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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Janus Stone and the Kindle

The title of the book is The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths.  The method of reading was my new Kindle.  Don't call me a traitor - I want to know what it's all about.

First, the book. I've not read any of Griffiths' books feature Ruth Galloway, forensic anthropologist, but I will from now on.  In the midst of excavation for a new complex, a child's bones are found under the foundation of the main building.  In one of its past lives, the house and grounds had been a Catholic orphanage. While the hunt begins to find out who the victim was and who murdered them, someone's also hunting Ruth Galloway, playing on her emotional vulnerability as a newly pregnant woman.

"When a child’s body is found buried under a Victorian mansion, Ruth is called in to investigate.  The police, led by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson, discover that the house used to be a Catholic children’s home. Nelson finds out that, forty years ago, two children went missing from the home. Is the body one of the missing children or does it go back to the days when the building housed an eccentric but very influential family?"

Ironically, one of the things I liked was that Detective Chief Inspector Henry Nelson, the father of Ruth's unborn baby, is also happily married.  It didn't leave us with a pat ending in that string of the story.

Now, the Kindle.  Did not love it although I think it would be good to bring on a trip loaded up with books.
  • Not sure if it was just this book, but usually when you're reading a book and the action shifts within a chapter, there is an extra space between the paragraphs.  Kindle did not do that with this book, so I'd find myself jumping from Ruth sleeping to Nelson meeting with his staff.  Miss the visual break.
  • Like to read in bed and didn't like having to keep it tilted the right way all the time.
  • Only shows one page at a time, feel like I was constantly turning pages.
Will keep using it from time to time and see if I start to appreciate it more.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The SciFi count thus far

Following is the tally of my nephews' "must-keep" books - hardbacks and paperbacks - many battered from being read countless times:

Far and away the leader - STAR WARS - 69 books (with more to be counted)

They have already provided recommendations for store inventory which I have ordered.  My in-home experts. :D