Massively Over-Rated: Cory Doctorow, Little Brother
Oh. My. God.
This book is a train wreck.
Here's the capsule summary, and I'll warn you right now, I'm going big-time spoilerific here, and I feel no shame about that, because I'm spoiling a book that you absolutely should not read. That's a bold claim, and I will defend it in a few moments, but:
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Oh, for gods' sake.
This is cartoon liberalism. This is straw-man liberalism. This is the kind of stupid crap that morons like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Weiner-Savage like to accuse liberals of believing. And yet not only Cory Doctorow, but everybody who has praised this book and everybody who has nominated it for major awards, apparently think this plot twist is plausible enough to not even be remarked on. This is not merely slanderous and libelous. This is not merely treasonous. This is not merely paranoiac psychotic thinking: this is stupidity on a monumental and brain-hurting scale. I can count on the thumbs of both hands all of the "liberals" I've ever met who believe that any of this is even possible, let alone proven true, and all of them have a long history with mental health professionals dating back to before 9/11. I find it irresponsible and disgusting to think that anybody but a paranoid or a schizophrenic praised this book to even one other person, let alone reviewed it favorably in newspaper after newspaper and nominated it for half a dozen awards.
I weep for my country.
Next: On the other hand, one of the books that was recommended to me as a fantastic book was actually under-rated. That book, when I get around to writing again.