Kat and I decided to treat ourselves this tax return, and got ourselves both Nooks. We agree that this was a really good idea, a huge quality of life improvement, and generally pretty nifty. I led the way, and after a couple of days she ended up getting one too — because while I expected to like my Nook, I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did. Surprise, I guess.
Of course, the first thing I did was visit the Baen Free Library and Project Gutenberg. Kat also ran across Feedbooks, which is pretty neat, but the open-source public domain selection seems quite a bit smaller than Gutenberg’s. The Feedbooks ones might be a bit higher quality (as much as that matters in ebooks) and Feedbooks had The Great Gatsby, which I didn’t find on Gutenberg, but all things considered I prefer Gutenberg for my public-domain works.
Of course, the first thing I noticed in the Baen Free Library was that it contained 1632 and 1633, which I had just recently bought in physical form. Which is fantastic; they’re both great books, I’m delighted to be able to carry them around on my Nook, and I don’t mind supporting the author a bit. Still, if I’d known, I would have picked up 1634: The Galileo Affair and 1635: The Cannon Law instead. Drat.
I also scored almost the entire Honor Harrington series, by virtue of running across a copy of War of Honor that came with a CD with the entire series to that point on it. This made me rather explicably happy, though I haven’t got around to the series yet. I mean, I haven’t even cracked open Towers of Midnight, which I got for Christmas, yet. This is mainly because I want to do a full reread of The Wheel of Time this time around — I didn’t when A Gathering Storm came out, and while I got along well enough it’s been a few more years now. I also have The Way of Kings, which, again, I’m looking forward to but I want to get some smaller stuff out of the way before I jump in.
Of course, at the moment “smaller stuff” is The Wise Man’s Fear. When I found out I could preorder it on my nook and have it in my hands pretty much the instant it came out, I pretty much had to do so. The Name of the Wind is my favorite fantasy book since . . . well, since Tolkien, probably. No, actually, I like it more than Tolkien. This probably owes itself to the fact that I was pretty well steeped in post-Tolkien fantasy by the time I got around to reading The Lord of the Rings. You know that guilty feeling when you read (or watch, or hear) something classic and it feels derivative, but you know it’s actually the original and all the stuff you read before is derivative of it, but you still can’t quite like it as much as you feel like you should? I have that with Tolkien. It’s kind of sad, actually. I feel like someone’s going to kick in the door and revoke my geek credentials.
Regardless, I got The Wise Man’s Fear on my nook, and also The Name of the Wind since I gave my first copy to my mom a year or so ago. (No regrets on either count; I like having it on my nook, I’m happy to throw a little more money Rothfuss’s way, and that book deserves to be shared.) I finished reading The Name of the Wind at 2 AM on the 1st, so I couldn’t really have timed it much better if I’d tried (which I did, to be fair (am I a parentheses addict?)).
Of course, it’s the 3rd now and I’m . . . well, I was going to say “only X pages in,” but X=413 so I’ll just shut my trap. Yeah, I haven’t gotten quite as much reading done on it as I could have, but let’s face it, I have a lot more time right now than most people. Which is rather nifty.
Well, I’ve rambled enough for now. I’m going to get a bit of writing done, if my muse will cooperate.
Current music: My primary Pandora station, via a Chrome extension. Current song is . . . The Taste of Ink, by The Used. I think I preferred the Creedence Clearwater that was just on, but then Down On the Corner is a hard act to follow.