Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Library Loot - Feb 16

Library Loot is hosted this week by Marg of Reading Adventures. I know I'm not a regular at this meme, but I'm trying to get into the habit of using the library and borrowing books rather than buying them.

Anyway, I've got two books out right now:

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother
Young Adult fiction.
The Amazon.com product description:
Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
I've got this book out so I can do the review for Royal Reviews. The book's read, but I haven't written up the review yet. I've been distracted by the Olympics. Speaking of, I just saw a Canadian win Gold in snowboarding.

The other book I've borrowed as of last night is:

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
The Amazon.com product description:
On September 13, 1998, John Scalzi sat down in front of his computer to write the first entry in his blog Whatever--and changed the history of the Internet as we know it today.

What, you're not swallowing that one? Okay, fine: He started writing Whatever and amused about 15 people that first day. If that many. But he kept at it, for ten years and running. Now 40,000 people drop by on a daily basis to see what he's got to say.

About what? Well, about whatever: Politics, writing, family, war, popular culture and cats (especially with bacon on them). Sometimes he's funny. Sometimes he's serious (mostly he's sarcastic). Sometimes people agree with him. Sometimes they send him hate mail, which he grades on originality and sends back. Along the way, Scalzi's become a best-selling, award-winning author, a father, and a geek celebrity. But no matter what, there's always another Whatever post to amuse and/or enrage his readers.

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded collects some of the best and most popular Whatever entries from the first ten years of the blog – a decade of Whatever, presented in delightfully random form, just as it should be. 


Marg said...

Both of these look interesting. Hope you enjoy them, and good luck with using the library more!

Elena said...

Thanks. I was back there today, getting out more books.

I did enjoy both books a lot. One review is up, the other has been sent off to Royal Reviews.


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