Originally published at Am I the Only One Dancing?. Please leave any comments there.
My public library hasn’t seen me much lately, mostly because I’ve been using their ebook service rather than walking the half mile to the brick and mortar building. Some comments, and then the list of books with brief ratings/reviews.
1. Some publishers for whatever reason make their Kindle books
only accessible through a wired connection. This flat pisses me off, not only for me, but on behalf of the many people who don’t have access to a wired connection. As a result, whenever possible I have been downloading books through the Overdrive application as Adobe Epub books whenever possible.
2. Adobe’s customer service is awesome. When I misunderstood how their device registration worked and accidentally set up too many devices with their DRM service, I used their tech support chat and it took less than five minutes (once a tech was available) to reset my device usage.
are a great way to read at the gym. You can make the print huge if you need to (to overcome the effect movement makes on the ability to read) and you don’t bust the book spine holding the book open.
4. The library e-book service at my library is seriously understocked while simultaneously being seriously overstocked with trash reading. Every month they add more, but not nearly enough non-fiction, and not nearly enough of some of the good older fiction that is starting to be re-released as e-books but not yet copyright free.
Inheritance (Christopher Paolini)
More of the same. Too many derivative names, overly flowery language, characters based on a teenaged boy’s idea of women rather than on how real women would act, but a compelling story nevertheless. ***
Oryx and Crake: A Novel (Margaret Atwood)
Margaret Atwood is a great writer and thinker, and this is yet another example of her genius. A fable with elements of today that like in her other books are just too real to be comfortable, you won’t be able to put it down. *****
World War Z (Max Brooks)
If you like zombie stories, you’ll love this. How does a global fight against zombies succeed? Very carefully. Compelling. ****
WWW Trilogy [Wake
] (Robert J. Sawyer) This is amazing and underrated. What if the world wide web woke up, and became sentient? What if its primary motivation in life was curiosity and friendship? Makes me think of Heinlein and Spider Robinson. Loved it. *****
There are a few I returned without noting, and I’m not including my brick and mortar finds here, but this should give you a taste.