Still Not Really a Review

Since I actually did get my Kindle set up and working last week (and skinned, thanks to the lovely people over at skinit.com, I figured I’d go ahead and buy a few books off it and see how I liked reading it.

It’s taken me a little bit, but I have to admit I’m really liking it now. (I went a little cross-eyed at first for some reason, but I’ve been using it every night for the past week and I don’t think I have any complaints. In fact, I’m beta reading for a few people and it’s been great being able to email myself the word docs directly to the device and now I can read them wherever.

At any rate, the first book I actually finished was Never After. Now sadly enough, the only author I’ve ever read before in the list was LKH. I’ve heard of the others, of course, but just never got around to picking anything up by them, though that’s probably going to change.

Can He Bake Cherry Pie? The LKH story. Not much to say here. I’ve had a love/hate thing going on with LKH’s writing for years. The best I can say about the story is that it seems phoned in. And that’s where I’m going to leave it.

Shadow of the Mist. Yasmine Galanorn’s piece was nice, but there were times when I felt like the heroine was TSTL. I think people who have read her Sisters of the Moon series might enjoy it more – not that I didn’t understand what was going on, but it might have been a little more satisfying for me if I had a greater emotional connection to the characters. I will probably pick up the first one to delve a little deeper since I’ve heard good things about them.

On the other hand, I utterly adored Tangleroot Palace by Majorie M. Liu. Even though I’d pretty much figured on how it was going to end fairly quickly, I was greatly captured by the writing, and there was a nice sort of whimsy to the piece.

The Wrong BrideGroom.  I honestly started out not liking this story by Sharon Shinn very much, finding the heroine particularly trite and obnoxious. Which was probably by the point. I finished it out and I thought it did a good job at going through the theme of being careful what you wish for, but I wasn’t overly taken with it.

All in all, not too bad for an anthology where I didn’t know what to expect. It’s always nice to find new authors, so in that respect, I’ll call it a success.

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4 Responses to Still Not Really a Review

  1. Danica says:

    I've had a lot of people telling me I should get a Kindle (because apparently my book addiction is well-known as well as my lack of storage space). I just don't know if it's cost effecient for me. It's mighty expensive, but how is the cost on the kindle books? Are they the same as paperbacks? More?

  2. mynfel says:

    Paperbacks are usually a dollar or so cheaper. Hardbacks are like $10. So far, I'm liking it. (Although I'm way more likely to make an impulse buy with it, so that might be a bit dangerous. LOL)

  3. Dovelily says:

    Do your eyes get tired looking at the Kindle? Can you adjust the brightness of the screen at all?

  4. mynfel says:

    The Kindle isn't back-lit, so in that respect it's like an actual book. So far it's fairly easy to read and I got a separate book light to use for when I'm in the dark.  You can change the font size too- there are 6 sizes to mess with.

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