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Homeland By Cory Doctorow,

  • Title: Homeland
  • Author: Cory Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9780765333698
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Cory Doctorow s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.A few years later, California s ecIn Cory Doctorow s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.A few years later, California s economy collapses, but Marcus s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks style cable dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy It s incendiary stuff and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him but he can t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election He s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero He can t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike He s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.
    Homeland In Cory Doctorow s wildly successful Little Brother young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco an experience that

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    1. So very, very, good But not for the usual reasons I call book good This book will make you want to do something, even if its just exploring the world of privacy, encryption, and the technologies that strengthen them and weaken them It might make you want to go out and join and Occupy protest Or get involved in campaigning for an independent political candidate It might make you consider starting to use TrueCrypt to protect your personal data It might make you finally get around to figuring out t [...]

    2. Well crap Once again Doctorow paints a pretty grim and believable picture of what happens when we allow our rights to privacy, autonomy and freedom of expression to be circumscribed in the name of safety and protection The most disturbing thing about the potential of this tale to become reality, is that many of the MOST disturbing plot aspects of the novel have already occurred, and even as the perpetrators get their hands slapped, their attorneys rewrite service agreements, that we click accept [...]

    3. The book is nice, same basic plot as its predecessor Little Brother But it is less scary and less original exactly because it has a similar plot It also lacks a climax at the end I am not the guy that wants every book to end like some western movie with the hero riding toward the sunset with the beautiful girl, but I still want the story to have a real end I suspect the reason it lacks a climax is intentional, because the story is supposed to be motivational and as a result of this real , and no [...]

    4. This sequel to Little Brother doesn t quite live up to its predecessor At the end of LB, Marcus has gone from a somewhat cocky teen rebel to a wiser, scarred near adult He learns he grows he evolves In contrast, Marcus ends Homeland in basically the same shape he starts in It s a shame, because the writing in both books is good, if a bit tech y in places.In any event, the book begins with Marcus and his girlfriend Ange having a great time at Burning Man They run into Masha, a former baddie in LB [...]

    5. At first I refused to believe this book was a YA novel, and consequently disliked it I cracked this open as part of a book club assignment I hadn t read any of Doctorow s other fiction I knew that the first book in this series, Little Brother, had been billed as a YA novel But isn t that just something people say these days when they re vaguely embarrassed by their novel s enthusiasm for chase scenes or wizards But no this is a straight up YA novel It s written in the first person, it s full of [...]

    6. Homeland was a book I hadn t really planned to read as part of my finish up my unfinished series project for the year I enjoyed Little Brother, but I wasn t itching to see where the story went from there At the last minute, I decided to add it to the list, and now that I ve finished it, I can say that I made the wrong decision I should have gone with my first instinct and left it well enough alone.That s not to say that the book is bad it s not It s actually quite readable, compelling, and intri [...]

    7. I should never start a Doctorow book in the evening because I will surely be up all night alternately reading and pacing and Googling and despairing and hoping.This sequel to Little Brother is splendid The technology bits make me frightened and determined to learn The story is gripping, the people with the possible exception of Carrie because I just can t believe in that much evil for my own tenuous sanity, I mean are real and wonderful The quiet defeat of Marcus parents is heartbreakingly beli [...]

    8. Older does not necessarily mean wiser, not for Marcus Yallow, hero of Cory Doctorow s bestselling and award winning novel, Little Brother The sequel, Homeland, is set a couple of years later and opens with Marcus and his girlfriend, Ange, living it up at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada There, in the middle of nowhere, Marcus demons come to haunt him.First is Masha, who used to be on the wrong side, but might now be on the right side She hands Marcus her insurance poli [...]

    9. HomelandI was very excited to read this and I was well aware that I would compare this to Little Brother constantly Little Brother blew me away and any novel so closely related to it in scope and theme would have a hard time passing scrutiny.The first chapter didn t quite pull me in I understood that it was supposed to set the tone, that the freedom of the Burning Man festival was intended as a stark contrast to the oppressiveness and bleakness of the real world waiting back of Chicago I found i [...]

    10. Not as thrilling as the first one Still very good, and for the same reasons Little Brother was, but not as much as I expected from the sequel of one of the books I loved the most in the entire year The ending, over, was too feeble and flat, and thus very disappointing.

    11. Another book of ideas, to be read after Little Brother, its predecessor Same criticism of character development, and as before, it is often than a little preachy, putting the protagonist and his family in the middle of the many difficulties of the 2008 recession, compounded by the logical results of Marcus activities, his father s loss of his security clearance, etc Most ironic, and sad, is the afterword by Aaron Swartz who has since been hounded to suicide by Federal prosecutors, and the other [...]

    12. The best measure of how I feel about Cory Doctorow s Homeland is that I read it in the course of two incredibly busy days I carved out time late at night and between highly productive work projects to devour this book I really enjoyed it and it made me tear up a time or two It s not perfect It doesn t have the impact of Little Brother, but it is a worthy follow up and does a number of things better than the first one I think it does a better job of serving as a gate way drug to geek skills than [...]

    13. This is a Young Adult novel so although it is well written, there is a healthy dose of over explanation as you might expect I might be showing my age here, but it did irk me that Marcus or Doctorow felt he could trust the reader to get the oblique My Little Pony Friendship is Magic reference but needed to explain a quote from 2001 A Space Odyssey to death.While Little Brother was concerned with the war on terror , Patriot Act and Guantanamo, the background to this novel is the Occupy Movement, W [...]

    14. If you loved Little Brother, you ll want to read this, too It s the same mix one teenage moral dilemma after another, blended with evangelism for freedom through cryptography.Since Cory Doctorow is a fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I was irritated by his use of a sandstorm to literally blow his main characters into a tent containing three of the leading lights of the EFF and Wil Wheaton, the internet hero formerly of Star Trek The Next Generation and eponym of Wheaton s Law Through [...]

    15. 4.5 5 stars I didn t think Doctorow could top himself in terms of perfectly blending social commentary with important issues that YA readers should be looking at with Pirate Cinema , but I was wrong Homeland , the follow up to the 2008 release, Little Brother , absolutely blows everything else out of the water And yes, while he gets a bit didactic in this and his other works, it s stuff we need to be reading It s stuff that s firmly rooted in reality that is absolutely frightening, and somethin [...]

    16. Is it too much to hope that this book lives up to the high water mark of its predecessor Apparently not While there s a lot less action and or humor than the first book, the general spirit of rebellion and justice remains, and it s still a most satisfying read After all, Joss Whedon stated that he would like to make The Avengers 2 something smaller and personal than the first Doctorow seems to have followed a similar philosophy here The book depends on small moments than big, sweeping events, [...]

    17. Marcus was known as m1k3y when he was younger, a web protestor and advocate of human rights who exposed government corruption In Homeland, Marcus is a young adult, just beginning life outside of university He has all of the regular issues facing a young person searching for a job, dealing with student loans, new relationships but he also has had a new set of responsibilities placed on him When two of his friends are kidnapped, they leave him with a huge document listing and proving a remarkable [...]

    18. I must say that, after reading and greatly enjoying Cory s first book in the series, Little Brother, I found Homeland, the sequel, a little disappointing.The plot and the main theme are or less the same as the previous novel, following Marcus Yallow and his friends in their fight for freedom and civil rights But, if both the goal and the message are highly remarkable, the plot simply isn t.Don t get me wrong, it s a nice, enjoyable read But it can t be compared to the previous novel.It sometime [...]

    19. Despite being than slightly didactic Doctorow slips in lectures on politics, internet privacy, and making good coffee, and the maker and free software movements Homeland like Little Brother, to which it is the sequel manages to be entertaining and suspenseful, primarily because its viewpoint character, Marcus is so credible as a young hacker who becomes increasingly politically radicalized in the face of escalating violations of privacy and civil liberties in the US in Doctorow s if this goes o [...]

    20. I don t really seek out overtly political books mainly nonfiction, but when I come across a fiction book that s very political, I tend to side eye it a little There s a reason why books like Fahrenheit 451 works so well is that the politics they discuss aren t so topically specific And as a personal preference, I don t really seek out books that I know I m going to disagree with or something that s way extreme than I believe I consider myself a moderate, for the record While I consider Cory Do [...]

    21. I m not normally a great consumer of audiobooks Generally, I find they require too much concentration for the times and locations that they claim to be perfect for I like to concentrate on my driving while driving, I don t have a garden to tend and, to be honest, while I m out running I m too busy thinking about avoiding traffic and not having a heart attack to be listening to audiobooks Train journey s, flights and other travelling it s just as easy to read a book proper anyway, so why bother w [...]

    22. The easiest way to review Homeland is in relation to Doctorow s other YA novels This one is not substantively different in style or content he seems to be settling into a form that either works for you or it doesn t He may not have an exceptional gift for style his language, plots, and characters are all unremarkable, but effective It seems that reading Doctorow s novels is like reading his blogs, which in turn appear to be not that different than sitting in his mind for a bit And because I thin [...]

    23. Books like Homeland remind me why I enjoy fiction in the first place When done well, fiction helps us learn, it helps us with self reflection and of course it entertains us I have a friend who said to me recently that he used to read self help books but quit when he realized that they were so often formulaic I ll paraphrase since I can t remember the way eloquent way he put it sure they can help you, IF you dedicate your life to mindlessly following the pattern described And here s a helpful ac [...]

    24. I didn t realize going in that Homeland was intended for young adults I m not sure if knowing that would have changed my opinion about it The novel has what seems to be a consistent problem for Doctorow all pervasive narrative contrivance The protagonist knows all the right moves, everything from how to whip up some delicious pho it s pronounced fah in one of Doctorow s many moments of pretentiousness beat a lie detector practice puckering your butt beforehand so you can do it while talking This [...]

    25. I couldn t put this book down It felt cyberpunky It felt like a hip spy novel It was great For the first 260 pages or so Then, it starts to break down Like the message is important than the story Which is sad because the message is so important Just read the 2 afterwords and the bibliography to realize how important I was reading for the story and the story falls flat.The story follows Marcus as he comes into possession of some influential data What he does with the data And how having and rele [...]

    26. If I could, I would give Homeland a 2.5 because I feel completely in the middle about it I am a fan of Doctorow in general, especially Little Brother and Makers This much anticipated sequel tended to drag, though, without enough genuine danger I also struggled with the amount of techy explanation he goes into I know that this is a real treat for some people, but for me, it weakens the story whenever it bogs down the pacing Not that I am a big action fan that expects non stop thrillsbut the natur [...]

    27. Marcus M1k3y Yallow s story continues two years after the events in Little Brother We catch up to him at Burning Man where he is attempting to show off his 3d printer with the aid of his girlfriend, Ange Regrettably, the playa dust is causing some technical difficulties, so Marcus and Ange have given up and moved on to enjoy the Burning Man scene Imagine Marcus s surprise when he encounters a face from his not too distant past Masha Masha has tracked Marcus down to deliver a USB drive with thous [...]

    28. 3.5 starsTo prepare for Homeland, the sequel to Cory Doctorow s wildly successful 2007 YA novel Little Brother, I decided to give that first book a quick re read Not for the first time, I was struck by how clever and awesome it is that Doctorow offers his novels as free downloads under a Creative Commons license because, even though I m positive that I own at least two physical copies of the book, I couldn t find them anywhere Hey, I just moved, give me a break They ll turn up So, I happily down [...]

    29. This is the sequel to his awesome book, Little Brother It is full of computer hacking heroes who battle covert government agencies that want to track citizen s every move It had burning man festivals, homemade drones, fancy computer coding tricks that I didn t understand , massive San Francisco demonstrations, evil police brutality, outrage over student loans and unemployment, independent politicians trying to change government, and a distinct love for wikileaks It was definitely a call to actio [...]

    30. Let s start off with the audiobook part The reading was excellent Wil Wheaton did an excellent job and it was a pleasant listen.The story rating A gentle three stars.A short insight into the why I was a bit disappointed by this book It started off with a lot of potential but the main threads weren t as expansive as I hoped The main characters are teenagers all problems and solutions are really on a teenage y level And I don t like teenage y stuff any My personal rating would be a 2 star review.B [...]

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