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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765329080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329080
  • ASIN: 0765329085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I think I relate a lot to the story and character in the book so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jeromy Shald
The story and its messages are really interesting, especially to readers interested in technology and the internet.
Joe
Here are the two biggest problems: first, the villains in the story could not possibly be more two-dimensional.
David

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Woolfhound on October 9, 2012
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Gold on November 5, 2012
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Let me start by saying that I know this book has been categorized by the publisher as "Young Adult Fiction," and so it may be somewhat unfair to criticize its lack of sophistication. However, even young readers do not want to be hit over the head with a message and I think that this book does just that. I generally love Cory Doctorow's books -- even some of his recent forays into the "Young Adult" genre. Unfortunately, the characters in this book stretch credulity as it is obvious - at least to me - that the words put into their mouths came from the mind of an adult passionate about the subject matter and not an actual teen. I share Doctorow's concerns that the line between corporations and government is becoming progressively harder to distinguish every day, and that the centralization of media control in the hands of corporate interests contributes greatly to the apathy of most of the citizenry of the "free world" while that very apathy allows this control to exist and grow. I also agree with his belief that if "the people" are to take back our government, such a movement will most likely begin among young, tech-savvy people. The problem, however, is not the message but the medium. The characters in this novel are, for the most part, very one-dimensional and the plot is as predictable as it is plodding. There is just no subtlety. Perhaps this is what most younger readers want, but I expect that the true deep-thinkers among them will feel cheated and talked-down to. Cory Doctorow is a thought-leader in this area and has a lot to teach the most intelligent of his readers. Unfortunately, in what I believe was an effort to reach a broader audience the author sacrificed an opportunity to reach those among his target audience who are most likely to lead any charge towards real change.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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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 a novel. Although I agree with the author's political views on copyright and related technology issues, the preachy tone throughout the book borders on the shrill and ruins any enjoyment of the perfunctory and unlikely storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Umberto Nicoletti on February 12, 2013
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Hertling on October 5, 2012
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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.
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