The Invisible Man

I just thought of something funny while typing that subject, I could have put “The Invisible Post” and added a whole lot of whitespace, but something tells me not many would have understood, nor appreciated my keen sense of humour…  (yeah, with a u, I’m canadian, so sue me! 😛 )

Now I’ve begun reading The Invisible Man, mostly based on the fact that I could read it for free with my kindle app, but also because I’ve always been curious of the origin of the story after having seen one or two movies on the subject.  And you’ve got to admit, Harry Potter has added a bit of lore the the idea of invisibility lately as well.

The movies invariable start with the making of the invisible man, that is, it starts with a visible man, with house home and family, then goes through becoming invisible, and either ending up with a newly visible man, or happy man in his invisibility.  The book starts with the invisible man, trying to pass himself off as any other man trudging along his daily life, only he’s trying to get his life back, without having to reveal his “transparent” secret.

Which makes things interesting, folks start to assume that the dark shrouded figure must have experience some horrible accident, which of course he has, and people start by feeling sad and sorry for what they assume is a horribly disfigured man underneath the bandages hiding his invisibility.

Somehow, I thing starting the movies off on the same foot would have made for a more enjoyable flick, but that’s just me.  The book is extremely well written, but then again I may be biased as I’m having such fun reading it.  Also, H.G. Wells is no schlep when it comes to literary works.

I have to admit, I”m only 1/2 way through the book,but so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying the reading of it.

Other things to read, the newspaper, been spending a good deal of time, all summer in fact, trying to find out about the state of our roads, and the intrepid reporters of The Montreal Gazette and La Presse have done a good job keeping their readers informed of the things the government hasn’t exactly been keeping us informed of…  I have not but praise for both papers, whose persistence has allowed us all to know a little bit more than we may have wanted to know, but at the same time, we have a better feel,and can apply more pressure, about our roads and city infrastructure.  Reading is good, and we can take pleasure in informative news articles as well as popular fiction.

Kindle tablet? Should I wait an extra month?

Kindle is apparently coming out with a tablet, something that will be able to challange, some say with success, the Apple iPad.  I’m not so sure, but I do know that the Kindle is the one to beat when it comes to e-readers, nothing else is quite as good or anywhere near as dominant in the field.

But I’ve been considering getting a kindle since last November, since I saw the nice one my brother in law has at Thanksgiving.  And the pages looked like pages.  It made it really easy for me to start my journey towards electronic reading.  And it was that, as well as the Kindle app on my phone that really got me interested in e-books in the first place.  To be anywhere in the world, and have a library of books to choose from.  With a Kindle 3G, I would have my very own bookstore in my hands, anywhere I roam, without having to pay roaming charges, or any charges for the 3G download service!  This is very convincing.  I am very convinced.  I will get a Kindle, but will it be an e-reader, or will it be a Kindle Tablet?  This, I’m not so sure about.

Reading on my cell phone does depend on the environment, too bright, and, like the iPad, it’s impossible to see the text, without a shroud covering you and your electronic device.  The Kindle dedicated e-reader, however, works just fine.  Point one for the Kindle e-reader.  Now, the new Kindle Tablet, will it have the same sort of visibility problems as the iPad?  Frankly we just don’t know.  For now, I can say that reading Kindle books on my phone is easier than reading Kobo books on my phone, as the kindle app has a nicer looking color palette, black on beige, kinda like a real book; kobo is black on white, and can be tiresome on the eyes.

So I read on my kindle app, more often than I would have first thought.  This past week I finished “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and I must say it was a compelling book, although in some sections, the language was a bit stilted, but that’s only because of the “growth” of the english language since it was written.  I enjoyed it, but again, was not surprised by the ending.  More and more, it becomes harder and harder for me to find any peice of litereature, or common trash novels, where the ending isn’t predictable.  Maybe it’s the large number of books I’ve already read, I don’t know.  I know they made a movie recently based on the book, and even though I never saw the movie, I could vividly picture all the characters, almost to their minutest details.  It was a good book, and one I encourage folks to go out and read, even if they get it for free like I did.

This week, I’ll be reading “The Invisible Man” from which numerous movies have been spawned, and sequels to these movies even.  I’m hoping I enjoy it as much as the other free reads I’ve downloaded, but we’ll see.  I’ll also be buying my first e-book, “UR” from Stephen King.

You may all know that I’m a rather large fan of Mr. King, currently have approx 90-95% of his books in Hardcover in my library, including a few select first run editions.  Although I cannot afford some of the more impressive editions that he has come out with in recent years, I’d love to get my hands on them.  One day, when my ship comes in. 🙂

I decided to purchase “UR” after actually finding a steal on Amazon for his next book coming out in November, “11/22/63.”  Most older folks will recognize the date that JKF was assassinated, while thost younger ones will have to look it up for themselves.  I’ve not even read the synopsis, cause I want to read it straight through.  I have tried hard not to read synopses of books when the author is someone I know and love.  That’s for “fishing” expeditions when I can’t find anything by an author I like, or I happen by the discount book table.  I bought (or pre-bought) “11/22/63” when I noticed that the pre-order price was 20$ less than the release price.

Where have I been all these years!  Had I known about these pre-order prices in the past, I’d have saved myself a small fortune!  Methinks I need to keep my eye on Amazon much more often.

Until next week, read on your easy chair, read on your boat, read anywhere, but just go! Read!

Hopelessly Addicted

I love to read, and even when I’m reading, I tend to find something else I want to read, which can put one in a bit of a backlog.  This past week I was away on vacation, whether or not it was a deserved vacation is a completely different story.  But while away, I had a lot of time to read a book or 3.

Last time I spoke to you all, I was talking about my Kobo and Kindle applications and the books I was supposed to be reading on them.  Currently loaded on the Kindle is “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and just finised on the Kobo is “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.  Two very fine books

As I just finished “Brave New World,” I must say it’s a pretty interesting view of the future, and a friend of mine said he found it to be more realistic a depiction than George Orwell’s “1984.”  I disagree.  I find both to have certain merits, and moreso based on the times they were written in, but both tend to look at the world from a very region-centric perspective.  Both are British novels, they both refer to the UK as the world power.  There was a time when this was true, but at the moment, it’s not quite so, and even those Americans who claim that theirs is the “true world power” may be deluding themselves.  Right at present the only truly powerful world power is China, no matter how much you may dislike this, it’s true.  Of course there’s a lot we don’t know about China, so we tend to be seeing only what they want us to see.  But that is probably why I feel Orwell’s 1984 is more realistic.  If China continues on it’s path, it may well become the global influencer, and as it’s got a whole lot of control over it’s populace, it may be considered Orwellian.  Be that as it may, the UK still persists in it’s CCTV’s to keep an eye on everything, but tends to miss out on some things as well.

What I do like about “Brave New World” is it’s focus on what people want, and in that respect, it’s pretty darn accurate, we all want to be happy, and breeding a world of happy people could very well be possible, although we’d never understand what we’ve done until it was too late, and then we’d find ourselves amazed at what an individual could do, were he pushed hard enough.  The ‘Savage’ is who we are, even though we don’t always act on our desires, they’re what truly motivates us, and it’s society that is slowly trying to influence us to accept what they deem best for us, for us to conform.  Which isn’t always good.  🙂

During my vacation, I also picked up a couple of paperbacks too.  I finished both “Spider Bones” by Kathy Reichs and “Templar Salvation” by Richard Khoury.  I enjoyed both, but not necessarily equally.

For those who know Kathy Reichs, she’s a Forensic Anthropologist who works for the crime labs in Montreal, Québec and Charlotte, North Dakota.  She written novels based on her knowledge, and experiences.  The first novel was “Deja Dead” and was based in Montreal.  I was immediately intrigued as I knew most of the locations mentioned in the book, and haven’t stopped them since that first one.  Now “Spider Bones” is the 13th novel, and I’m believing that 13 wasn’t her lucky number.  It’s the shortest book of the lot, and seems to be a bit less “filling” than the rest.  It may be that her time is more taken up by the television series based on a younger Temperance Brennan (“Bones” on Fox,) but this book was the least enjoyable of her collection.  And yes, I do have them all.  The characters of the book are known to her readers, but they seemed somewhat lifeless for the most part and kinda left me flat.  I hate to say anything bad about any book, because of my addiction to reading, but I’m hoping her next book, “Flash and Bones” will be a redemption for me.

“Templar Salvation” is the sequal to “The Last Templar” and features the same main characters on the pursuit of lost Templar treasure, which as in the first book, is irrevocably lost to the Mediterranean sea, or is it?

I really enjoyed “The Last Templar,” it was a fun read and had a lot of interesting twists and turns.  It came out around the time that “The DaVinci Code” came out, and is sometimes compared to that novel, but although both seem to deal with Templarism in some respects, they are quite different stories.  And “Templar Salvation” tells us the tale of the supposed treasure trove of ‘codices’ that would put the Templars back on the top as a band of Warrior Monks.  Unfortunately for me, the reach seemed a little far to really catch on two.  Where “The Last Templar” linked it’s clues together well with good deduction and path following, “Templar Salvation” used a few too many “leaps of faith” for me.  It was still a good book, but not as good as the first.  And the closing bit just seems a bit to happy to suit the end of the last novel.

Sorry for taking so much of your time, hopefully next week I’ll have finished “The Scarlet Letter” and I’ll let you know what I think.

Better late than never, right?

Ok, it’s August, and I’ve not posted anything since, what January?  I’m not evil, just easily distracted.

I have been reading, as a matter of fact, I’ve been reading a lot, and in more forms than before.  Yeah, I have books, and kindle on the Nexus One, but I’ve also got the lovely internet and Magazines and the newspaper.  Yeah, I”m back to actually reading the daily news on black and white paper that smudges all over your fingers.  Shouldn’t they have fixed that by now?

Books, both e and not, have been read by the bucket load, I’ll list a few and see if you’ve even heard of them.  Should I separate the books by type?  Ah whatever.

I re-read the Baseball story “Ballpark Blues,” that C.W. Tooke wrote, and was disappointed that he didn’t write anything else.  I did a quick search for him online and apparently he’s a journalist who only wrote the one novel.  I’m hoping he still has some more words to write, because I found the novel quite entertaining.  I’ve read it twice, and that’s always a good thing…  But then again, I read a lot of books twice.

There was also a number of books found on the discount table at Indigo that I particularly enjoyed.  I try to look there for books to try that I might not want to take a chance on spending 10-15$ on normally.  Getting 3 books for 10$ can’t be a bad idea, and the books purchased lately were “Devil’s In Exile” by Chuck Hogan, as well as a William Shatner penned novel about Kirk and Spock in their early days called “Star Trek Academy : Collision Course.”  The Shatner novel may have been actually penned by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, they’re credited as “Collaborators”.

Other books found and read over the past few months include a few classics that were free downloads on the Kindle App on my cellphone, including “Treasure Island,” “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and most recently, “The Scarlet Letter.”  All of these stories are good, but take a bit of getting used to if you’ve been reading contemporary fiction.  The language has either evolved, or devolved, since they’ve been written.  I’ve also got a Kobo App, cause I want all the free books I can get my hands on, and have downloaded and read, including some Star Wars novellas which I found to be very good reads!

One thing I found by accident was a science fiction piece called “His Robot Girlfriend.”  I was surprised to find out later that it was considered an “Adult” read, but even if it does have a few suggestive passages, it’s still a pretty good find for a free book.  And it got me interested in other works that may have been written by this author, Wesley Allison.  I now have to see if I can find other works, and make sure I don’t get surprised by something a little more adult in nature.

Finally, my guilty pleasure read of the past month has been “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl who Played with Fire,” both by Stieg Larsson.  I’ve not yet read the third part of the Millennium Trilogy, “The Girl who Kicked a Hornets Nest” but plan on doing so just as soon as the paperback version is released.  Yes, I know some of you have suggested that I should just go out and buy the hardcover version, but I”ll wait, keep the set all looking similar.  🙂

These are fantastic books!  I loved reading them, and had a few sleepless nights trying to put the books down.  They were my favorite reads of the summer, and it looks like I may be reading them again while waiting for the next one to come out.  The other bit of news/rumour I heard recently was that a fourth novel would be coming out, being finished by the late authors girlfriend.  I’ll keep an ear to the ground to find out more about that one.

On a final note, I’d love to hear something from someone on whether to keep the apps on the phone, or to go get a proper e-reader, and if I get an e-reader, which one?  The three contenders, as far as I’m concerned, are Kindle, Nook and Kobo.  Next week will see me get into a little more detail about the Millennium novels, and maybe have a new kindle find to report on.