro by Edward Willett. Regular readers will recall I won the book from a give away on the author’s si...moreI finally had the chance to finish reading Marseguro by Edward Willett. Regular readers will recall I won the book from a give away on the author’s site a few months ago. Sorry it has taken me so long to get to this review, but baseball season and various other Spring time events have set me behind in my reading.
I really enjoyed reading Marseguro by Edward Willett. It was a little hard for me personally to get into because I’m not big on religion and the bad guys are all about hard line religion. But I really liked the Moddies, genetically modified humans created to live in water environments. Well developed characters with clear motives prevailed in the story and once the plot got going, it rolled right along at a nice clip right to the end.
I was also amused by the Star Trek reference towards the end. Not sure if anyone else has done that before, but I liked it. Interesting to imagine that the future would be altered by the fiction of the past.
I intend to go back and read Willett’s first novel, before I take up his sequel to Marseguro that is due out later this year, I believe. I was “this close” to getting Lost in Translation, before I won Marseguro. Anyway, if you like Space Opera, and boy do I like me some Space Opera, you will enjoy Marseguro.(less)
Gritty, realistic space marine combat with a twist on the lost in space trope. If you like the Alien movies and David Weber's military SF, you'll love...moreGritty, realistic space marine combat with a twist on the lost in space trope. If you like the Alien movies and David Weber's military SF, you'll love this one. (less)