Procrastination 2013

Happy Belated New Year!

I started writing this a couple of weeks ago to post in mid-January – and it had been a while since I had finished the books then….  Some parts of my life just feel as though I am wading through quickly drying mud.  A couple of weeks ago, I was going to title this posting as un-commonalities.  I like procrastination better because it’s actually a word.

What do Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, and Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch have in common? Not much – as far as I can tell. Continue reading


Little Brother

By Cory Doctorow

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Tor, c2008, 2010

Genres: Science fiction, general fiction

ISBN: 9780765323118

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 416 – includes 2 afterwards, a bibliography, acknowledgements, and excerpts from For the Win.  The story is 365 pages.

Setting: San Francisco, CA and the Bay area

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Marcus and his friends decide to ditch school for a rousing round of Harajuku Fun Madness, they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time when the Bay Bridge is bombed by terrorists.  They are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and detained until they give all of the information which DHS requests, including passwords to their phones and emails.  When finally released, Marcus vows to get back at the DHS for using terrorist methods for obtaining information from American citizens. Continue reading