Started a New Book: The Passage by Justin Cronin

This book is currently #4 on the Best Seller list.  It was featured in yesterday’s Indianapolis Star’s book section, with an interesting article and short interview with the author.  It sounded intriguing so I went ahead and downloaded it to my nook®.  (That damn device is so ‘enabling’- it creates such an easy route for impulse buying that it will surely wreak havoc with my budget.).  I’ve read just over a hundred pages of it thus far (out of a whopping 836 pages) and I think I’m going to like it.  Chapter one was okay, introducing the “family history” of one of the main characters, but chapter two really sunk the hooks in deep with an (e-mail) epistolary novel type feel, with the emails coming from a person on an expedition in the Bolivian jungle which encounters, er, “difficulties…”

After that chapter though, the book has seemed to lapse into a laboriously long stretch of back story building.  I remain patient, though, and things are heating up again by around page 100.  Stay tuned.

Justin Cronin

There is also an interesting article from the New York Times about this book and author.

Finished Gulliver’s Travels Parts 3 & 4

I am finally done with this classic.  I encountered several ‘technical problems’ with completing this book.  I actually have many ‘copies’ of it, but starting with part 3, I began reading it via my Barnes & Noble eReader on my iPad.  This app allows for easy highlighting and note taking, both of which I like to do when reading ‘meaningful’ books.  Unfortunately, after completing part 3, this app has stopped working.  Now, when I launch the app on my iPad, it takes several moments before it finally recognizes my online library, but, when it does, gone are my little pie charts by each book showing how much I’ve completed reading as of my furthest progress.  If I select one of the books in my library, it pops up a screen with the option to ‘download’ (which is similar to what I have to do when accessing one of my B&N.com purchased books for the first time), but if I select download, it “thinks” for a moment and does nothing.  Very annoying.

So, I think, I’ll just access it via my B&N reader on my iPhone.  This, however, works even less than the iPad version now, as it won’t even launch and instead momentarily locks up my iPhone.  Also very annoying.  I think I will stop by the local brick & mortar B&N store today and see if they’ve heard of similar problems.  (They haven’t been that helpful on other issues before, but maybe they have improved…)

To make matters worse, I had misplaced my actual hard copy of Gulliver’s Travels.   I guess relying on my eReaders (my nook® version, and the version on my FreeBooks app were still accessible, but my highlights and notes weren’t on them) had aided in my losing track of where my actual book was(!)  I located it last night – apparently it had fallen off my nightstand and ‘rolled’ a little bit under my bed.  I guess the end of the story is that now I may be finally ready to write a post on parts 3 & 4.  I will work on that today.  My colleagues in the Gulliver’s Travel read along probably have assumed I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth by this  point.

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