Are you Afraid? Have you been in a Haunted House? Jack Kilborn writes all about it!

Ok, so he doesn’t really go into a Haunted House, but he writes about a group of folks who decide to spend the night there in order to receive a reward of a million dollars!  Who wouldn’t want to tempt fate for a million bucks, I would!  But wait, there’s more to this story than just surviving the night in a haunted house, first you must know it’s past, and all of the atrocities that happened there.  From when slavery was the norm, to the 21st century, the Butler House has passed from one family member to the next.  Each generation having done something to deserve their spot in hell, and each generation dying for what they’ve done, and sometimes killed by the phantoms of the previous generation!

Jack Kilborn is a skilled writer, and keeps you entertained while you sit up all night reading his books.  He writes Thrillers as well as Sci-Fi (under a different name) and also writes intrigue novels (also under a different name).  It must make it hard to keep track of who you are with so many names!  But what he does is write well.  His characters are believable, and easy to relate to.  You feel for his characters, and you identify with one or two of them right from the start.

This book was an amalgamation of many characters from previous books, but it didn’t feel like I was missing anything while I read it.  It didn’t matter to me what happened previously, as it was enough to understand that something did happen previously.  The way these characters are affected by their past definitely had a role in how they reacted to their present, but it wasn’t necessary to know the details.

As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a character or two that I had seen before (in Afraid) which meant I did know something about at least some of the characters.  Whether that made me enjoy the book more or not, I can’t really say, but I do know that when I read Afraid, I was eager to read more from Jack Kilborn, and was pleasantly surprised when Haunted House came out. 🙂

Afraid was the novel I read just before I took a detour with my Odd Thomas and Dan Brown diversions, and it was another good book.  Each of the books I read by Jack Kilborn, so far, have been good reads that entertain me and make me happy, as well as make me feel for those poor folks who find themselves in some pretty dire situations.  Afraid and Haunted House are pretty obviously novels about terror and suspense, and each one handles this a bit differently, and turn around in slightly different ways.  In Afraid, I was not really sure where things were headed, but I have to admit, in Haunted House, I was pretty convinced on what the ending was going to turn out like.

I’m never sure if I’m happy when I guess correctly the ending of a story, or if I’m disappointed.  But one thing for sure, I enjoy the trip along the way!  Next work of fiction to grace my Kindle is “The Amun Chamber” and having already gotten part way through it, I’m definitely feeling an “Indiana Jones” vibe.  This book is written by Daniel Leston, and I’ll tell you more about it when I’m finished.  In the meantime, be sure to keep a good book handy!

Dan Brown on Fire, Odd Thomas, and a bit of Odd Ray

Hello all, I know it’s been more than a week since my last post, and it’s not even Tuesday, but here I am trying to make things right.  I’ve been a little out of it lately, and reading has taken over my life!  Boo hoo hoo, you say, I agree, no excuse.  But here’s something that will light a fire, Dan Brown’s Inferno, a world class book by a world class author.

Inferno revolves around Dante’s Inferno, a well known piece of epic poetry, and how, it seems, anything can be turned to nefarious uses.  Robert Langdon makes a return appearance in this book and does his best to right the wrongs and follow the rabbit hole no matter where it goes.  It’s a good book, and definitely kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning, but sadly, there are a few points that just seemed missing.  The efforts of the author to try to keep you in the dark at times hits a wrong note, and at other times just seems plainly forced.

Don’t get me wrong, the book is still an excellent read, and if you’ve suspended belief long enough, these small items may fly right by you without you ever really noticing.  As always, an entertaining romp through Italy is involved, near death, and all sorts of clues that have to be decoded.  A lot of fun to read!

Before I read Inferno, I read Odd Apocalypse, an Odd Thomas novel by Dean Koontz.  Odd seems to find himself in odd places ever more easily as he travels along the coast of California, and find himself associating with ever incredible people.  This one is a little different, I feel, than the past few novels, and may be a bit of a shock for some readers.  Odd is pretty much the same, and handles things in his usual way, but Odd Apocalypse has some different sort of problems for Odd to figure out, and stretches the imagination is different ways that in the past.  The demons are not so much mythical and fantasy come to reality, but more so as almost aliens from a sci-fi novel, come to visit on Odd’s turf.  True, in the episodic piece Odd Interlude, sci-fi seems to have played a role, but that was supposed to just be a sidebar along the Odd journey.  Now it seems that sci-fi has come to visit, and may not be leaving any time soon.

I’m a big sci-fi lover, and have read my fair share of sci-fi novels, so it’s not impossible for me to believe that these genres of horror, fantasy and sci-fi can intermingle, but I will admit that it was a bit of a surprise to see it featured here.  It works well, and feels almost right, but to me, it was a different story because of it.  Odd still feels like an old friend come to tell you a tale, but it seems now that may be Odd has run out of old tales, and is making up some new ones to keep us entertained.

All in all, two wonderfully distracting books, would I recommend them to anyone else, absolutely, but be forewarned, both of these books are not as good as their predecessors.

The Roswell Conspiracy, and other stories these past weeks.

At the end of last week, I finished reading this fun book written by Boyd Morrison.  Was it a good book?  Heck yeah!  It was as good and fun and entertaining a read as any I’ve read before.  The dialogue was great and it really felt like you were there with a few old friends recounting exploits of days gone by.  It reminded me of the feel of the Dean Koontz “Odd Thomas” books, the ones where you feel right at home and enjoy every minute of the reading.

It offers compelling characters who feel real and you really want to be on their side.  The enemies were as real as the heroes and you felt their pain when they were defeated, in this case, multiple times!

The story was entertaining, and I think that’s the best thing to say about anything you read. I have to admit to having difficulty putting this one down, I wanted to know what was happening to my friends, and where they were going.  I needed to know what was going to happen on the next page, and kept reading even after I promised myself, “only one more chapter.”  Good books do that to you, they keep you reading until 2am, or 3am, or later, as the case may be.

But The Roswell Conspiracy was a freebie, and it’s easy to get excited by a free book, you say.  The challenge with those freebies is to get you to go out and buy the others in the series, or other books by the same author, which I will, Boyd Morrison is now definitely on my “must read” list.  I will be spending my hard earned cash on Tyler Locke 1 & 2 in a very short time.

But first, I have to finish the next book I started reading, which is Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Thriller, Book 1).  This book, written by M.H. Sargent, is a classic spy, good guy vs bad guy thriller, with lots of grey areas in between.  It’s this book that kept me up until 3:30am this morning, even though I had to get up at 8 to help me get my children off to school.  Fortunately for me, my children are fairly independant, and they managed to get off to school without hardly disturbing me. 🙂  I know, I’m spoiled!

MP-5 is a clandestine group within the CIA and in this book they investigate terrorists operating out of Iraq in the current day.  The book feels like it could be something happening right now, with folks on the opposite side of the world, with events that seem as probably as any of a multitude of things that pop up on CNN.  It’s one of those books that draws you in slowly, carefully, until you’re ensnared and keep reading to find out if the world is going to end or not within those 200-300 pages!  But I’m not finished it yet, maybe the world does end, but maybe not.  (ok, probably not, it is Book 1 after all!)

Next on my hit list are actual paper books, yes, Amazon just delivered my Odd Thomas fix today! (remember, I spoke of him earlier, before the doorbell rang with his delivery!)

Odd Thomas is one of my favorite all time Characters, and I’ve learned to love all the books that Dean Koontz writes, from the first of his I read “Tick Tock” to this most recent Odd adventure, “Odd Apocalypse.”  Odd is one of those lovable fellows who also seems to rescue the world from certain doom on an almost daily basis, but he does it without Surface to Air Missiles, AK-47 and snub nosed revolvers.  Only on occasion does he find himself armed with anything more than his quick wit and charm.  So I’m really eager to start Odd Apocalypse, just as soon as I finish Seven Days From Sunday, and with the hours reading it at night, it may be done before the night is over.

Reading is truly an addiction, and the biggest enabler is modern technology

You read it right, reading is an addiction, once you start, you can’t stop.  You crave the written word, and for the longest time, it meant getting out of the house and running down to the corner store at the least, to get the latest piece of fiction added to the wire rack, sandwiched somewhere between the candies and the magazines.  If there wasn’t a new book that piqued your interest, then there was always that amazing stand of magazines, and of course the daily paper.

But now you don’t even have to get out of bed!  You can turn over and grab your multi-function device and download something to read, or even just start surfing the net for the latest articles that suited you.  Amazon came out with their Kindle reader, Apple has it’s ipad, and others have followed in their footsteps to create a market where you can buy any book, magazine or newspaper you want to read at the touch of your fingers.  And sometimes it’s even cheaper than it was at the corner store!

I’ve had my Kindle now for just over a year, and I’ve read the heck out of it, it’s got dings and scratches from being with me just about everywhere.  And if my Kindle wasn’t handy, I had the Kindle App on my smartphone to fill in the gaps.  It’s only a true junkie that realizes that this is still not enough, it’s not just Amazon that offers books online, Kobo does too, so does Google and a plethora of others.  Many books are public domain and available online to download to your favorite e-reader, or to read on your laptop/desktop or tablet!

Kindle has their reader app, Kobo does too, so does Nook Google and just about everyone else.  And to help the reader junkie, there are websites that enable your mad passion for reading.  These websites get you great offers on e-books for almost any platform, and even offer you freebies!  My two current enablers are pixelofink.com and bookbub.com.

Pixel of Ink(www.pixelofink.com) offers you at least 2 free ebooks per day, as well as great deals and outstanding offers on current ebooks available from Amazon.com.  If you have a kindle registered to a different location, it suffices to search for the title of interest you want at your local amazon (amazon.ca for me) and 9 out of 10 times it is also available for free for you too!

BookBub(www.bookbub.com) places you on a mailing list, where you can customize the types of books you like to read, and they will send you the latest best offers and free books that suit your tastes.  Bookbub, however, doesn’t just stick with great offers and freebies from Amazon, they also include the same from Kobo, Google, Nook, and others as well.  You select the retailers and categories in your profile.

I’ve managed to fill up my kindle and have gone a good distance filling up my kobo app as well.  Being a voracious reader, and open to just about any type of material, I’ve got more books now than I could ever read, and I’m still getting more!

I can’t stop reading, and I’ll clue you in on some of the great freebies I’ve gotten over the next few weeks, as I pore through them all.  The only downside to these free books, is they may get you hooked on an author you didn’t know about, and that’s when you start buying the rest of his library.  But books are worth every cent, are they not?

Reading well into the night.

Yes, we all have done it at some time, read well past our bedtimes, and then felt sorry for it the next morning, waking with crud encrusted eyes, sore necks and a pain in our backs, trying hard to focus our eyes further than the 18 inches we held the book away from our faces the night before.  And yet when anyone asks, we say something silly like, “I just didn’t sleep well” but we all know that’s not the truth, we’re addicted to reading, and can’t put the book(s) down for our own health.

And yet folks still tell me that books are not a drug, not a controlled substance, and we cannot possibly be addicted to something that is good for us.  Still, I read until about 4 in the morning, knowing full well that I had to get up at 7 to get ready for the day.  I *knew* I was going to suffer for the reading I did the night before, and still I couldn’t help myself.

So I did a little more reading this morning, some of the heavier sort, to see if I could understand addiction a little bit more.  I found out a bit about alcoholism, which can become addictive, and yet there appears to be only slight withdrawal symptoms, and those less than the withdrawal symptoms from caffeine addiction. I also found out that there appears to be no withdrawal symptoms when it came to reading, nor video game addiction, but both can be quite damaging while engaged in them.  According to most definitions, withdrawal symptoms are an important part of defining an addiction.

But there in the Journal of Medicine I was reading this morning I came across this:

Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.

Which, I think, defines the addicted reader perfectly.  It’s impossible for an addicted reader not to read, and he will read cereal boxes if he has to in order to get that reading fix.

That being said, I’ve not written for 2 weeks because I’ve been horribly addicted to “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R. R. Martin.  I read through “A Game of Thrones” after having been loaned it from a good friend of mine (Cameron, you know who you are!) and then decided that I needed to own this series, and purchased the 4 book box set.

Side note about this particular boxed set, or the one I purchased at least, they were not in order..  🙁  What does it mean when you purchase a box set and they are not in order, you may make the mistake of starting to read the last one instead of the second.  Made for a confusing few chapters, to say the least.

But back to where I was going, the books are fantastically enthralling, and pull you deep into the world of the 7 Kingdoms and the war among Kings.  They’re not small books by any stretch, about 1000 pages each, and they are quite difficult to put down, as I’ve found to my dismay, at 4am.

I am a stickler, I’ve started purchasing these books in paperback, and will continue the series in paperback, even knowing that the 5th book is out now in Hardcover, and I’m nearly done the box set already.  I will wait, as I’m waiting for the 3rd book from Stieg Larsson, and The Girl who kicked a hornets nest.

In the meanwhile, I’ll have to satisfy my addiction with something else, or, perhaps, read a bit slower.

And in today’s news…

Yes, I read the news, and it’s great to see that there still exists in Montreal a quality english language daily.  The Montreal Star folded some years ago, and the Daily News was pushed aside, but at least the Montreal Gazette still manages to do some quality reporting, which some had probably feared would decline over time.  The past few months have seen the Gazette, and the french La Presse come out with some very informative pieces on our recently crumbling infrastructure, things just seem to be falling down around us, literally in some cases.

I honestly don’t believe government would be taking the actions they are now, if it weren’t for these two papers and the pressure they’ve been helping us apply.  True, television has got some of it, but it’s more flash than substance in many cases.  The Gazette also entertains though, I do enjoy my weekend funnies, even if they’ve moved them around a bit this last weekend.  But it’s still the front section that get’s turned page by page, and read most thoroughly.

I have to admit though, I do get a lot of news information online, heck, as an internet junkie, it wouldn’t be honest to say I didn’t.  Google news feeds through igoogle let’s me customize what I want to read, and what info I’m most interested in.

But for entertainment, I read books, and not just books, the occasional magazine, and I’m a regular subscriber to Readers Digest, and have enjoyed the articles, and the occasional funny from those folks as well.

As you may remember I also mentioned e-reading.  Now I don’t own a Kindle yet, and recent reports are leading me to believe that the wait for a Kindle Tablet may not be such a good idea, but I do have a kindle app on my smartphone, and I do read a good number of e-books, mostly free, but I did recently purchase a novel from Stephen King, “UR.”

Now why did I go and purchase an e-book without having a dedicated e-reader?  Well, to tell the truth, I’m a big Stephen King fan, and this book was an e-reader special, written specially for the Kindle, about a Kindle.  I’m relatively convinced it would have been better, and eerier, had I read it on an actual Kindle, but it was still a very good read, standard King fare, and definitely enjoyable.  Before the “low people” made their appearance, it became pretty obvious during the book they and their “living” vehicles would arrive soon enough.  I was glad to hear from them, and think King would do well writting a few more books about the different levels of that lovely Dark Tower.

I also finished reading The Invisible Man this week, and it ended pretty much as I had thought it would, but I couldn’t stop comparing it to the movie I watched a few years ago with Chevy Chase called “Memoirs of an Invisible Man” both invisibles are chased by the police, but the endings are quite different, with Chevy Chase’s movie ending with a happy marriage and children, and HG Wells Character not fairing nearly as well.

While doing some research, I stumbled on a novel with the same name as the Chevy Chase movie, as I understand they are not the same stories, I’m sorely tempted to find my way into reading that one.  If only there was a kindle version I could get, alas, I’m out of luck.

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.