[Book review] For the win – Cory Doctorow

For those who went by my book recommendation of Ready Player One, you would know that Cory Doctorow was mentioned in the novel. So here I am, reading a book by Cory Doctorow!


For the Win is one of those multiple pov books that can be terrible when executed terribly. Lucky for Doctorow, this one was done pretty well. The characters are distinct enough that you can figure it out.

The overarching plot is that people in eastern countries are subjected to terrible working conditions and we have someone named Big Sister Nor who wants to unite all unions to stick up for each other rather than each union only being responsible for their own sectors. The multiple povs are of different people working as gold farmers in different countries but treated equally as terrible and viewed as expendable by their bosses. We also have a Jewish high school kid who is a Sinophile who obviously, comes to the aid of his guild mates in China. And we have the pov of a person who actually works behind the scenes in these games.

Doctorow weaves a complicated but eye-opening story on video games, gold farming, and the economy. Seriously, it’s like Investorpedia using game terms with all the explanation of in-game economics that’s actually incorporated in the novel!

I highly recommend this book to people who like MMORPGs or want a book that will make you cry. We always hear about sweatshops and we all bleed our hearts for them BUT without putting a name or face to it, it’s still something that happens in a distant country. This novel (although fictional in its accounts), gives you that personal connection with the people on the other side: the woman who made your Nike shoes, the one who laboriously painted that replica painting you have, etc.

3/5 // Cross-posted on my book review blog: She Reads (anndreachan.com)

Greg's ice cream

Last Sunday, Mr.S and I decided to take a stroll to the Distillery District.

The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The 13-acre (52,000 sq. m) district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. [wiki]

We stumbled upon a wonderful little ice cream store called Greg’s ice cream. We got in a man sitting with another lady greeted us. I figured he had some sort of tie to the store.

Anyway, I went my merry way to check out the prices and the different flavours.

You can get it in a cup or cones or you can get a tub to bring home. Plus you can add some toppings too. What makes this place different from Marble Slab or other ice cream places is that the ice cream is home made in the back!!

They have lots of interesting flavours and you can totally test them out, like in Baskin Robbins. I chose Sweet Cream.

This is delicious! Sweet cream is like vanilla but sweeter.

While I was taking pictures, the man who greeted us at the beginning approached us. Turns out he’s Greg, the owner!! He was very nice and friendly. He asked me about my blog and told us a little bit about his store. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with him but maybe next time.

They also have another location on Bloor St.

If you ever get a chance to visit either location, you should definitely pop in and try a scoop! It’s very delicious and creamy, plus you know that it’s all-natural.


Greg’s Ice cream

Lastly I leave you with a picture of Mr.S and I.

What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream and brand?
(I may have asked the flavour question before but not the brand – do you prefer baskin robbins or ben and jerry’s ?)

Also, don’t forget that I’m having a giveaway over here.