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Friday, December 27, 2013

A new ebook reader and an Asimov story

In October WHSmith were offering the 6 inch Kobo Touch for £40, half the normal price, so while we had the money one was bought as a Christmas present for me.
Been using it a couple of days now and it's great! Has wifi, a micro SD card slot and a built-in browser, so I'm able to go to Gutenberg.com and get free books from there ( and other sites)
It has one button on the front but is touch screen so everything is covered!

Also I've had this Asimov story (Youth) on my other reader for ages. I put it on the SD card and read it on the new reader.  ( my old reader lacks an SD card slot)

The story is a first contact story, with a twist, and the only Asimov story in the public domain.
Very good!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Tar Aiym Krang by Alan Dean Foster

This is Alan Dean Foster's first novel and chronologically the second Pip and Flinx book. I found it ok, not as compelling as For Love of Mother Not which was written in the 80s (that book is an introduction to the character Flinx and his minidrag Pip.) This book, though having its good adventure parts, often drags in technobabble and is less prosaic than later works, more stiff in parts. Still its an entertaining read and I will read others in the series. Basically Flinx is a young man living on the planet Moth under the care if his foster mother called Mother Mastiff and he has psi-powers. He also has a pet mini dragon called Pip, a ferocious and loyal fighter. Flinx is approached by 2 strangers who request his services as a guide around the city. Really they are trying to find the mysterious artifact called the Krang, which was left behind by the belligerent race The Tar Aiym. Thus begins an adventure in space to find and decipher the mystery of the Krang.