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June 21, 2024

Fiction: The Good Wife & The Armchair

drawing - typewriter with coffee mug
This month's Words for Wednesday prompts are provided by Hilary Melton-Butcher and are hosted at Elephant's Child's blog over here. An additional prompt from Charlotte (MotherOwl) is Signal Green. This week's prompts are: discourteous, flicker, martini, whips, belly and/or waving, frogs, moderation, smile, louring. I used the first half of the prompts.

Fiction: The Good Wife & The Armchair

June 2
Amber Wonderman wasn't looking for a chair but when she wandered through Jacob's yard sale on an early Sunday morning and spotted the green armchair, she immediately wanted it. After a few negotiations which Jacob kept claiming the chair was an antique and that he couldn't possibility get any lower than 100 dollars, he gave in when Amber pulled out three ten dollar bills out of her wallet. Jacob said he didn't deliver even though it was five houses away. So Amber lugged the armchair home. All the way, she grumbled how discourteous Jacob was as a neighbor.
    Amber had a hard time placing the armchair. In the livingroom, it was already crowded with an L-sectional red sofa, a recliner and a glass coffee table. In their bedroom, Guy, Amber's husband, insisted it couldn't stay there as his gym equipments needed room to breathe. In the guest room, it was stuffed to the brim with unused, dust-covered furniture and boxes. In the dinning room, there was no space with the long table and eight chairs. So Amber left the armchair in the livingroom facing the red sofa and moved the recliner to the opposite side.
    The first time Amber sat on the armchair, the seat, the backrest and ample armrests held Amber like she was a newborn. There was a faint scent of baby powder in the air that reminded her of her childhood. After that, she couldn't resist sitting on it every chance she get.

June 13, 2024

A few rants about ereaders & ebooks

We live in a digital world, but we're fairly analog creatures. - Omar Ahmad
These are some recent thoughts and rants about ereaders and ebooks. I may be wrong on some things but you can correct me if I'm wrong. These are from the point of view of a kindle paperwhite reader. (The correct term should be e-reader but I don't like that plus I had been using ereader so why change?)

01 - Ereaders are expensive. I waited to buy my kindle ereader during a holiday so I can save some money but I didn't really save anything because amazon makes you pay to remove advertising from their kindles (at least the regular and paperwhite models) which is the dumbest thing in the world. A product that comes with advertising should have made me not want to buy it, right? I guess I'm one of those dumb consumers because I brought it and paid more to remove advertising because who wants advertising on their device? But at least, I didn't pay the full price.

02 - The problems with ereaders, once you choose one, you are sort of stuck within their eco-system which means you mostly use just one format of ebooks. I chose to get a kindle ereader (over nook and kobo) because I had the strange idea that the kindle format is more widely used and it was probably true when I brought it a few years ago but I guess it's changing a bit.
    Just because a device accepts this or that format, didn't mean it's easy to get them onto your device. Amazon did add support for epub books. The whole DRM (Digital Rights Management) issue does make it harder to get epub books onto a kindle. Some people remove the DRM to get books onto their kindle which legally is not legal, at least, not in the U.S. Lots of books comes DRM-free but most are not so it's sort of a headache if you don't know how to get epubs on your device. I was never able to get epub public library books onto my kindle but I can do it with regular DRM-free epub books. Books that are not kindle format aren't even labeled books, they are labeled documents.

June 03, 2024

Some Bookish Thoughts

01 - I recently read a book's synopsis with these words: 'light her panties on fire.' That is, supposedly what the main character's would-be-love interest does because he's oh-so-sexy. This phrase clearly says something about the book. I don't want to draw conclusions base on this phrase but if a publisher or author chooses to use such words for their books, I get to judge them for it. Besides the phrase putting me off, the reviews tell me it's not a book most people (including myself) would want to read. But I'm not saying don't read it, I'm saying judge for yourself. (FYI, the book is Putting the Fun in Funeral by Diana Pharaoh Francis)

02 - I'm not okay with the practice of deleting listings and creating new ones. It's damm confusing. Recently, a book series that I had enjoyed and had ended but the author wrote a fifth book which is fine but the series got a new name and all the books had been retitled with new covers which would be fine too except now the previous listing is removed (for the ebook format anyway) and according to amazon, I didn't purchase the series so I get recommendations for them which annoys me because I don't know which book I did read because they have new titles. Why can't the series name and book titles change without being a new listing? Also, the books' pricing doubled which I suppose if an author had become more popular, they have a right to up their pricing.
    Then there is another series where the old listings are removed and new ones are made but there are no changes to cover art or book titles or series title. There might be reasons for it but I can't see it. And again, amazon says I didn't purchase the series so I get recommendations for them as new and since all the titles/name are exactly the same, it's very confusing. (Note: This is from the point of view of a kindle reader.)

03 - I've tried again to read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen but again, I failed to finish it.
I find it so dull that I can only finish the chapter I had been reading. I don't know if I will like or dislike Fanny (the main character) as she is still much like a side character who is a witness to other people's folly. I'm only up page 138 and the book is about 440 pages and I'm reading the paperback format which I thought should make me read faster but it seems to have the opposite effect.
    I want to finish Mansfield Park simply because I had finished Austen's other completed novels (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion) and had enjoyed those. I don't care that Mansfield Park is considered Austen's finest work or that Fanny was her favorite character - those are not reasons to read it. I'm sure some people would tell me to give it up since I'm not enjoying it but I don't know. I have been trying to read this for the last five years or so. Is it time to give it up?

Do you have book complaints or book thoughts?