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Context Context by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Context is the second collection of essays from Cory Doctorow, following on from Content. And like that first collection, it consists of a large number of very short pieces culled from a wide variety of sources, the oldest first appeared in 2008, the most recent in 2011. Given that there are 44 pieces squeezed into 238 pages, you can tell that none of them is particularly long or goes into any great depth. And though Doctorow is well known not just as a novelist but also for his online presence, it may be something of a surprise to realize that the vast majority of these pieces first appeared as columns in print media.

For the Win For the Win by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Jason Erik Lundberg
The story is told as a narrative tapestry, switching points of view between key characters to present a global tale of workers' rights and economic gamesmanship. With such a large cast of characters and such an intricate plot, this novel could have quickly become a complicated mess, but each sections flows from one to the next, and the narratives nicely mesh with one another, forming a whole that spans the globe.

For the Win For the Win by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by D. Douglas Fratz
Cory Doctorow's novel provides an interesting near future tale of a labor revolution that changes the world.  And who are the players in this revolution?  The surprising answer is: players of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, also known as MMOMPGs, that resemble World of Warcraft.  He assembles a worldwide cast of characters to participate in the world-changing events of his novel, from California to China, from India to Indonesia. 

Makers Makers by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
If I want to send a message, Sam Goldwyn is reported to have said, I'll use Western Union. He was wrong, of course; most fictions convey a message of some sort, they cannot do otherwise since they emerge from the creator's awareness of and ideas about the world around her. But in the main, and in most successful cases, the story comes first and the message emerges naturally from it. Cory Doctorow reverses this.

Makers Makers by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Kit O'Connell
Many science fiction novels ask, "What is the next big thing?" This is hardly a surprising trend. Within our own lifetimes, we have seen a succession of these next big things. It's a theme as old as the genre itself. This novel instead concerns two other, perhaps more interesting questions: "What does it mean to be the next big thing?" and "What happens after the next big thing?"

Little Brother Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
This is not a fluffy bunny fairy story. It's a tale of real people with real problems which are just a little bit bigger than ours, and ours don't seem to need that much more of a push to get themselves elevated to that orange alert status at all. And the voice in which the story is told is the voice of a cranky, precocious, hormonal, swaggering, vulnerable, struggling-to-understand adolescent is spot on.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Matthew Cheney
The author deserves a lot of credit for writing a book like this one, because he could have written an easier book, a tamer book, a book that wasn't so goofy or passionate or so every which way, so loose. He could have written a book that held together better, that followed its premises a bit farther, that was shorter and sharper and shockier, but that book would be a less charming book, a more ordinary one.

Eastern Standard Tribe Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
A man sits on the roof of a psychiatric hospital, his mind poised on the edge of a question: Is it better to be smart or happy? Art is a member of the Eastern Standard Tribe, working in London to undermine the working of companies located in Greenwich Mean. Instantaneous global communication has produced a newly-emerging social structure in which people organise themselves not necessarily by the geographic area in which they live, but by the sub-culture they most personally identify with.

A Place So Foreign A Place So Foreign by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
This is the author's first collection, and it's a nice one. You can easily judge this for yourself, as he's put up six of the nine stories in the book for free download, along with Bruce Sterling's perceptive introduction.

Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
reviewed by Martin Lewis
The problem with utopia is that it's boring. Post-scarcity environments tend to be lacking in dynamic tension. Whilst we would like to live in them, we don't necessarily want to read about them. One solution to this is a good old fashioned murder. As Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon recently showed, even immortality doesn't have to be an impediment to a murder mystery. It is just such a murder that frames this debut novel, but the actual meat of the story is social politics.

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