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Review of 'Untitled John Gwynne 2' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I enjoyed the additional exploration of the world as well as the characters. Getting to see the main three from the first book really grow and see where their actions take them, as well as getting the viewpoints of other characters and how Orka, Varg, and Elvar's actions affect others kept me engaged throughout. 

I love Orka's chapters, it's very refreshing to see a mother be an absolute badass.

Book three when?

Cory Doctorow: Attack Surface (2020) 4 stars

Cory Doctorow's Attack Surface is a standalone novel set in the world of New York …

Review of 'Attack Surface' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This is the third volume of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother series, but it also serves as a standalone novel. It tells the story of Masha, who served as one of the antagonists in the first novel, Little Brother, and provided assistance to Marcus in the second, Homeland.

The story begins with Masha working for Xoth, a private company assisting a foreign government suppress protesters. After completing her work for the day aiding the authoritarian government, she moonlights by assisting a group of protestors, teaching them how to evade the monitoring.

If the first two books had Marcus as the protagonist, here we follow Masha Maximow, who was mostly “on the other side” working to help to suppress hacktivists, but at the same time supplied Marcus with sensitive data in the second book.

As the story unfolds, we see flashbacks of how Masha ended up working with Homeland Security …

Cory Doctorow: Content (2008, Tachyon Publications) 4 stars

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a “political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and …

Review of 'Content' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Content contains a series of articles and presentations. Lots of topics are covered, including Facebook, RSS, and the adaptation of new technologies.

What felt like the most common and most impactful was the focus on DRM, specifically Cory's speech at Microsoft, explaining just how awful it is and why you'd be dumb to back it.

All in all, an enjoyable collection of essays to chew on regarding technology.