Posted by Sari
The backlog of read but unreviewed books just keeps growing and gives me angst, so here are few to make me feel marginally better:
Dane Kennedy: A Highly Civilized Man
Castle Waiting was a comic published independently by the author, Linda Medley. After a long hiatus she is now continuing the story with Fantagraphics as publisher. They have collected all previous Castle Waiting stories into a book-size volume. Medley’s style of drawing is such that the smaller size does not diminish the effect, and the book as a physical thing is a nice object. As far as contents go, Castle Waiting pretty much lives up to its name. The Castle of the Sleeping Beauty has become a refuge for all sorts of people from antropomorphic animals to bearded nuns. They pass time in every day chores of the Castle and telling each other stories of their lives. It is a quiet, funny and engaging comic about small things that turn out to be pretty big.
Cory Doctorow: Little Brother
Little Brother is a didactic novel, an angry impressive and tech-savvy diatrabe against the way "the war on terror" has narrowed the privacy and freedom of citizens without being the least bit effective. It is a story of a terrorist attack on San Francisco and how a bunch of teenagers playing an ARG near abouts are picked up by Homeland Security. Scared shitless but also angry, one of the kids, Marcus starts an underground movement against the government.
Little Brother is a page turner, it is scary and even though you want to think it is absurdly impossible, you read things like this and this and think again. I do, however think that the didactic nature of the novel does it disservice at times - the technoexposition and the civic lessons can get a bit tedious. Even so, defenitely worth the Hype. Go read an excellent review by Finncon guest of honor Farah Mendlesohn here.
Via Making Light I also learn that Little Brother has made it to the NY Times Bestseller list, not too shabby for a book you can legally download for free...
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biography of Livingstone, has had access to a number of documents unavailable
to earlier biographers, including Stanley's original diaries and his private correspondence, and bases his
revisionistic work on these new sources. Jael’s