Maybe a trip to the library or the bookstore. Sometimes just grabbing the latest bestseller at the airport. However, if you are anything like me, you usually got the same type of book, probably the latest Stieg Larsson or Dan Brown, something chunky to read by the pool or at the beach.
Well, I was quite happy with this, until my elder sister got a Kindle. Now I’m not actually envious of this, but I was a little peeved that my sister (a complete technophobe admittedly) had beaten me to the latest trend. There was nothing I could do, I just had to have one too. A DONE DEAL!!!
I quickly ordered my Kindle and within 48 hours I was back up there with the rest of the geeks. Now I had to act quickly and master all the functions before my dear old sis had gotten round to getting her first book. Who said sibling rivalry was less of an issue as you get older??
No more library visits for me, no more hefty bags of reading material for trips away. Ebooks had arrived in my world …and with them came the joy of choosing books from the comfort of my armchair or desk. I could now select a zillion books and have them delivered wirelessly to my Kindle device, in this case via Amazon’s Whispernet.
So now, I have more time to peruse, to dither and to um & ah over every choice. I can even schedule the arrival of my favourite author’s new offering, by pre-ordering and just waiting for that glorious message telling me that it has arrived. But I digress, now I have so much to choose from, I am taking more time and reading reviews and trying out new authors and genres. I had read so many more books this year because of my Kindle and even have the app on my phone (for emergencies obviously!). So I am now pleased to share my findings with anyone who is prepared to read my ramblings.
My fave book so far this year has been The Penal Colony by Richard Herley. The story is set in a British prison colony on the island of Sert, 25 miles off the north Cornish coast, and this particular one has the worst reputation. There are no warders. Satellite technology is used to keep the convicts under watch. New arrivals are dumped by helicopter and must learn to survive as best they can. To Sert, one afternoon in July, is brought Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a sex-murder he did not commit. Routledge knows he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life. On arrival he is told he must survive a period of times outside of the “Community”. On the outside it is the survival of the fittest, rival groups have long since destroyed any previous signs of habitation. Life here is vicious, cruel and bloody. But not all the islanders are savages. Back at the “community”, civilisation is the order of the day. Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved. A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all …