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  1. Holy amazing kid. I have a 13 year old, and I hope he has a similar response. Well done on the inspiration, Cory, we need more leaders.

    Comment by Ted — February 11, 2013 @ 5:39 am

  2. This is a great email. I’m quite amazed that a 14 year old writes so well. And it’s cool that he was so inspired, especially to investigate the politics surrounding our freedoms as they relate technology. It’s a tough subject to tackle, but clearly the use of storytelling is a great way to teach and inspire. Congrats!

    Comment by Monica Leonelle — February 13, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  3. I read somewhere that one author at least preferred not to hear “I loved your book” but instead wanted to hear what worked and what didn’t.
    I somehow managed not to hear about “Little Brother” until a month ago or so. I checked it out of the public library and eye-shredded it over a weekend. Then I checked “Pirate Cinema” out and gave it the same treatment. Now I have ordered my own copies of those two and “Homeland.”
    I am not really in your target demographic, as I am older than you and have a techie job, so neither the tech nor the politics in the book came as a shock. I admire the way you were able to combine terrific stories with some useful technical knowledge transfer and political propaganda. It certainly worked for me, but I was an easy target. I wonder if someone who hasn’t been paying attention lately might find the politics too heavy-handed, the villains too moustache-twirling. I am tempted to buy copies of your books for everyone I know, but will it ring true to my mom? Or even to my nephews?
    I’d have appreciated a few notes at the end of “Pirate Cinema” to help me figure out what’s real, what’s really close to being real, and what was totally made up with regard to British IP law, prosecutions, and kicking people off the net.
    Although I used to lurk on the cypherpunk email list in the 90s, my tech/privacy/security/anti-censorship activism has been lagging for a while. Your books are a big part of the reason I feel reinvigorated. The crypto party is having an AFK event in my town this Saturday, I plan to attend and try to get things moving again.

    Comment by Dave — February 14, 2013 @ 12:56 am

  4. Thank you, Dave!

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — February 14, 2013 @ 1:39 am

  5. Thanks, Monica! I’m really pleased by it too.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — February 14, 2013 @ 1:40 am

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