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Friday, December 31, 2010
Happy New Year!
Best book: Let the Great World Spin
Worst book: Potshot
The book I can't stop thinking about is Super Sad True Love Story. The story itself was average but the world was so detailed and such an interesting take on our modern world of social networking and oversharing. Also Gary Shteyngart has such a powerful and compelling literary voice and cadence to his writing that I'm compelled to read his other novels.
The best thing to happen locally is the used book store that opened in Nashua. It's called, plainly enough, Used Book Superstore. If you live in the New Hampshire/Northern Mass area keep your eye out for the 40 percent off coupons. We went in as a family last night and we spent enough that they gave us another coupon good for 50 percent off for the next two weeks because we spent so much. I guess just like a good casino they know how to recognize their prime customers and ply them with discounts.
The best thing to happen to me literature wise was the arrival of e-books into my life. In March I bought a droid phone which had an e-book reader on it called Aldiko. I was instantly hooked. I still read more print books than e-books but I can see a day when the e-book rules all. From doing academic work this year I'd have to say that both print books and e-books have their advantages. Print books have what I call the flip factor. It's easy to flip a couple of pages back in order to take another look at a table or to re-read a chapter or two. I'd never attempt to do homework with an e-book. Homework is all about flipping all over the place of answers and e-books are just not quite fast enough yet to allow you to flip all over the place to find an answer. E-books do have the advantage of search though. I keep running into situations where I start writing a paper and remember a passage I'd really like to find to cite or to read again. Indexes help but they're not nearly as good as a search for a word that you knew was in the sentence. E-books are still inferior if you like marginalia and finding little notes in your used books so hopefully print books will be around for a long while.
So here is to a happy and prosperous 2011! I hope you read some great books and win some big hands.