Thursday, November 20, 2008

Amazon Kindle - Update

I am still really enjoying my Amazon Kindle. Like everyone I am still waiting for the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be made officially available (and like everyone I am not holding my breath). I have been splitting my time recently between three "types" of books and a variety of other readings which has kept me busy. I am reading the second book in a trilogy by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child called Dance of Death.  I was quite happy to stumble across this series of modern day mystery novels.   The first in the series had just enough of a fantasy element to draw me in, but the second has been all mystery/detective story and has still be very good.

I am also working on book with a more professional slant.  I purchased Wikinomics shortly after buying my Kindle, but I am just getting around to reading it.  I really just started it, so I will have to reserve judgment till later.  I am considering grabbing a subscription to either the Wall Street Journal, New York Times or even the Houston Chronicle to read on the device.  I cancelled my subscription to Slate because I fell behind, but I may subscribe there again as well.

Finally, I am listening to a book from Audible (not on the Kindle – though I could) which is also part of a trilogy.  Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy is the third book in the series.  The first two were surprisingly good.  What I find most interesting is that the world that Jonathon Stroud created was certainly a fantasy world, but the setting in a modern London helps to bring a certain difference to the story.  The story is set in a fairly modern London too, but you also get the sense that it is a different modern London (and a different modern world).  The way magic is dealt with is also very unique.  Magicians are masters of nothing more than conjuration.  They know the secrets needed to call upon and bind spirits from other worlds to the earth.  They know how to protect themselves and enslave the powerful beings, but they really have no powers of their own.  Most are lazy, weak and far to vain to be much good to anyone.  It makes for a very good story.

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