I mentioned the other day that I have gotten my new BlackBerry Curve set up with Mobipocket to allow me to read books (and even some crude bookmarking and highlighting). See “Reading books on the go” for my rundown of apps and sites for downloading free books. One of the authors who is committed to making their works (or many of them) available for free is Cory Doctorow. You may know of him as the co-editor of Boing Boing, an incredible blog source, but he is also an extremely talented sci-fi author. Well, many of his works are available for free at Feedbooks including his latest novel Little Brother. It is ostensibly for “juveniles” but it is great and gripping. It is set in the very new future San Francisco and is the story of a high school senior who…well, I don’t want to give much away, let’s just say he fights hard for personal liberty and freedom. I am only half-way through but it is really excellent. (OK, some of the writing does show that he wrote it in 3 months, but it is a great story.)
You can download it free in just about any format you can imagine at his site Craphound.com. He asks that folks who might want to give money for their enjoyment of the ebook donate a hard copy to a local school library or through a library donation site they have here. I certainly will make sure our local school has a copy. This is perfect reading for the summer and I know many of our biblicabloggers are also sci-fi fans and have kids of appropriate age. (My daughter who is 10.5 is probably 2-3 years too young for it. Nothing graphic or anything like that, so far at least, but there is a fair amount of tech-geek speak about encryption and such.)
That is my pick of the week: Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.
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Good stuff. I’m a huge fan of Cory’s short stories (Overclocked is a must have) and I’m about halfway through Little Brother on the Kindle.
Definitely an enjoyable yet eye-opening read in our Google world!
I’ve donated to Cory’s library donation program because books that don’t talk down to young readers but get them thinking are invaluable! And I’m not sure 10.5 is 2-3 years too young for Little Brother. Kids are more in tune with their tech than we are, and the more they understand crypto and privacy issues the better.