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For the Win by Cory Doctorow
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Jun 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: libraryread-tcpl, sf-tech, owned-etext, to-buy
Read from June 19 to 24, 2010

Fan of author - placed on hold 6/8 - checked out 14 Jun

An expansion on the author's short story "Anda's Game" & a fascinating look at an underground world - where children in developing nations feed their families by "gold farming" in an online game system. With the help of sympathetic outsiders, they start to organize and realize their strength is in numbers.

Powerfully written, this is probably the most action-packed book Doctorow has written, despite it's complete geek-oriented theme. The house of card economics of the game ring all too true in a world of ARM mortgage schemes and default credit swaps. It can be hard to keep track all the characters at times (it doesn't help that one of the Chinese kids is named Matthew and an Anglo teen goes by a Chinese nickname) and some of the coincedences can be a bit hard to swallow.

On the other hand, I got a kick out of a prestige item in the one of the online games being called Grapthar's Hammer!
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