6 journalers for this copy...
Here's another copy on my shelf.
1. Make a quick journal entry when you receive the book so we know it got to you safely.
2. VOLUNTARY - let's see if anyone reads this part! ;) If you're willing, please PM hyphen8 for my address and send me a postcard with some interesting stamps on it for my mom the stamp collector, especially if you're not in the US. (I tried doing a ring with an envelope for the used stamps at the back, but it stalled and I never got any of them, so I thought postcards sent to me might work better.)
3. Read and send on within 1 month - or make a journal entry to let us know how it's going if you need to keep the book longer. Unfortunately sometimes life gets in the way of BookCrossing, but on the other hand, it's a short book so it shouldn't take too long to read.
4. Make a journal entry when you've finished - tell us what you thought!
5. Check back here to make sure the order hasn't changed, then PM the next person in line for an address. Even if you've mailed something to that person before, please double-check their mailing info and make sure they're still interested and able to participate.
6. Use whatever shipping method works best for you; if you're able to use delivery confirmation/tracking that's always nice. Media mail/slow boat is fine.
Current order (subject to change):
*PLEASE* check before sending to the next person!
Back to Firegirl - here!
If you see a known staller on this list please send me a PM.
Note: this second-hand book is starting off with some water damage, but still seems quite readable. If it starts falling apart or anything like that, please let me know.
If you'd like to participate, post in the forum thread and send me a PM with your location and mailing preferences.
The great Minnesota mailing experiment is on again; the last time I mailed two books on the same day to MN, the St. Paul book arrived considerably before the one headed for Minneapolis; wonder which will get there first this time!
I'll count this as a release for Secretariat's 2013 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 4).
Update: looks like the St. Paul book arrived a day earlier than this one, so not too much difference this time. I wonder if the mail goes to a sort facility there before it heads to Minneapolis..
A similar disappointment is that the characters aren't very well developed. Marcus' dad is a nitwit whose only function seems to be making Marcus look more perceptive about what's going on. Charlie is such a complete oaf as to be beyond belief. And the school vice principal who can't figure out that 'w1n5t0n' is pronounced 'Winston?' Puhleeze!
But what I liked very much is the reminder that there's always someone who's happy to take your rights away. And I also liked the implication that surveillance can now be much more effective and ubiquitous than anything George Orwell could have ever dreamed up. That truth stands far above the technical details, and will continue into any future I can see. So to me this book strikes the encouraging note that it's always possible to strike back. And even have some fun along the way!
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I've PMed Firegirl for her address and will keep this moving.
Hyphen8 - feel free to PM me your address and I'll see what I can do in the way of stamps.
I also know lots of LARPers (and have participated in a few myself) as well as plenty of goths and other "misfit" crowds. The author merging several of those subgroups into one was very pleasing to me.
It is a YA book, so there is the inevitable focus on girls, identity, parents, etc. That isn't the main focus of the plot, though, which is a nice change Doctorow works it all in together in an easy to read, fast-paced storyline.
At times I found the whole thing pretty heavy on the "Fight the Man!" and "If you're not worried, you're not paying attention" concepts, but he supports them well. I was afraid the book was going to devolve into conspiracy theory paranoia, but that never happened. Doctorow seems to know what he's talking about and his concerns feel quite valid. Perhaps his future isn't as fictional as we want to believe. It *definitely* highlights the fact that nothing you do onine is secret, something more and more people seem to forget every day.
I'd be interested in more by him, but definitely would need to break it up with other works to avoid collapsing into full-fledged paranoia.
My husband is interested in this and normally I'd just hold on to it for a little while longer to allow him to read it, but he is deep into the Game of Thrones series. Perhaps after Iwillrejoice is finished, if no one else has signed up, it can come back to me so he can read it?
May is shaping up to be a busy month for me, but I'll do my best to move this along as soon as I can.
PM'ing quickheels for an address now.
I enjoyed this book (finished it the other day.) Very up-to-the minute, & I think there's a lot of truth in it.
I'll be wrapping this up tomorrow, to send it on to quickheels. Thanks for sharing!
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