Wow. This book is definitely an unputdownable. Basically after a terrorist attack in San Francisco(sp?) the US government goes overboard monitering anWow. This book is definitely an unputdownable. Basically after a terrorist attack in San Francisco(sp?) the US government goes overboard monitering and controlling its citizens in an attempt to find the terrorist. Seventeen-year-old Marcus, who knows computers and security systems inside out, decides to bring down the system after personally being jailed and tortured by said government.
Like I said, Little Brother makes you want to keep reading The writing in most places is really good, especially the torture scenes and the emotional scenes from the middle onwards. Doctorow can really catch a vibe of a scene and send it on.
Computer tricks and cryptography and everything that goes on in here is fascinating.
Kids beating the government is actually made believeable.
Stuff happens at every turn that makes you want to keep reading. I read way too late last night, trying to finish this.
Cory Doctorow also doesn't describe his sex scenes in detail: I appreciate this for two reasons. Firstly, I really don't want to read about it, and secondly, I've had the misfortune to come across a sex scene in a Cory Doctorow novel before, and man, that is not a place you wanna be.
It sucks you in. I started to get really outraged over the scene in the school with the teacher spouting propaganda--then remembered it wasn't real.
Marcus as a character was likeable: compassionate, smart, and not big-headed at all.
One part was really unemotional: where Marcus decides that he's going to bring the DHS down felt really meh to me--like after everything they've done to him, he suddenly makes this decision over a minor thing that happens because of them. Tamora Pierce did it a lot better in Trickster's Choice.
I liked Ange, but she was all over Marcus straight away from the time she met him. It's like this guy fantasy: get with the cute chick straight away, and then find out she's smart and funny and has a good personality. Oh, and horny. Extremely so. So I didn't find the beginning of the romance too realistic, but I did enjoy the book as a whole.
I felt like things didn't get bad enough for Marcus. He should've had a few more things happening to him, like betrayal. Especially betrayal. The consequences of the DHS's trap survey and infiltration of the Xnet never hit the main characters, and in some cases never affected anything at all. It didn't bug me at the time, though.
I never knew whether this was only happening in San Fransisco or in the whole of the US; it was never discussed.
There was also no closure for the terrorist attacks; we never find out who did it. I guess in one way, it wasn't important, because the original incident was only there to spark the rest of the novel. Still, it's a book, it would've been nice for Doctorow to tie up a loose end.
Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Little Brother wasn't perfect, but in no way did I have the sense that it should've been so much more. It's enough of a mouthful as it is, and a book you'll really enjoy reading....more
A wonderful ironic tragedy set during a British survey of Ireland that examines cultural boundaries, communication, and relationships. It's so full ofA wonderful ironic tragedy set during a British survey of Ireland that examines cultural boundaries, communication, and relationships. It's so full of life, even just reading it is quite an experience....more
I love how Christie's characters are all so well set up and fleshed out. The collection of characters here was so wonderful, and the romance subplot wI love how Christie's characters are all so well set up and fleshed out. The collection of characters here was so wonderful, and the romance subplot was very satisfying....more
I liked this one even better than the first in the series. The whole magic idea is so interesting. I love what Wrede has done with a sequel to a bookI liked this one even better than the first in the series. The whole magic idea is so interesting. I love what Wrede has done with a sequel to a book I wasn't sure could have a sequel. But it's just perfect.
And who doesn't love all those fractured fairy tales?...more
If you read this review, you need to have read Eclipse first or there'll be a major spoiler. If you don't really care about Bree's ultimate fate, keepIf you read this review, you need to have read Eclipse first or there'll be a major spoiler. If you don't really care about Bree's ultimate fate, keep reading.
My overall consensus of this book is: dude, not bad. Overlooking the Meyerisms you're always going to get (dialogue tags, grammar issues, pretty people, love at first sight), and having no idea what the hell the characters look like, it's still a pretty good read.
For one thing, it has a plot. For another, it's interesting. There's all this intrigue and plots and plans going on. For yet another, Bree isn't a Speshul Snowflake, she doesn't whine, and she dies at the end, so no author favouritism there (although I do wish she had lived).
It just shows what a writer is capable of when they're restricted in terms of what they can do. If Eclipse hadn't given Meyer limitations, we all know that Short Second Life would've veered off into something very, very sparkly....more
If we had half stars, I'd give this book 4 1/2. It's amazing.
The only thing wrong with it was that when Father Tim brings out all these Bible verses tIf we had half stars, I'd give this book 4 1/2. It's amazing.
The only thing wrong with it was that when Father Tim brings out all these Bible verses to back up his idea that everybody is saved even if they don't choose Christ. I was intrigued by this idea, so I got out my Bible and looked them up. And, well... half of the verses don't even relate to his point, and the other half have been taken out of context. So, so much. What's weird is that the book didn't even need this particular thought about the idea of death and indestructibility added in; it was like a tangent from something that had been cut out of the book. Not to mention that no Catholic priest would ever say something like that, let alone try to teach it to his students, for fear of being excommunicated.
But I'm making this issue bigger than it needs to be. However bad the theology was, it was over quickly, and I was happy that the book had people who believed in God without making a big deal out of it, and the priests themselves were generally pretty cool.
Otherwise, this was a flawless melding of theme, character, and plot. Bravo to Patrick!...more
I like PG Wodehouse's series much better than his standalones. The character of Psmith had me laughing so much, and the plot was simply wonderful. ThiI like PG Wodehouse's series much better than his standalones. The character of Psmith had me laughing so much, and the plot was simply wonderful. This is one of those books you pick up and know straight away that whatever happens in the following pages, it's going to be delightful. ...more
It's a bunch of fluff, but a very nice end to the series. However, I know God has a way of making things fall into place (experienced it waaaaay too mIt's a bunch of fluff, but a very nice end to the series. However, I know God has a way of making things fall into place (experienced it waaaaay too many times to doubt it!), but aside from the wedding, Caitlin's life had no real stress and the book just seemed to have no plot. No sooner does one thing happen than it gets cleared up. I know that's how I would be in real life, but it doesn't make for a really good story. Jenny's anorexia seemed to clear up too quickly without any backward steps, Caitlin didn't seem to get really stressed about anything... and I know I'm complaining. In truth, this was a nice book.
And I managed to have time to read it in one sitting, which was very, very nice....more
Seriously, if I hadn't had to study this book for Lit, it would have gone straight into the bin.
The ideas were interesting and I loved tWall. Banger.
Seriously, if I hadn't had to study this book for Lit, it would have gone straight into the bin.
The ideas were interesting and I loved the way Hong Kingston played around with myth and biography and history and memoir and allegory and all that sort of stuff.
But the issues the book centres around are so depressing. Kingston regales us with traumas and disappointments and upsets page after page after page. Her depiction of Chinese culture is so negative, you start to wonder whether all the woman wouldn't have rebelled in a culture like that before long. The character of Brave Orchid, her mother, is so unlikeable. She tells stories to stop Kingston from doing things, won't treat the dying because she wants a flawless reputation as a doctor, yells, calls her daughter ugly, seems to have no interest in her, I could go on.
In fact, Kingston as she portrays herself is unlikeable: a passive-aggressive, bitter, spiteful girl who won't stand up for herself until the very end, when she actually does.
The ending was something of a relief: you've got the author expressing her frustration with her culture at her readers rather than the people in her life for so long, and then she finally up and does speak out about it. But it took so blinking long....more
Okay, so while Streetcar is a very good depiction of working-class life, women in the mid 19th-century, and a fantastic example of realism and expressOkay, so while Streetcar is a very good depiction of working-class life, women in the mid 19th-century, and a fantastic example of realism and expressionism combined without a note wrong, does it have to go out of its way to mention and describe and wallow in human depravity?
Not to mention being extremely depressing. Every time I describe the play to a friend, I get an "Oh, Gawd." You see, this is what students get assigned by their teachers when principals aren't looking. It would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic....more