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I love this time of year for many reasons.

One of them is that alot of great new fiction hits the shelves in Spetember and October. Dunno why, it must be a publishing thing. I like it though, because there’s nothing better than settling down for a read when it’s cold and dark outside, with something alcoholic at your elbow.

Anyway, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher adventure has been out for a few weeks. Meanwhile, today, Andy McNab’s newest Nick Stone thriller is out and Bernard Cornwall’s wonderfully flawed Saxon hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, makes such a welcome return.

Fat kid in a sweet shop …

But I won’t be starting on any of them for a week or two, because I’m still ploughing through Stephen Leather’s series of Spider Shephard tales, which are top class. And I won’t be going to the shelves to get them either, because I can get them all, in seconds, on this new-fangled and totally dynamite Kindle Paperwhite thingy, while sitting on my arse at home with something alcoholic on the side table.

These are truly miraculous days.

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6 thoughts on “KINDLETASTIC

  1. I don’t read a lot of fiction really but I was persuaded to try out the “A Song Of Fire & Ice” series, which the TV show Game of Thrones is based on, and found it every bit as good as people have said, with convincing characters, intricate plots and hundreds of allusions to real history to spot.

    In non-fiction, I’m currently reading Philip Tetlock’s “Expert Political Judgment” which is (to simplify a lot) about how awful experts are at actually predicting events- barely better than a chimp throwing a darts.

    And Kindles are awesome.

  2. And Kindles are awesome.

    They are. The Kindle App is awesome too. I sat in a pub tonight, surrounded by drunken eejits, and lost myself in ‘Uncle Fred in the Springtime’, by P.G. Wodehouse (I think I’ve read this book at least 40 times now – quite possibly his funniest ever novel), on my phone.

    I have hundreds of books on my Kindle, my phone and my tablet. I also am, at any given time, reading at least two ‘real’ books. It is simplicity itself to swap from one medium to the other.

  3. If you wish to read a truly great series of novels, try your local library, and ask the librarian to order the novels of Thomas Armstrong, with titles such as Dover Harbour, or King Cotton, or possibly the finest novel ever written about Britons in the middle 1800’s, their lives ands loves, their work in the old Yorkshire lead mines; which was named Adam Brunskill.

    The Kindle, along with other electronic devices, is perhaps good for some, but the feel of a book’s pages, the anticipatory knowledge when re-reading your own favourite works again, cannot, in my own view, be reproduced on a screen, but only on the paper pages of a book.

  4. Quite true Mike.
    I don’t know about other ATW readers, but I tend to annotate the margins of passages in a book with a pencil, that particularly grab my attention.
    Decades later, someone else will pick up the book, or I will, and read the remarks & comments written in it.
    It thus becomes a miniature time capsule of your thoughts, and what stirred you at that time of reading. Almost like a diary of forgotten years.
    I’ve noticed that others love to read them too.

    Books will never die.

  5. Bernard

    There is an annotation function on the Kindle, so you can read others’ thoughts on particular passages.

    That said, I also love the ‘feel’ of a ‘real’ book myself, and as I said, I am constantly reading at least two, as well as my electronic reads.

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