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In Real Life
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Schnoebs
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3.5⭐️

This is a cute graphic novel which looks into the world of gaming, anti bullying, feminism and cultural diversity and struggles. I think this is a wonderful read for teenagers who enjoy the nerdy side of things while teaching them a lesson about safety online and standing up for what you believe in.

#graphicnovel #library #gaming #videogames #diversity #feminism #mpls #twincities

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phatsallylee
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Meaw_catlady
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Pickpick

This adorable graphic novel mixes gaming with economics. Gaming is a way to leave reality but reality still follows us. It‘s how we treat others in the game and IRL that makes us who we are. Adorable art. Great concept. Well done .

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danimgill
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Mehso-so

The art in this graphic novel about a teen gamer who learns about the economic hardships of people who are paid to be gold farmers in-game was really good, but the plot was a little overly simplistic.

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Krisjericho
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The main characters are girls into online gaming, so that‘s cool, but what I really liked is the message about economics, of all things. It is also a great intro to things not always being an easy divide between black and white, right and wrong. There are always shades of gray. Cute art, too.

kgriffith Nice! 6mo
Trashcanman Fear and panic in the air. 6mo
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ElizaMarie
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
Mehso-so

So I really liked the beginning of it and all. But once the actual story finished they had more “gaming” type of side stories that I found kinda consuming and boring .. (maybe because I‘m not a gamer)

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ElizaMarie
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ElizaMarie
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I just want to lay on the couch and look at pretty pics

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LeticiaToraci
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This was an interesting graphic novel about games and reality.

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howlinglibraries
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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I‘m cohosting a readathon called Short-a-thon and it started 42 minutes ago, so expect lots of graphic novel, manga, novella, and short story reviews between now and the 31st, when the readathon ends!

If you want to join us, there‘s info pinned to my blog‘s home page (link in my Litsy bio) or you can look up #shortathon18 or @ shortathon on twitter!

RainyDayReading I‘ve been reading Giant Days the last couple of days! Really fun so far. 12mo
howlinglibraries @RainyDayReading Oh, good! I‘m hoping to read those tomorrow! 12mo
RainyDayReading @howlinglibraries I hope you enjoy them! 12mo
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CraftyBookNerd1
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Mehso-so

This book was ok, but wasn‘t my favorite. I did, however, learn more about economics and the gaming world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheReadingMermaid
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Tera0707 Same! 1y
Stacypatrice Me three!!! Don‘t want to return to work from my break 😣 1y
Jennifer3 Me four!!! 1y
Eggs I'm there!!! 1y
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guinsgirlreads
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Pickpick

Nice, quick read so that I feel like I accomplished something today 😚😆

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guinsgirlreads
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Taking a break from housework for this one ☝🏻 #amreading

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Weaponxgirl
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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This would be great for younger readers, with the idea of what you think is obviously right and fair can be more complicated in real life. The artwork is wonderful too and conveys the story well.
A big ole thumbs up from me #readharder2018

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phatsallylee
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At the half way point and two books complete. I had to start getting some caffeine in me if i want to make another 12 hours! #deweys24hourreadathon #readathonhourlyphoto #readathon #catsoflitsy #midpointupdate #snacktime @DeweysReadathon

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phatsallylee
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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I think these two like readathons because they can treat me like their human pillow all day! #deweys24hourreadathon #readathonhourlyphoto #readathon #hour10 #catsoflitsy #readathonbuddies @DeweysReadathon

Bookzombie So cute! 2y
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phatsallylee
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Switching gears with my next book. I picked this one after reading an article on bookriot. #deweys24hourreadathon #readathonhourlyphoto #readathon #comicscomicscomics #hour9 @DeweysReadathon

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SkeletonKey
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Pickpick

Quick follow up read by the same artist as The Prince and the Dressmaker. Didn‘t enjoy this one as much, but still good!

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Jokila
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kittystardust
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Workers' Rights 101. Interesting. After the year we've had it felt like foreshadowing (as Doctorow seems too good at). Curious to see what the future holds for kids and the internet.

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Kallik93
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While the economic side that this book brings up is way more complicated than can be really truly portrayed in a graphic novel like this, it brings it to the readers attention, which I think is really important. Anda gains so much confidence in herself and also learns to stick up for herself and others. Loved it! Also, #jenwang handles the art so well :D

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Sio
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I wasn‘t expecting such an interesting and political read! The art is beautiful! And the story was really thought provoking.

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Panpan

The good: a great feminist message about women and girls in gaming, the art is stunning.

The bad: Uh, everything else. This is a topic worth exploring, but doing so in 200 pages from the perspective of a privileged American who saves the poor Chinese teen is gross. Also hooray ableism. So, no thanks to this one.

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callielafleur
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This was adorable. Definitely YA, with a happy, tidy ending. Sometimes that is exactly what I need!

JillPill I just read this late last year and loved it! 2y
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ardismargrethe
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A cartoon about a young girl discovering a new world inside videogames, making new friends and exploring what this new world has to offer

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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Can't decide what I'm in the mood to read next, so picking two very different slim reads. #Ojibwe #poetry #LouiseErdrich #gaming #graphicnovel #CoryDoctorow #JenWang

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ThatOneLibrarian
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This was on my list for so long and I‘m glad I finally pulled it to the top. Absolutely loved everything about this book.

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GondorGirl
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When I picked up this graphic novel about a gamer girl who befriends a gold farmer I didn't really realize I'd be getting a lesson in behavioral economics, but that's precisely what happened.

The artwork was really charming, the story was both interesting and important, and I would certainly call it a must-read for comic lovers, gamers, women... pretty much any human being.

P.S. Look at the cute bookmark @blkzero1 got me! I love sloths!

Lacythebookworm Love the bookmark! 😍 2y
TricksyTails Adorable bookmark!! ♥️ (edited) 2y
Kshakal Sloths!!!! 💖💖💖💖💖 2y
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ericarobynreads
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This graphic novel is SO cute! I highly recommend it if you‘re a fan of gaming related content!

Check out my full review here: http://www.ericarobynreads.com/2017/11/graphic-novel-review-in-real-life.html

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AnniesJournals
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Schlinkles
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Checked another book club book off the list, so now I get to read something I want to read.

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Zonenmaan
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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CaroPi
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I really like this graphic novel. Was interesting to see how the difference between real life and gaming can be blurry. My only complaint is that is too short

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CaroPi
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Is crazy hot today so I decided that I will just lay and enjoy my new #graphicnovel that got in #summersantagoespostal

LibrarianRyan Loved that book. 2y
litmuggle I love your bedding 2y
CaroPi @LibrarianRyan It was a great read! @litmuggle Thanks a lot! Is a national brand that does amazing bedding. Next time I take pictures of my bedding will be with my favorite one.... 2y
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Timidmagick
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Mehso-so

Did she really not know what it's like in China? I thought when she suggested union action the guy was going to end up in a government reeducation centre.

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Readage
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• Late nite reading 📖 ☕️🌜Have you read it? •

#latenitereading #coffee #graphicnovel #illustrated

Bookzombie I have! I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure I would since I'm not a gamer, but there is more to it than that. 3y
Readage @Bookzombie Glad you enjoyed it! I'm not a gamer either but I think it's going to go deeper than that! I like it so far 👍🏼 3y
Chelsibno I read it last year and really enjoyed it. I really liked the issue it tackled, since I don't see many YA or graphic novel titles focusing on this issue. I hope you're enjoying it! 3y
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ChasingOm I loved this one! 3y
Readage @Chelsibno Yes, it's good so far! 3y
Readage @ChasingOm Awesome!!! 3y
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AmandaFields
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Hi Littens 😸 I haven't been on Litsy at all this month between a book slump, a bad cold, and work, but I'm ready to jump back in. I was at a conference for youth librarians today, and Cory Doctorow gave an amazing keynote speech. His books jumped to the top of my TBR, and he signed this copy of In Real Life for me! Anyone have a suggestion for which book of his I should read next?

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Bookish.Heart
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Mehso-so

Addresses the economic impact of online gaming. I admire the authors for tackling this subject in a graphic novel but for me, it just felt overly simplistic. It was too rushed and I think this would've made a better novel. I admired Anda's earnestness and I would recommend it for teens definitely, but otherwise I'd pass

geodynamical "economic impact of gaming" Hmm ? Can you expound? 3y
Bookish.Heart Well, the example in this one was a "gold farmer" in the game from China. Gold farming isn't allowed in the game and the main character, Anda, is initially really against them, even "killing" them in the game. But she comes to know one of the farmers... 3y
Bookish.Heart And learns that the gold he farms in-game is sold online for real cash, that's how he survives. So it opens her eyes to other ways of living. 3y
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Bookish.Heart @geodynamical I think this is a decent book for teens to get them thinking about subjects like that. But I thought really oversimplified a complicated subject. These situations in real life are never so black and white and are never so easily fixed 3y
geodynamical @Bookish.Heart wow thank you. Okay, yeah. I have heard about people selling acquired game currency for real money. I once sold an entire game character for $20. It was a high level vampire in a text-based RPG. 😊 3y
Bookish.Heart @geodynamical I had a few friends sell their characters on various games too. I might have done it as well but none of my characters were awesome enough to be worth anything 😝 3y
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OceanCityMama
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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I finished the #24in48 readathon and completed all 24 hours! ✊🏼💥🤣 Its the first time I've actually managed it. I totally went off tbr and picked up books that I hadn't planned on, but I had to go with the flow and I'm so happy that I did. Thanks for sticking it out with me, #Littens! For more on my readathon check out my Insta, http://Instagram.com/OceanCityBooks I updated over there as well. ⏰📚✊🏼

MrBook Congratulations 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻!!!! 3y
GlitteryOtters Yayayayayay!!!! 👏👏👍👍🎉✨📚✨🎊⭐️ 3y
Kristy_K Congrats! 3y
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Simona Congrats 🎉🎊🎈🍾 3y
Eyelit Fantastic! 👏📚🎉 3y
TrishB Well done 🎉😀 3y
Varshitha Great job👏🏻👏🏻 3y
CoffeeAndABook Wow!!!! Well done! 🤘🤘🤘 3y
DebinHawaii Awesome! You rocked it!! 🎉📚👍 3y
theshrinkette Woohoo! 3y
moranadatter Congrats!🎉 3y
asiriusreader Yay!! 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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OceanCityMama
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Getting this party started! #24in48

[DELETED] 1409720085 This one looks fun! 3y
CynCruz23 This looks awesome! Stacked 📚 3y
MatildaBaggins This one looks really good! 3y
kathyellendavis Really liked this one too! 3y
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8little_paws
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and the second half! had to get crafty with how to post the picture given how Litsy crops. #brlive #irlitsy

BookishFeminist 😂 a good problem to have that all of us couldn't fit in the picture when cropped. 3y
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8little_paws
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ok here's the first half of the picture.....#brlive #irlitsy

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jdtchicago
In Real Life | Cory Doctorow

Most of the people you see going to work today are LARPing (live-action role playing) an incredibly boring RPG (role-playing game) called "professionalism" that requires them to alter their vocabulary, posture, eating habits, facial expressions--every detail all the way down to what they allow themselves to find funny.

JanuarieTimewalker13 So true!! I did it whilst working in banking...my normal personality is playful, but I had to be serious and stiff. Sometimes I took the role on so well, I forgot who I was until with my friends...that was a long time ago. I'm not sure what I'd be like now. Sorry, I had to use whilst bc I love that word!! I want it adopted into American lingo!! Lol 3y
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Bookzombie
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#octphotochallenge Day 13 I wasn't sure I would enjoy this graphic novel about gaming when I picked it up, but I absolutely did. #gaminginthelitworld

LibrarianRyan I liked it as well. I thought it did a good job of explaining the "dark" side of gaming. 3y
Gezemice That is a great picture! Looks like a fun one! 3y
josie281 Added to stack! 3y
gibblr It wasn't really my kind of book either, but I liked it as well. 3y
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Added this to my stack thanks to a post by @Blair_Reads so how could I refuse when @WanderingBookaneer lent it to me? Super quick read with a cute message that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. Loved the illustrations!

Blair_Reads Yay! Glad you enjoyed it :) 3y
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This is just the introduction, but I like it already!

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Blair_Reads
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Not what I was expecting but a good read!

gibblr Have you read any of his novels? I loved Little Brother and Homeland has been on my TBR for awhile. This one looks like fun! 3y
Blair_Reads @gibblr I have not. After reading this though I'll check them out! 3y
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