Homeland Hardcover – 5 February 2013
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- ASIN : 0765333694
- Publisher : Tor Books (5 February 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 396 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780765333698
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765333698
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Dimensions : 15.21 x 3.29 x 21.77 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"A wonderful, important book . . . I'd recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I've read this year." --Neil Gaiman on Little Brother
"A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion." --Scott Westerfeld
"A terrific read . . . A neat story and a cogently written, passionately felt argument. It's a stirring call to arms." --The New York Times on Little Brother
"One of the year's most important books." --Chicago Tribune on Little Brother
"A worthy younger sibling to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother is lively, precocious, and most importantly, a little scary." --Brian K. Vaughan, author of the graphic novel Y: The Last Man on Little Brother
"Believable and frightening . . . Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract gait-recognition cameras, arphids (radio frequency ID tags), wireless Internet tracers and other surveillance devices, this work makes its admittedly didactic point within a tautly crafted fictional framework." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Little Brother
"I'm a huge fan of Little Brother. Reading about m1k3y, Ange, and their friends helped me visualize the escalating intrusions on our freedom and privacy wrought by advances in technology. The book describes a dystopia that seems chillingly plausible--and near." --Alex Kozinski, Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Little Brother
"Freaking cool . . . Doctorow is terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology." --Los Angeles Times on Little Brother
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So why the 3 stars? Effectively the novel loses 2 stars for the poorly constructed and plotted ending - most of it happens off screen at one hand removed so the story never reaches a satisfying conclusion. In fact my major complaint is that several plot lines are not tied off - we never find out about Joes senate bid for example.
So as a polemics this books works as well as Little Brother - as an example of the storytellers art not so much.
As another plus there are some small essays from key people involved in Wikileaks and Reddit.
Highlight of the bonuses is a Little Brother short story which lacks most of the flaws of the main novel as does work both as a polemic and a story.
A little more polish next time please Mr Doctorow.