Interlude: eBook > Doctorow > Nocturnal
In which I segue between 3 topics while put off reading Anathem. I know I’ll like it, but it’s just so BIG.
I finished up reading The Crooked Letter on my laptop over the weekend. I like the trend of publishers giving away the first book in a series to get people hooked. That’s how I got hooked on Cory Doctorow.
I read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom on my laptop at the time (1st generation alluminum 12″ powerbook). I dusted my old platinum handspring to read Eastern Standard Tribe. I tried out this trick when I read Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (quite possibly still my favorite. I may have to re-read to be sure). I listened to True Names and After the Siege on my iPod. When Little Brother was published, I bought it the day it was released, finally giving Doctorow some of my money. He deserves it.
Still, I didn’t get around to reading Little Brother until Saturday. I knew I was going to like it. I’ve been both a 2600 junkie and a Make junkie. I’ve enjoyed Doctorow’s fiction and found his articles fascinating. And then it got nominated for a Hugo and was on my shelf. So I read it cover to cover on Saturday. (review forthcoming) Turns out it’s set in San Francisco. Also set in San Francisco…
Nocturnal. This was Scott Sigler’s podcast only novel. I discovered Scott when he was about 8 episodes into Nocturnal. He pretty much wrote it as he released it. I’ve listened to numerous novels in audio form ( including Sigler’s The Rookie ) but this is the ONLY long work I’ve listened to week to week as it was released. The end of December was pretty crazy for Sigler and like a fair weather fan I lost track of the updates. But I’m 1/2 way through the 41st episode, the epilogue. It’s been a fun ride and along the way I bought hard covers of both Infected and Contagious.
This is why I want to learn braille. That and write a Wuffie addon for WoW.