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Year Zero by Rob  Reid
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Aug 09, 12

Read in August, 2012

A good romp of a novel. Very entertaining, and I learned some interesting things along the way. Lots of humour, sometimes verging on zany but always on the right side of silly.

Of course, if one feels that the novel describes accurately our current world in terms of intellectual property, how the laws governing them came to be and how they impact our lives, then maybe it should be seen more a as cautionary tale than a ripping yarn.

Herein lie my reservations. The novel clearly has a goal, a message, and the story feels constrained because of that. There are just a bit too many visible plot devices and apparent plot contrivances. Every novel has some, of course, but I prefer to have to reflect on what I have read to discover them, instead of stumbling on them as I read.

Still, for the humour and the craziness, and yes, also a bit for the pedagogical bits, I would heartily recommend the book.
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