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Pirate Cinema

Doctorow, Cory (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.
Authors: Doctorow, Cory
Title: Pirate cinema
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,22 cm
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Summary: In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.
ISBN: 1429943181
9781429943185
0765329085
9780765329080
Statement of Responsibility: Cory Doctorow
Subject Headings: England Fiction Science fiction Protest movements Fiction Motion pictures Production and direction Fiction Internet Fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Dystopias
Science fiction
Topical Term: Science fiction
Protest movements
Motion pictures
Internet
LCCN: 2012019871
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Jun 05, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exciting, engaging, postpunk coming of age story and a diatribe against government bought out by special interests (in this case, the entertainment industry) that care far more for their profits than the well-being of our culture. Doctorow wears his politics on his sleeve, and if you don't share his politics and his concerns, this might put you off. But I loved it. It made me both depressed and hopeful for the future of our popular culture and the technology we use to contribute to our culture.

Jul 30, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

For an individual (Cory Doctorow), who routinely practises censorship on his site (boingboing.net), to make it as vanilla as possible for advertisement revenue (which he never discloses), writing about supposedly futuristic rights movements, et cetera, is really both vastly hypocritical and bizarre - - nothing ethical nor truthful where Doctorow is concerned.

Jul 30, 2013
  • thomd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book, though it felt like some jump cuts moved from one bit of story to another. The whole mosquito hat thing was way too convenient when dropped into the story quite a ways in and then hacked just a chapter or two later.

I thought the characters were a little more believable than in Little Brother, and had no idea how it was going to come out at the end. Plan to read more of Cory Doctorow's books soon. (Jul 20-29)

Dec 26, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cory's latest book tackles a subject he is passionate about: copyright and the internet. In Pirate Cinema, a boy runs away to London after his cinema mash-ups cause his family to lose internet access for a month. While living on the streets, he hooks up with a band of pals who show him how to live on his own and educate him about the draconian nature of the laws created by big entertainment industry that struggle to hang on to the establishment, but stifle the artistic creativity of a new generation.

While the novelty of this book for me was seeing my husband's name appear throughout (he won naming rights in an auction) two-thirds of the way in he'd hooked me with a compelling read, strong characters, and a message that is so relevant to the world we live in today.

"Like a DJ who works with movie footage instead of music, 16-year-old Trent McCauley re-mixes bits of existing films to make art that is wholly new - but the authorities don't see it that way. As punishment for his theft of intellectual property, Trent's whole family is denied Internet access, which seriously impacts their lives in this frighteningly imaginable near-future England. After running away to London, Trent meets Jem Dodger, who teaches him about life as a squatter... and introduces him to the street kids who will ultimately join Trent in an underground revolt against the system. Complex, political, and packed with both geek-speak and British slang, Pirate Cinema will thrill fans of the author's previous teen SF as well as those who liked Brian Falkner's Brainjack." Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=565687

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