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by Cory Doctorow

Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 0007352018
ISBN13: 978-0007352012
Language: English
Publisher: TOR; 1st edition (2010)
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For the Win. Also by cory doctorow. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. A tom doherty associates book.

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Cory Doctorow’s dystopian novel For the Win tells the story of the exploitation of an online role playing game’s economy. I think I'm done with Cory's books for life unless he pulls out something significantly different in the future

Cory Doctorow’s dystopian novel For the Win tells the story of the exploitation of an online role playing game’s economy. In the running of what could be classed as electronic sweatshops throughout Asia, gold farmers suffer from very poor work conditions in the effort to mine gold and find virtual treasure to sell to first world customers. I think I'm done with Cory's books for life unless he pulls out something significantly different in the future. Don't get me wrong, I sympathize with the gold farmers and I deplore the exploitation that occurs, but I read For the Win hoping he would describe a solution (as he did in Little Brother). I was at least all right with the way Makers ended.

For the Win is a book about economics (a subject that suddenly got a lot more relevant about halfway through the writing .

For the Win is a book about economics (a subject that suddenly got a lot more relevant about halfway through the writing of this book, when the world's economy slid unceremoniously into the toilet and got stuck there), justice, politics, games and labor. For the Win connects the dots between the way we shop, the way we organize, and the way we play, and why some people are rich, some are poor, and how we seemed to get stuck there.

He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. Cory Doctorow gave us only the Idea, not the Character, in For the Win. I thoroughly enjoyed For the Win. The idea kept me reading late into the night. The idea is compassion.

But a group of teenagers from across the world are set to fight this injustice using the most surprising of tools - their online video games.

Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.

Cory Doctorow For the Win. Close book. INTRODUCTION For the Win is my second young adult novel, and, like my 2008 book Little Brother, it is meant to do more than tell a story. For the Win is a book about economics (a subject that suddenly got a lot more relevant about halfway through the writing of this book, when the world's economy slid unceremoniously into the toilet and got stuck there), justice, politics, games and labor.

For The Win by Cory Doctorow. Love hearing the tale but can’t wait to find out more about Wei-dong, General Robotwalla, or Big Sister Nor? Then head on over to Craphound. Thank you Cory Doctorow for allowing us to do this production. Recorded with permission. net Serial Fiction production.

The last time, there was a light on the other side. It was easy to find," she said, her voice near panic. He heard the unmistakable sound of the police entering the utility closet behind them, then. So Wei-Dong found himself squirming over Jie's bare calves, tearing his jeans on one of the low pipes as he did so. He patted the wall blindly, feeling around. Away from the small red light, it was pitch black, disorienting, frightening

Cory Doctorow FTW book tour at B&N Cary, NC Reading from his new YA book "For the Win", answering questions and signing books.

Cory Doctorow FTW book tour at B&N Cary, NC Reading from his new YA book "For the Win", answering questions and signing books. Опубликовано: 4 июн. 2010 г. Cory Doctorow FTW book tour at B&N Cary, NC Reading from his new YA book "For the Win", answering questions and signing books.

Comments to eBook For the Win
Milleynti
Doctorow shoots for the moon and falls short, but he is still left with an engaging and interesting story. There is simply too much going on to keep it all together over 460? pages across 3 countries with 4 sets of characters that expand in size over time. It understandably has issues with repetition, exposition and pacing. There are plot holes and stretches of the imagination that ramp up as the story comes to a head. At the end of it all I enjoyed the story and it made me think. Those are two of the most important things I look for in a book.

What holds it together is a mountain of research that comes through in the author’s respectable command of a wealth of complex topics. He explored exotic locales, economic theory, gaming culture and business management without losing me. A laudable effort considering that I am an MBA that has worked in the gaming industry for 10 years. I assume that labor economists would be less kind because that seems like the weakest link in the book. It also seems odd to go so deep into labor economics without bringing in more politics.

In a way this book shares a lot in common with the gaming industry. Games are so complex and have become so big that they all have flaws. Winning in the market comes down to two things. Is it interesting enough to stand out from the crowd and are the mistakes/flaws small enough to now take away from the overall experience. Taking the comparison the the extreme I would say For the Win is Assassin’s Creed.
Jothris
Someday I would like to meet the author, just to bow and thank him for providing me so many hours of sheer reading pleasure. Once I started this book, as I went about my days I would find myself wondering what was happening to the characters in the book -- as if they had a real-life existence and the book was just my peephole into their lives.

Recommended to Doctorow fans, Scalzi fans, lovers of near-future science fiction, and any gamers that have ever called in "sick" because they wanted to finish Just One More Quest.
Ausstan
I enjoyed this far more than I expected to, and not entirely because of the timing with my new union employment.
Berkohi
I am rereading this book now. I am not a gamer, but this book really caused me to think of video gaming as more than a wasteful pastime. The plight of the gold miners and workers in underdeveloped countries was one that I was aware of, but the well developed characters and exciting events gave them an unforgettable face. While Wei Dong starts off as a self centered bratty kid, he is a good representation of your average person who becomes interested and involved in others, even at great peril and cost to himself.
Tall
Young, poor Asian gaming workers from Mumbai ghettos and failed Chinese industrial cities take on Indian gangsters and brutal Chinese police with the help of home grown labor organizers. Pretty classic stuff. Also from my Free Market Capitalism perspective it rings true.
Maybe I should say I love it!
Nikobar
Some reviewers are accurate in saying this novel does not explore character development. That is a valid complaint. It is the complaint most often lodged against sci-fi including greats like H.G. Wells, Jack Vance, etc. Many literary critics, however, have pointed out that a Novel of Ideas has a different purpose than a Novel of Characters and should be judged by its intention.

Why write a Novel of Ideas when you could just write nonfiction essays, one commenter said. The reason is that we identify with the characters when written as fiction and the ideas permeate us more fully.

The best kind of novel would have the ideas, and the characters would also develop, like H.G. Wells Ann Veronica, or Jack Vance's character Wayness Tamm in the Araminta Station trilogy. But among the fifty-ish novels each of those two authors gave us, only one or two stand out as having the Character AND the Idea. Perhaps it is difficult to do both, and rare. Cory Doctorow gave us only the Idea, not the Character, in For the Win.

I thoroughly enjoyed For the Win. The idea kept me reading late into the night. I'd like to give the rest of this review to the Idea that Doctorow gave us in this book. The idea is compassion. It is not just a political stance, which could easily be catagorized as Liberal, with the value of Unions for exploited workers. But there are many scenes beginning about a third of the way through the book, and continuing through the end, that give an unconditionally compassionate perspective. For example, on p 179, the enlightened character Ashok says:

"You can talk all you want about 'Indian workers,' but until you find solidarity with all workers, you'll never be able to protect your precious Indian workers."

This is a perspective that does not (yet) belong to the Left or to the Right. What I want, I wish for others, even my competitors in other counteries, is a version of the Golden Rule, that has been around since Confucious and Leviticus and later Jesus. This is the Idea in For the Win. And I feel this Idea alone is worth five stars, and worth encouraging many people to read.

I am forty eight, and I bought a copy for my 22 year old daughter. She has struggled with optimism about the direction the world is going. If more people would read books like this, perhaps the enthusiasm of human solidarity would spread. That is the purpose of a Novel of Ideas. And if the people of the Writer's generation dismiss the Idea as something that will never happen, perhaps it will be the following generation, or 2000 years later that people still reading will say, "you know, I think he was right and let's do this Idea now."

For these reasons I feel this novel fits into the category of Wells' "Novel of Ideas," and this is an Idea worth supporting.
Gri
Not a bad book. It felt a little preachy at times. It does seem to be aimed at upper middle class white kids who didn't know that there are poor people in the world, and that gender inequality is a thing. If you are under the illusion that an income $300,000/year is "middle-class" this book is for you.
The funny thing about all the Doctorow books so far is that they tell a great story while simultaneously lecturing you about SO MUCH STUFF, from geopolitics to economics, and you WILL LIKE IT :)