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Octavia Butler, Kindred
Also, I just downloaded a sample of Rebecca Fraser's Charlotte Bronte: A Writer's Life. I've got it in hardcover but never got around to reading it, and it might be more convenient to read on Kindle. I'll see if I like the layout of the sample.
This is a woman's account of her experiences as a nurse in WWI. Many of the of books from this era paint a very sanitized and almost jolly picture. This book pulls no punches, it is brutal in its' candor about the horror and absurdity of war. Given the way things were at that time, I'm surprised the 'powers that be' allowed it to be published.
Three Men on Wheels by Jerome K. Jerome
Jerome Jerome was a Victorian comedy writer. You might say he was the Dave Barry of his day. This is an account of a bike trip he and his buddies took in 1890. Lots of madcap zaniness. One thing's for certain, men haven't changed a bit in the last century, we love our toys, we're basically overgrown kids.
The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim
Countess von Arnim's favorite thing to do was gardening. Unfortunately, it was 'unseemly' for a woman of her station (in the 1890's) to be seen digging in the dirt. This book is a humorous account of her efforts to establish a garden, a simple pleasure we take for granted today, but a struggle for a woman, even with her power and money, a hundred years ago. If you enjoy dry humor, I think you'll like this book.
All of these books are available for free at Gutenberg.org
I've purchased Deanna's second book, Silent on the Moor but I'm going to read some other things before getting back to her stuff.
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin which made me feel guilty for collecting Social Security.
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse which cheered me back up again.
Killing Floor by Lee Child which was generally enjoyable.
In fact, it was the publicity about Strout's Pulitzer that prompted me to download Olive Kitteridge.
Maybe I'll return to Olive later, but for now I'm going to read about something light and pleasant...like maybe detective Lucas Davenport tracking down the serial murderer in Rules of Prey by John Sandford.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I read it about 30 years ago and didn't like it because it was silly. Now I'm rereading it and liking it because it's silly.
The Butler Did It by PG Wodehouse. The first PG Wodehouse I ever read, all those many years ago. Still great.
LOL, Lydia....I've been reading A History of Histories for a year now. I'm about 1/2 way done, and that's exactly what I do: read a few pages every now and then. It was the first book I bought for the Kindle.
At the moment I'm reading The White Lady Murders ($.99 at Amazon). I've been finding quite a few really good free and bargain books for Kindle lately, which is very satisfying in this economy. It's an eye-opener as to what a small percentage of decent books must get picked up by mainstream presses. (Edit: I finished this, and have posted my review. Not for the faint-hearted - horror with lots of graphic sex.)
I'm also plodding through Jesus, Interrupted and recently read two free downloads from Boyd Morrison (The Ark and The Adamas Blueprint) and an interesting Ancient Egypt/ modern archaeology thriller called Secret of the Sands.
I'm in the middle of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies right now, and while it's amusing, it's not quite as funny as I'd have hoped. I've just downloaded some books listed in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and the three new SF/Fantasy freebies Amazon is offering this month which titles I don't recall just now. One is Elric, Stealer of Souls I think.
It's all dizzying!
I've always been one to have a couple of books going simultaneously, but it's true that with the Kindle it's so much easier. And I've got a pile of DTBs I'm trying to get through, too. Less TV, more reading.
I've just read quite a few...I don't remember which ones I've listed though...
Let's see Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Afraid, Lucifer's Calling, Darling Jim, Dirty Little Angels, Fatal Encryption, and Dave Dances...the last book is the wrong touch stone...The one I read is a gorgeous limited edition book and it wasn't on the Kindle. It's great though if you like or (LOVE) the Dave Matthew's Band. (Like me)...
I'm also happy to say that I do love both my K1 and k2 and I don't see myself getting the new larger model. It's just not anything I need right now. Did anyone here get in line for the new version.
Any of my old friends here with the k1's get a k2 as well...I read a little about this in the other post. Just curious!
I miss and love you all!
Do you have a preference between the K1 and the K2?
I've got K1 & K2. I primarily use K2, because it's thinner and lighter and thus fits more easily into my pocketbook, even with a mEdge Executive cover (imitation leather, I'm softie for the cows). Also, K2 has a more efficient search system and a more convenient dictionary. I don't at all use the text-to-speech function, though.
When I got K2, I'd been planning on selling K1 on Amazon or eBay, but I felt sorry for her and decided I just couldn't part with her. Seriously, though, I keep K1 as back-up. It's really a much better piece of hardware, and the one thing I especially dislike about K2 is the elimination of the user-replaceable battery (though I recognize that this made K2 slimmer, which is why I actually use K2 as my primary machine, for pocketbook portability). I don't really care that much about the loss of the SD card slot in K2, since I never use Kindle as an MP3 player anyway and the additional internal memory in K2 is plenty for books.
Since I'm a little concerned about that K2 battery issue, I continue to use K1 for my magazine subscriptions. I really just subscribe to two anyway, Analog sci-fi and Asimov sci-fi.
One nice little feature in K2 is the ability to change line spacing (although this doesn't work on AZW1 Topaz files). It's not in the user manual, but all you have to do is hold down ALT + SHIFT simultaneously with pressing an appropriate number key. I don't remember where I found about this hack, but it was on one of the message boards.
As a pretty proficient thumb-typist, I personally very much prefer the K1 keyboard. The K2 keys are too flush with the machine, so thumb-typing is difficult. On the other hand, I don't do that much keyboarding on Kindle anyway, so it's something I can live with.
I've also found myself accidentally hitting the K2 Home key rather than the Next Page key a good bit (since I use my right thumb), and this is a nuisance although easily escaped by using the Back key. I never had a problem with the positioning of the Home button on K1.
I hated the slipperiness of K2, but now that I've got my mEdge cover it's not an issue. Because of the slipperiness, though, I was extremely careful with K2 until my mEdge came.
Awrrr, overall I definitely prefer the K1 hardware, except that K2's thinness makes it the more easily pocketbook-portable so it's really the machine that I primarily use and K2's got some more convenient software features.
EDIT: Oh, yeah, I forgot the discussion on K-DX. For me, absolutely no way! It's too big to fit conveniently in my purse, and I don't see any need for the larger screen. I'd personally find the whole thing cumbersome.
I'm not in the market for more Amazon electronics right now. (I just found a great used bookstore across the street from a local Borders, and I dropped about $150 there today, including a really nice multi-volume edition of Burton's complete translation of 1001 Arabian Nights. Plus, for $450 they've got in really nice condition a six-volume set of the 1855-1856 edition of the complete Byron.)
Maybe K-DX is going to be of some use for textbooks, where you might need a larger screen for some diagram lay-outs, but someone's going to have to develop a color eInk first, because an awful lot of textbook diagrams (graphs, charts, etc) rely on color for illustrative purposes.
Now the Kindle is buried in my bedside drawer, and old, smoky books (my dad's a cigarette fiend) are my companion.
No matter how far technology seems to take me, it's always back to an old book.
Also rereading Guards! Guards!.
If the pdf does not have complex formatting and is not drm-protected, it can be emailed to amazon by the kindle owner. Amazon will return it reformatted for the kindle for free (or 10 cents if emailed directly to the kindle).
ETA: The kindle version of Triumph of the Sun is available from Amazon for the kindle for $7.99. Assegai is available for $15.37, but often those high prices go down to $9.99 if you wait a couple of weeks.
There are numerous hunting scenes where the killing of elephants, rhinos, lions, etc., is described in detail. In one scene, even the hunter/guide gets upset by the unsportsmanly manner in which Kermit Roosevelt (TR's son) kills a rhino.
Despite all the gore, these hunters do put their lives on the line, and the author puts you right in the hunter's shoes: the elephant unexpectedly turns and charges at you, and you aim your gun, but you have to let him get within 30 yards to be sure of a killing shot, and the outcome is not at all assured. Your nerves are jumping, but you have to hold the gun steady. A gnat may fly into your eye, but you must ignore it, etc.
And then, there are many beautifully written nature scenes, for instance, the story of a kind of bird which leads humans to honey. In return, the humans leave the bird the wax and grubs found in the beehive.
And there's the usual love story and spy story.
When I finish Assegai, I'll download Triumph of the Sun to my Kindle; but I'll probably want to read something else inbetween, to let the overall effect of Assegai settle.
The Day of the Triffids is one of my favorite sci-fi movies.
Speaking of treeware, I was watching C-Span2, and this author David Bollier was pushing his non-fiction book: Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, and it sounds very interesting.
He has released it free as an ebook. You can look up ViralSpiral.cc and download it from the website. Unfortunately, it's in PDF, so you may have to email the file to Amazon and have them convert it to Kindle format for 10c.
David Bollier mentioned that Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is also available for free in PDF. I guess you have to go to Cory Doctorow's website. p.s. Doctorow wrote I Robot. (at least I THOUGHT he did, but the touchstone says Isaac Asimov?)
I checked the books on Amazon, and the treeware versions are available for $16.17, and $11.16; but the books are not available in kindle format. I downloaded the Viral Spiral ebook, and I'll send it to Amazon when I figure out how to do it.
I hope someone finds this helpful. Good weekend all!
On K, I've just started Carla Negger's The Widow. It's not the kind of book I'd buy, but when I downloaded it, it was a freebie (though the freebie is now over).
I'd been trying to read Meredith's The Egoist on my K, but I just can't seem to get into it. Maybe I'll try it in treeware and see if that can catch my interest. My reason for reading it (actually, re-reading it, because I did read it some 40 or so years ago), is that it was important in Antonia White's Frost in May Quartet.
Long story short, I fell in love with MacDonald's books. I've read pretty much everything he's written, and for the past year I've been searching for someone who writes mysteries as enjoyable as MacDonald. I've come close, but so far no one measures up. James Lee Burke has probably come closest, but I've only read one of his books, and I'd need to read some more.
Now I've come across Harlen Coben and he seems closest of them all. I'm almost finished Coben's Gone For Good which has been quite good but seems to be weakening toward the end.
It's about the process doctors go through when they graduate from med school and get 'matched' to a teaching hospital for their internship and residency. It's very interesting, I recommend it to anyone interested in medicine, particularly if they are considering it as a career.
Right now I'm reading Secret Memoirs The Story of Louise Crown Princess by Henry W. Fischer. It's the diary of an Austrian Imperial Crown Princess. All I can say is wow, I'm glad I'm not royalty. What a bunch of thugs, scoundrels and nut-balls. The fairytale fantasy we're sold about being a princess is really a nightmare. Very interesting reading. It's a free Gutenberg.org ebook.
I've been doing a lot of reading. The latest is The Memoirs of Comtesse du Barry. She was the favorite mistress of Louis XV.
Other than that, I've been doing Pilates and making things of fused glass.
I'm thinking of you! (Bill too...where is he?)
I don't have a whole lot else unread on K1 right now and may have trouble downloading because Sprint reception isn't at all good up here in northern Vermont (and Maine may be worse). I keep a full tank of gas because I don't know how good my Verizon reception is to call AAA.
Anyway, I just got my kindle this week (been reading on my ipod touch kindle application before that) and I was wondering how people download books from other sources and get it onto the kindle? Is it just downloading the file and emailing it to your kindle email address or do I have to do something else?
Congratulations on your new kindle! You can download files from http://www.mobileread.com and http://www.feedbooks.com to your computer and transfer them. However, both these sites also have catalogs. If you download the catalogs to your computer and transfer them to your kindle, you can then download ebooks directly to your kindle using the catalogs. You can also update the catalogs directly from your kindle. This is my favorite way to download the free books.
You can also download books directly from http://www.manybooks.net from their mobile site (mnybks.net) using the Experimental browser on the kindle. I stopped doing this because it was a nuisance, but it still works for books you can't find on the other 2 sites.
Michael F Stewart
Author of 24 Bones
The Devil In the White City for the second time, since my Library Book Club chose it. I got so much more out of it this time...fabulous research by Erik Larson. So many "firsts" came out of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, including our Pledge Allegiance to the Flag...and our first Serial Killer in the U.S.
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