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Commented on The Trial

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:15:11 +0200

The Trial was not an enjoyable read for me. The dense and surreal prose was arduous and while I can appreciate the effect of the writing and how the style added to the feeling of the scenes I did find it a struggle at times. Many of the scenes are dreamlike with bizarre and strange things happening. I found the bizarreness and randomness made for a heavy-going reading experience.

I'm sure I missed and didn't 'get' what others find so compelling about the book. I imagine that each of the characters… (more)

Commented on Little Brother

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:56:43 +0100

Little Brother is a novel for young adults which is set a few years in the future. A serious terrorist act shakes San Francisco and a group of teenagers get caught up in the aftermath.

The central themes are civil rights, privacy and freedom and a lot of interesting ground is covered in the book. However, as with other Cory Doctorow novels I've read, he has a point to make and uses the story as the vehicle for his opinions. Sometimes that makes the story seem incidental to the proselytising that… (more)