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Pirate Cinema [Kindle Edition]

Cory Doctorow
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, Cory Doctorow, comes Pirate Cinema, a new tale of a brilliant hacker runaway who finds himself standing up to tyranny.
 
Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke. 

Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven’t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people’s minds….

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.



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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Trent McCauley, 16, makes films. The problem is that his films are composed of bits and pieces of other copyrighted material. He's a thief of intellectual property and in this near-future Great Britain, the consequences for this sort of action are severe. He leaves home for London after his online piracy has caused his entire family to lose their vital Internet connection for a year. He soon meets Jem, who shows him the ropes of being homeless, and in no time they are sharing a posh flop with Trent's new mates. Back online, he makes films that are a smash hit on the underground scene where he rechristens himself "Cecil B. DeVil." He falls in love with beautiful and brilliant 26, who opens his eyes to the political ramifications of his filmmaking. Soon Cecil and his entire crew are in a political and artistic fight to dismantle legislation criminalizing their type of creativity, legislation written by film studios and passed by the studios' Parliament lackeys. This amazing book combines young love, terrific humor, great British slang, and crazy parties with astute commentary on intellectual property and emerging modes of creativity. Doctorow's characters are well-defined individuals, all with some facet, quirk, or activity to give them color. Language-arts and civics teachers could co-teach the heck out of this novel, and debaters will find a goldmine of monologues. It's funny, thought-provoking, and glorious.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

“Doctorow is indispensible. It's hard to imagine any other author taking on youth and technology with such passion, intelligence, and understanding.”—Booklist, starred review on For The Win

Praise for Little Brother:

“Generally awesome in the more vernacular sense: It's pretty freaking cool... He's also terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology."  —The Los Angeles Times

“A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco… Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions…within a tautly crafted fictional framework.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Doctorow pays homage to [1984] with an impassioned, polemical consideration of the War on Terror that dovetails with themes of teenage angst, rebellion, and paranoia ... Little Brother should easily find favor with fans of M. T. Anderson's Feed, Janet Tashjian's The Gospel According to Larry, and Scott Westerfeld's So Yesterday.” —Horn Book(starred review)

“Readers will delight in the details of how Marcus attempts to stage a techno-revolution… Buy multiple copies; this book will be h4wt (that’s ‘hot,’ for the nonhackers).”  —Booklist (starred review)


Product Details

  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765329085
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOEBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit leaden October 9, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, but disappoints July 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cory Doctorow at his best October 5, 2012
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Pirate Cinema' depicts all-too-likely future
Trent McCauley has a hobby. He likes hunting down obscure movie clips of a well-known actor,. editing them together to make new works, and uploading them for others to enjoy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. A. Bridges
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be better if shorter. less preachy
If Pirate Cinema were half as long it would be fantastic book. As others have said, big parts of the book are very preachy about digital rights management. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Polino
4.0 out of 5 stars Angry copyright YA
I enjoyed PC a lot, primarily for its unadulterated celebration of the art of editing video clips to tell a new story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave Versace
4.0 out of 5 stars A Young Adult Novel With Fairly Sometimes Awkwardly Obvious Themes
Doctorow's snappy, amiable novel shines brightly as a piece of activist fiction, focusing its sights tightly on a reality controlled by copyright law and the entertainment... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Shrill and Preachy
This book is essentially a lecture on how government and big data abuse copyright and other laws to control content and maximize profits at the expense of society, thinly veiled as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Bought this for my brother as a gift- he reads everything from this author, so this was a good choice to add to his collection.
Published 7 months ago by bbmmrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Another engaging page turner that opens a view into adults lives as they are transitioning from youth into the adult world in today's society. Loved it! Want more!
Published 8 months ago by Sonya Sukalski
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you right on the first page......
Can't put it down for long... It's calling to me from my tablet. I've read Cory Doctorow before, and I've got his site BoingBoing on my computer... He's a very good writer.
Published 11 months ago by Zarathustra
2.0 out of 5 stars blab spiff blab blab copyright blab blab homeless
The writing style was good. The author wrote in a manner that draws your interest, and he is coherent. However, this is the only good thing I can say about the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelli
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love Doctorow's novels
It's probably not for everyone, but I really enjoyed this. The characters are believable and entertaining, the story is grand, and the message is important and chilling. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael James Van Emmerik
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Canadian-born Cory Doctorow has held policy positions with Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Southern California. He is a co-editor of the popular weblog BoingBoing (boingboing.net), which receives over three million visitors a month. His science fiction has won numerous awards, and his YA novel LITTLE BROTHER spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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