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Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Pirate Cinema - Cory Doctorow

But the fact is, we're all creative. We come up with weird and interesting ideas all the time. The biggest difference between 'creators' isn't their imagination - it's how hard they work. Ideas are easy. Doing stuff is hard.

 

This was the second Cory Doctorow book I read, the first having been Little Brother. Pirate Cinema is a YA novel set in Britain in the near future, and, like Little Brother, it takes an important contemporary issue - copyright laws in the age of the Internet - and explores a possible dystopian future.

 

It sounded great in theory, specially because open culture is a topic that's very close to my heart. Unfortunately, I was majorly disappointed by this book.

 

To start off, it's just so similar to Little Brother - the tone, the plot, the characters, their personalities, even their hobbies or food preferences. It reminded me a bit of reading Dan Brown's books: you read one, then you read another, and it feels like you are reading the same book over and over again, with only a few differences (by the way, it pains me to do this comparison, because I love Doctorow's ideas, and Dan Brown's... well, not so much). Because they were so similar, I found myself comparing the two more than I should, and this one definitely pales next to Little Brother.

 

Still, this book discusses some very pertinent ideas in an accessible way, so it's not a total disaster. But I would recommend skipping this one and trying out one of Cory Doctorow's other works.