Here are some things I'm responsible for bringing into the world lately.
And a new book to post, with some comments. (I really like the idea of this gradually becoming a book review blog).
I have mixed feelings about Cory Doctorow as a writer.
I enjoyed Little Brother immensely, and stopped reading Makers halfway through in disgust. (Am I really hard on books? Yes, I am really hard on books.)
I concluded that he is good at writing for children and young adults and bad at writing for adults - which is a fine way to be. Certainly, the young adult market is more lucrative. To elaborate: if a book for young teens seems didactic, with juvenile characters, it's much as expected. A very similar type of story about 40-year-olds, ostensibly aimed at other 40-year-olds, is much less understandable.
Comments on Information Doesn't Want To Be Free:
Spoiler alert: It's "Information doesn't want to be free, people do," in case you're a hacker manifesto diehard offended by this apparent sacrilege. Since both Little Brother and Makers read at times like mouthpieces for Doctorow's futurism - it's unsurprising that he's at his best when he drops the baggage and just tells you what he thinks, in straight-forward non-fiction.
This book is tremendously well-researched. It frequently elucidates obscure bits of copyright law and internet history in layperson language, using examples that make clear the implications of some proposed anti-piracy bills and current DRM. That said and full disclaimer, it's easy to like something you've agreed with for years. And since I downloaded my first .mp3 at maybe 12 or 13, I have never looked back.
Personal archaeology suggests that this was the first song I ever downloaded: