Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’ve never been into horror books or movies, never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, nor did I know much about vampires in general. In fact, my thoughts and images regarding vampires were pretty much shaped by Count Chocula commercials and the Sesame Street Count!

I’m not really sure why I chose to download Dracula by Bram Stoker as one of my first Kindle books, but I’m glad I did! I found it extremely easy to read, even though it was written in the late 1800′s. A lot of it was set in London, and it was cool to read references to train stations and other landmarks that I have been to or heard about.

I, Robot – a Short Story by Cory Doctorow

A really quick read is Cory Doctorow’s version of I, Robot which was written as an homage to Isaac Asimov’s original series of short stories of the same name.  Doctorow’s version is part of a series of short stories called Overclocked.

So far, I’ve only read the one story, I, Robot. I haven’t seen the movie of the same name, nor have I read Asimov’s versions. Because of this, I felt like I wasn’t quite getting the whole picture of what Doctorow was getting at. The story seemed to be much too short for what he wanted to say. I’m guessing that the other stories contained in Over Clocked may tie things together for me.

Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes

A 19-year-old young woman becomes obsessed with chatting electronically with a young man 70+ miles away. Not unlike a zillion young women and men in the 21st century.

 Yet this “online” romance took place in the 1800s!

Nettie is a telegraph operator who dreams of being an author. One day in the course of normal business she receives a message from “C” a telegraph operator in another city. They strike up a “conversation” in Morse Code, and soon become fast electronic friends.

Amazon Kindle DX Review

Size seems to matter to the folks at Amazon. While the Kindle 2 has a 6-inch (measured diagonally) e-ink screen — roughly the area of a mass-market paperback book — the DX’s 9.7-inch screen resembles a page from a typical hardback. Put another way, the DX flaunts 2.5 times more display space. More text on a page means more lines and, if you prefer, a bigger font, without having to turn the page as often. Best of all, the DX was engineered not to feel big. Virtually the same thickness as the Kindle 2, the 19-ounce heft won’t tax your wrists. Its keyboard is actually a little smaller than the Kindle 2’s, so almost all of the DX’s front surface is covered by the screen.

Kindle DX Graphite Review

The Kindle DX Graphite will be a big disappointment for those who predicted (or hoped) the next generation Kindle will feature touch or color screen or video playback capability. For people looking for a device that gives them pleasurable reading experience, however, the Kindle DX Graphite will surely match their expectations. Sporting 50% more contrast and faster page turns than the first generation Kindle DX, the Graphite eReader offers even greater readability. And now with lighter price tag of $379, the Kindle DX Graphite is a solid choice for business people, students, or anyone looking for a large-screened yet ultra portable eReader.