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  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319852
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year. He is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus and has been named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory Doctorow lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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‘I’d recommend ‘Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil Gaiman

‘Cory Doctorow’s novel could hardly be more relevant, scary and eye-opening … seriously entertaining.’ The Times

‘A cracking read’ Guardian

‘A well structured and superbly executed thriller with breakneck pacing and an emotional payoff to boot. Engaging, thought provoking, and at times harrowing.SciFi Now

‘An entertaining thriller and a thoughful polemic on Internet-era civil rights … a terrific read’ New York Times

‘A compulsive and chillingly credible read … would make a great discussion for any reading group’ New Books

‘A tale of struggle familiar to any teenager, about those moments when you choose what your life is going to mean.’ Steven Gould, author of ‘Jumper’

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD VINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2008
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I wouldn't quite go as far as Neil Gaiman, but I would certainly recommend Little Brother to anyone interested in civil liberties, dystopia fiction or hacking. In writing this novel Cory Doctorow deservedly joins the company of a long line of dystopic writers like Jack London, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. His intertextual link with Orwell warrants particular mention; Little Brother doesn't just allude to Nineteen Eighty Four, it seems to consciously set out to expand on it. And although Nineteen Eighty Four is a superior novel, Doctorow has definitely succeeded in contemporising the central point.

Doctorow sets out to bombard his readers with information in a way vaguely reminiscent of Manuel Puig's footnotes in Kiss of the Spider Woman - this is a polemic with a narrative with a hundred articles on youth culture, political history, the beats, human rights, counter-terrorism and so on and so forth all in one book. It is openly didactic and angrily political and if you agree with its social commentary (as I do) it is quite an experience.

Little Brother is also an instruction manual on how to think about security - from mundane security to draconian security to security against draconian security; Doctorow aims to show how security can work for you and against you and how security without privacy is ineffective and harmful. In addition Little Brother is a homage to hackers (like Andrew "bunnie" Huang), defenders of freedom (like Emma Goldman) and writers (like George Orwell).

The novels style is fast, meandering, idiomatic (in a middle class geeky way) and realist. Doctorow is not above using thriller devices like chapter cliff-hangers and foreshadowing nor will he be gentle.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2008
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I picked up 'Little Brother' on the back of one or two interesting reviews, and it's fair to say it didn't disappoint. Both exciting and provocative, I expect it to become one of the most talked about novels of 2008.

With a title like 'Little Brother', Cory Doctorow's novel is bound to draw comparison with 1984, although the two are only superficially similar. To me choice of title feels as though it was made in the hope of catching some reflected glory from Orwell's masterpiece, which is shame; though not destined for 1984's greatness amongst the literary canon, I think 'Little Brother' may, in future, be seen as a seminal piece of counter-cultural fiction.

But what do I know? I'm over 25, which Doctorow goes some to lengths to point out, means that it's best not to listen to me. Little Brother, is very much a novel for the young and although I enjoyed it, I'm sure I missed some of the nuances of an IT savvy lifestyle and the general state of oppression that most teenagers (feel they) live under. I found 'Little Brother' very reminiscent of Scott Westerfeld's novels, which I have also enjoyed and at the end of the novel, Doctorow acknowledges Westerfeld's influence.

Little Brother breaks down into two major themes; the use of technology and the abuse of power. The sections that detail using an Xbox to create an underground internet and outline the various cryptographic measures taken by the characters, reek of authenticty and form a solid framework upon which the novel is built. For me though, the strength of the novel lies in its assessment of the abuse of our basic human rights through anti-terror legislation.

The near-future, pictured by Doctorow is entirely plausible and therefore all the more
terrifying.
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The Kindle edition of this eBook can be downloaded legally & for free from the author's website, so by buying it from the Kindle Store, you are really paying £4.00 just for the book's copyrighted cover art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2010
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I enjoyed the mix of technology, story and polemic in Cory's Makers, and found the premise of "Little Brother" - a glimpse into the near future with an eye on privacy, freedom and surveillance in a post-9/11 world - interesting. It's an important theme which deserves serious consideration, but I don't really think it's received it here. As others have pointed out, Cory makes his belief (that no amount of fear can justify the curtailment of the right to privacy) explicit on every page. There's no room for contemplation of an alternative - or even a more subtle - view: thus, *all* the bad guys in the Department of Homeland Security are shown to be engaged in nefarious practices designed to keep the populace under control (it's even suggested at one point that these include engineering a terrorist attack as post-hoc justification for more extreme forms of surveillance), while the goodies (led by Marcus, the 17-year old hero) are brave, inventive, kind and smarter than the baddies. They're also young and, at one point, come up with the slogan "Don't trust anyone over 25" (you see what I mean about this not being a subtle treatment of the issue).

Youth is probably another reason why Marcus keeps breaking off from the story to provide the reader with breathlessly explicatory paragraphs about botnets, encryption, radio frequency ID tags, the civil rights movement and Jack Kerouac. I thought a few of these were interesting (even for stuff I already knew about), but they include some sloppy writing which I found irritating.
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