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I wanted to see if I could stand to read off a screen, especially while I knit. I don't always like to watch telly/movies while I knit. Sometimes the tv shows just aren't long enough and sometimes the choices on Netflix are just overwhelming and I can't settle on any one movie. I've treied reading and knitting before, but could never get the book propped up well enough or turn pages properly. And I've wondered if I could get used to a Kindle/Nook/ereader thingy.

I think I can. At least for fairly easy/fluffy type books. There are apps for the both the Nook and the Kindle and so I downloaded both to compare. I much prefer the Kindle app - at least for the Macbook - and I already have the amazon account so ordering a book was easypeasy. It's likely that my local bookstores have this paperback in stock and I even have coupons for Borders, so yes, it would have been cheaper to go buy it at the mall. But then I'd have to get dressed, get in the car, drive there and hey, the yarn shop is right near there, ooh, shiny yarn!

Anyway. Ordering/downloading the book was easy and fast and I proved to myself that I can totally knit and read at the same time. I've even tried taking the macbook to bed to see if I could read off a machine in bed. Yup. It was a bit awkward because the machine is so big compared to a book and there's the distraction of having the internet available in another window, but I proved I can read off a machine. So I think I want to buy a Kindle. Smile

The book I bought: Changeless by Gail Carriger. I bought Soulless way back when it came out, was amused by it, didn't know there were more. I wanted something fluffy and fun and not too involved to knit along to. This book certainly has been that. It's somewhat steampunk with added vampires and werewolves and throw in some Victorian fashion notes and a bit of Romance Novel sex. Nothing pornographic or even very erotic, just sort of mentioning it as part of the story, but not the whole of it.

My only problem with ebooks is that I paid full price for it when it's more of a used book sort of book (under $5) and there's no way I could possibly trade it in at a used book store. Not that I have such things near me.

Anyway! Sorry this has become such a rambling post! (and is it time to retire this one and make a new thread?)


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I'm sure I've said this already elsewhere, but I LOVE my Kindle. The free books, the ease of buying books, the portability, the no more needing bookshelf space, the ability to read on the PC or netbook. While I've only bought a couple of books (one cheap one for M to read and another one of Rae's book club books) I'm past worrying about the price. For me the convenience of ease of obtaining and not needing shelf space far outweighs the buck or so overprice for mass market paperbacks, and is more than made up for when buying a traditional $24.99 hardback (which I suspect I'll do at times). The notion that I don't then have a used book to trade to a used book store isn't really an issue. I'm giving away some books to my local church book fair, which helps them out for sure but doesn't put any money/trade credit into my pocket anyway. My point being I'm not making anything off my old books now, so won't miss it with my electronic copies.

I will also say that my Kindle reading experience has far and away been sooooo much better than reading on a screen, I can't say enough about it. It's light, small, so easy to read in bed or to take with me to M's dance or gymnastics classes. I'm already on my fourth full book (and also having read two other shorts) just this year, and it's only early March. That's pretty impressive for my slow reading style, and I owe it to the ease/convenience of the Kindle.


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As for what I'm reading now, as I said I'm on my fourth book this year, that being the fourth book of E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensmen series - The Gray Lensmen. 1940s/50s pulp space opera fare at its finest. Easy reading, as I said very pulpy with the action and the dialog and the characters, but that's exactly why I like it - easy before-bedtime fare.


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I'm reading:

Tennyson's "Idylls of the King"
Huxley's "Brave New World"
Melville's "Pierre, or The Ambiguities"

Just finished reading:

Zamyatin's "We"
Orwell's "Brave New World"
Spencer's "The Faerie Queene" (book 1)
Thompson's "City Crimes"

About to read:
Twain's "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale"
Alger's "Ragged Dick"

Can you tell I'm taking one course on Arthurian lit, one course on utopian/dystopian lit, and one course on 19th century American lit?


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Caspian- I just read Zamyatin's "We" a couple of months ago. What did you think of it?

I'm still stuck on Sherlock stuff. Just finished Laurie King's "God of the Hive".


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well, i *still* haven't finished reading the junior office book club but have finished reading the curse of the werewolf girl and started the short stories .. stories.

i'm waiting for something wicked this way comes and richard wisemans paranormality to arrive this weekend/early next week to build mount unread up a little ...


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library lady- I enjoyed it, really felt the roots of 1984 and Brave New World there. I liked the ambiguous ending.

How about you? What did you think?


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It was not what I was expecting. I did like it, I think even more so than 1984 and BNW. I will say that it was a bit slow to read it .

Listening to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" I had to laugh when Abe goes to Evansville, IN to track a vampire. (having moved here 4 months ago)


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I definitely think 1984 is the best of those three. But I liked We better than BNW, which always seemed a little implausible to me.


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i'm enjoying stories, but since it's short stories it can be put down whilst i read something wicked this way comes.


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the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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Heyla

-yawn- I have been busy and distracted and stuff, I fear. -sheep- Anyway, Tuesday, I drove to Houston juuuust to pick up Pat Rothfuss' continuation, "The Wise Man's Fear". 10 hours of driving, about 12 hours of reading... totally worth it. -g-


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is that the follow up to the name of the wind? which is still living in my to read pile


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey because it was in my library's ebook thingy.

I do love his writing style and his very British turn of a phrase, but this book is confusing so far (about 1/3 of the way through)



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Whooooooooooooooooo!

Goodness knows how many months later I have finally finished the junior officers book club.

I'm glad I read it even though it was not about books, it wasn't even a bad read, it just wasn't as good as some of the other options around it.


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of my alltime favorite books (and movie!).


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excellent!

however, how old were you when you first read it? I'm wondering if you were the same age as the protagonists and therefore you love is influenced by that?


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the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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I don't think I ever read Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I did love the movie - I was 12-ish when I saw it? A while ago I tried watching it with Devlin and found myself very bored with the movie, but Dev finished and said he liked it.

I finished Shades of Grey - it was confusing, but always interesting. I hope for more books in the series.

I found Rick Riordan's Red pyramid on the ebook library thingy, so that's up next.

I gotta say, I like ebooks, at least on my Macbook! But the elibrary thing bugs me - I am limited to a certain number of downloads, but there's no way for me to 'return' the book now that I'm done with it. So I'm stuck with it for two weeks. that hardly seems fair.



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Something wicked has been briefly put down, as i'm more interesting in the second book i got at the same time, paranormality by Richard Wiseman.

I hope it doesn't just preach to the converted but teach me something new. I've read his books before and found them interesting but a bit shallower than I'd ideally like.


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the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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Tennyson's "Idylls of the King"
Huxley's "Brave New World"
Melville's "Pierre, or The Ambiguities"

Just finished reading:

Zamyatin's "We"
Orwell's "Brave New World"
Spencer's "The Faerie Queene" (book 1)
Thompson's "City Crimes"

About to read:
Twain's "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale"
Alger's "Ragged Dick"
 
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Zamyatin's We was awesome. I read that in my second year of University for my Science Fiction Culture class. It and 1984 are my favourite dystopian novels (and Alan Moore's V for Vendetta of course).

As for me, I'm reading Alan Moore's Writing for Comics, still reading Friday and I think I will be reading Mark Millar's The Saviour Book One too.


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