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E-readers and paper books

Because I have a Goodreads account, I haven't been doing reading posts lately. I've been reading a LOT, although most of them have been paper books. Steve has been using my Kindle Fire in bed, and he's introduced the cats to the video-game-for-felines "Gizzy's Friend". This is an animation of a squeaking mouse wandering around randomly on the screen. When a cat taps the mouse with a paw, the mouse screams and "dies". Ivan's high score so far is 25; he's a gamer!

Steve complained that the Fire doesn't stream PDFs well, and that a lot of the books he wants to read are in PDF format. I'd been thinking about how nice it'd be to have books stored in expandable memory, so I made the experiment of buying an Aluratek Libre e-reader. It's a Kobo! It does stream PDFs really well and reads most e-book format. Since I've been wanting to read classics, and since small online presses publish e-books, I've been playing around with loading it with books. It's a very basic reader, but it takes memory cards so it can handle an infinite number of books. It's light as a feather. While I'm glad my first e-reader was the Kindle 2, this was $50 well-spent.

I've re-read "The Hobbit". The last time I read it I was about 14, and I hadn't remembered what a children's book it is. It's possibly the best children's book ever written, but there is such a contrast between the writing style of "The Hobbit" and of LOTR.

I read "No Easy Day", the controversial book about the killing of Osama bin Laden. BORING. Nothing revealed, and the writing is pedestrian as can be.

H.R. Ellis Davidson's "Gods and Myths of Modern Europe" is beautifully written, insightful and possibly the best book on Norse myth I've ever read.

I've been reading Warhammer 40k novels, but nobody needs to hear about those.


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Dec. 9th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
I should do a book post, too. I love my Kindle. We're buds.

I bet Ozzie would love that game. Is there an ipad version? He absolutely loves watching us play video games. (He was sniffing noses with my Charr necromancer, and he tries to attack things in Planetside 2.
Dec. 10th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Yup, I think it appeared on iPad first. seki_raku introduced us to it.
Dec. 11th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
So he batted at it a bit, then sat on the ipad. i'm not entirely sure what this means.
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
That cat-n-mouse game sounds so cute. Who gets the higher score? You or the cat?
Dec. 12th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't play it. Ivan and Lalat do. She gets bored; he gets the high scores.
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