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  • Library Binding: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606318879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606318877
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,800,230 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, 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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"his most cogent, energizing call-to-arms to date, an old-fashioned (but forward-thinking) counterculture rabble rouser that will have dissidents of all ages dying to stick it to the Man..." --Publishers Weekly

Cory Doctorow has a unique way of capturing the technological challenges of current times that speaks volumes, provocative and blended perfectly into an entertaining, rewarding story. --SF Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Wired, and many others. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. New York Times bestseller Little Brother was published in 2008. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kodiak on 13 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was my first Cory Doctorow book, and it just captured me. It is fiction, but it hits on so many real life situations and really does make you think "What the hell is going on with copyright law and anti-piracy stuff".

An extremely fun read that really riles up the activist inside you
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Format: Paperback
I picked this up in water-stones as a holiday read, and am totally loving it, its a great read, plus some of the techie stuff such as Trusted Computing is a technology that I wasn't really that aware of!! I am now thx Cory I am impressed, great stuff.
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By Clive Meadows on 26 Jan. 2015
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Entertaining easy read
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 25 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Warning Teen Fiction! This is what should be written on any book aimed at children between the ages of 12-15. Not for the kids themselves, but for any adult (and especially parent) who may pick up the item themselves. `Pirate Cinema' is a story that follows 16 year old Trent as he runs away from home in an alternative near future. His incessant illegal downloading of film footage means that his family's internet privileges have been voided and with them his father's job. The next year sees Trent and a crew called the Jammie Dodgers taking on the massive corporations that own the media by splicing together illegal videos. So far so teen friendly, but the book also contains drug use and enough sex to make a grown man blush. Warning Teen Fiction!

`Pirate Cinema' is brought to you by Cory Doctorow, the author of the fantastic `Little Brother', itself a political tour de force. Whilst `Brother' was naïve, it felt like a great introduction to intelligent youngsters about politics and freedom of speech. `Pirate' takes the same level of naivety and throws in some adult curveballs that just don't sit well. `Pirate' is a book that nods towards `Oliver Twist' as a bunch of young ragamuffins get up to no good, but I do not recall the Artful Dodger getting high or getting naughty. The writing is obviously aimed at a mid-teen audience; simple sentence structure and slightly patronising discussions on political tropes that most adults would know already. If the book is aimed at a 13 year old though, why the drug use? Perhaps I myself am naïve, but I don't think this age group as a main are out doing the things seen in this book.

With the tone of the book flitting from children's novel to adult, `Pirate Cinema' never settles down in way that `Little Brother' managed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Starts well, but disappoints 31 July 2013
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This started as a very entertaining book, well-written for (I assume) the young adult market. The theme was very clearly about copyright issues on the Internet. Very interesting and topical. And made some excellent points in a compelling way. I liked the politicisation of the lead character and the range of issues and struggles he had to manage. Also the discussions about art, and what creativity is.
However, around (just over?) half way through, the book became a repetitive one-sided treatise against internet copyright restriction, and every single character seems to give exactly the same speech over and over again. Not subtle; not nuanced; not in any way enlightening - let alone entertaining. Tediously boring, in fact. Which is such a pity, because the first half of the book is particularly enjoyable.
It's very rare indeed for me to abandon a book before its end, not matter how bad it is. But this one has indeed been exceptional.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A bit leaden 10 Oct. 2012
By Woolfhound - Published on
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I'm a big fan of Doctorow and really like how he's done YA work - such as Little Brother - that doesn't talk down to its audience (& as a result makes good reading for not not-Y A's out there). But this is just a bit leaden, with characters too often suddenly regurgitating the author's essay work on topics like Trusted Computing and copyright law. Suddenly the novel seems to have turned into a public service announcement for a while.

So this is a bit disappointing, largely because of the high expectations set by Doctorow's much more deftly-executed work around some of these same themes.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Classic Cory Doctorow at his best 5 Oct. 2012
By William Hertling - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm Cory Doctorow fan, having loved Makers, Little Brother, and For the Win: A Novel.

Like Little Brother, we have another young adult protagonist and his super-smart female love interest and their tribe, who become outraged at government and corporate interests and take action to improve the world.

As in other Doctorow novels, we get great, really rich settings. This one takes place in London's street/squatter scene. It's hard to imagine that Doctorow could write this stuff without having lived it himself. I'd love to spend six weeks with Doctorow and see what his life is really like.

In Pirate Cinema, the technology and the morals take place front and center, as they do in most Doctorow novels. This is about intellectual property rights, their effect on creativity, and the rights of corporations versus people. In his earlier books, Cory's prose sometimes read like an academic paper when he's talking about the serious stuff. This is still here, but I think he's done a better job of blending it in, and the fact is that I really don't mind the lectures: they're fun and educational, even for someone relatively conversant in the space.

I don't want to give too much away, but I laughed out loud and had to immediately text a few friends when I get to the scene on panhandling A/B testing. If you know what A/B testing is, I promise this scene will crack you up.

In short, if you liked Little Brother, Makers, or For the Win, you'll love Pirate Cinema too. If you haven't tried any of Doctorow's fiction, I highly recommend it. He writes about important issues in a fun and entertaining way. You can read for the fun or the lessons or both.

(Note to parents: my kids are still in their single-digit ages, but when they hit their teens I hope to feed them a steady diet of Doctorow novels, including Pirate Cinema. The language, street living, and drugs might be slightly edgy, but the lessons about corporate interests and activism are right on.)
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Embarrasingly Unshaded Polemic Set in a Stacked-Deck Universe 20 Dec. 2012
By Mike Harris - Published on
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I am about 95% aligned with Doctorow's beliefs on copyright. This book, however, is so unsubtle a polemic that anyone, including Doctorow, should find it embarrassing to the "cause".

Characters break into long dogmatic monologues at the drop of a hat, dialogue that comes across as artificial as the faux-dialogue in student educational films.

The characters manifest skills in gourmet cooking and construction rehabilitation that are incredibly rare amongst the populace and quickly demonstrate said skills at genius levels that normally take a lifetime of work to develop.

The trash becomes a very obvious deux ex machina that drops absolutely anything the characters need into their hands as easily as the Enterprise's synthesizer. (I'm surprised they didn't just nick a few pallets of gold that the Royal Treasury was throwing out for being scratched.)

The subject matter is treated only with jagged strokes of black and white. The antagonists are portrayed as so evil that I'm surprised their lawyer wasn't twirling a Simon Legree mustache between two fingers. There's no character who examines or argues the opposite viewpoint in any sort of reasonable way.

And as his story universe's God, on multiple occasions, Doctorow allows remarkable but unrealistic coincidences to perfectly fall into place as needed (such as the hobby of the protagonist's movie star idol).

One might argue that some of these are permissible when writing for young adults, but pre-teens and teenagers are sophisticated enough to both notice and have problems with each of these issues. Read anything from Diane Duane's Young Wizardry series if you think the label of `young adult' excuses these sort of problems.

Doctorow once could be relied upon for writing touching character pieces that were set in environments created by creative, insightful, predictive yet mostly optimistic worldbuilding set in our near- or near-far future. Read "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" or "Makers".

With "For the Win", "Little Brother", and now "Pirate Cinema", Doctorow's work now is usually comprised of brassy action pieces, marching down the middle of the road proclaiming their theme simply by loudly shouting it, with characters that are so un-nuanced as to seem laughably, inhumanly zero-dimensional. Doctorow has become a Michael Bay parody of himself.

After "For the Win", "Little Brother", and "Pirate Cinema", I doubt Doctorow can find his way back to how he used to write. Writing polemical fiction is probably a lot easier and a lot more fun. But it's also a lot less readable and a lot less powerful. Whose works will be best remembered in 50 years, those of Martin Scorsese or those of Carrot Top?

I hope I'm wrong, though. I'd like to see something written with the skill, shading, and thoughtfulness Doctorow used to employ. It's been absent for a long time now.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not the finest of Doctorow's works 12 Feb. 2013
By Umberto Nicoletti - Published on
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I bought PC after reading Big Brother from the same author. While with BB I was hooked from the beginning until the end PC fails to engage the reader and it all has a sense of deja-vu. If you have not yet read BB (read it!) your feeling might be different.

If on a narrative-level the book somehow fails to deliver a great reding experience on the other hand if you, like me, are sensitive to the issues of copyright and IP you will resonate to the protagonists' adventures.
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