Friday, 27 December 2013

I Have Been Digitized.

I always thought that, with the exception of textbooks, nothing could beat a real paper book so I had little interest in e-books except for books that were impossible to find, (i.e. The Dark Crystal novelization.) which I had been reading on my iPhone. I figured that if I went to get an e-reader I'd just get an iPad, because it's an all-in-one device.

I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas.

It was quite an unexpected gift and I was grateful, but I admit I approached it with some trepidation. It wasn't overly fancy, with a simple grey-scale display. I moved my books that I had on my phone onto my new Kindle. After 10 minutes of playing with my new Kindle the day I got it, I have been converted to the wonder of e-readers.

I plowed through my Goodreads to read list and my Amazon wishlist and bought books! I bought so many books! I even bought some books from writers who spend time on Absolute Write. I think I even read faster. I devoured the disappointing A Child Called 'It' in about a day and a half.

Yesterday I made my first note regarding the book I was reading. While on the bus.

But I have to draw the line somewhere.

There are books that I refuse to have digitally. There are books that, if you've only read the e-book version, I truly feel you're missing something. I will list them now.

First and foremost, the number one book that you absolutely cannot read the e-book version and authentically say you've read this book is HOUSE of Leaves. This book is interactive. If you can't see the pages that are slightly bigger than the cover, or feel the labyrinth embossed on the cover, or see the shocking bright red text, or the purple text, or the little green check mark, or turn the book upside down, or notice that page numbers are missing, or flip rapid-fire through the pages during the climax, you haven't experienced this novel. You simply haven't. Don't waste your time. Invest in the amazing full colour soft-cover kick-ass version, or just pass the story by.

The second is Clive Barker's Mister B. Gone. I can't really describe why that is without giving spoilers, but the whole conceit of the book works only in paper and binding form.

World War Z by Max Brook. Now, I'm kind of on the fence about this one. One thing I loved about WWZ was that it felt like a history text book. I read the hard-cover version and I felt like I was reading a possible history. However, if there really was a zombie outbreak, e-books would probably be easier to produce and need less resources than actual books. So this one is 50/50. Both options work.

John Dies At the End by David Wong. I'm biased with this one. I just love my copy of JDatE so much. I love the way the paperback feels. It's light and airy and malleable. It's just such a well-produced book. I can completely imagine reading this as an e-book but it feels like it would miss some atmospheric awesomeness. But that's probably just my take on it.

But I'm dead serious about HOUSE of Leaves.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Book Review: A Child Called "It" by David Pelzer

A Child Called A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Just as an aside, for the purposes of this review, I'm going to presume this book was indeed truthful, a fact that has been disputed for a long time. I have my doubts, but for now let's just say it was.

Oh, boy...

I've wanted to read this book for years, ever since I saw it on TV. Probably Oprah or something like that. It wasn't worth the wait.

This book had no follow-through. It was a laundry list of facts about his alleged abuse. "One day mom slapped me and punched me and kicked me until my nose bled twice. Once after school she made me lay in a bath tub filled with freezing cold water for hours. Then she made me sit on my hands in the garage. Once there were rocks on the step when I had to sit for hours."

"One night mom went into labour."

Wait, she was pregnant? Who's the father? When did this happen? What? She's making chlorine gas while pregnant?! Yes it's the 70's but come on!

"One day my dad didn't stick up for me and I hated him forever after that. One day my dad let me play with my baby brother. One day dad just left us and I felt betrayed. One day dad helped me with the dishes."

Was that before or after he didn't stick up for you?

This happened then this happened then this happened then this happened.

We never understand or are given a reason as to why Mom suddenly snapped. There was no progression. One day she was perfect doting mother, and the next she was a sadistic, abusive drunk. I know that this was all through the eyes of a child but you're an adult now, Pelzer! You have tools like comprehension of mental sickness, hide-sight, analysis. I'm not saying forgive, or excuse, but Pelzer, you don't have a 11 year old's mindset anymore. Wouldn't you want to know why?

I was born with several birth defects, and I wrote a still unfinished comic about it as a way to cope. I never finished it because it was written like this book.

This happened then this happened then this happened then this happened...

That's not the way to tell an evocative story like this. We need to know the characters, we don't need a fact sheet.

I'm probably not going to read the next book.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

I Think That Fixed It...

I spent good chunks of this week working on DO NOT TAMPER WITH..., trying to get everything working once again. I was afraid I'd have to find a new theme, because Arjuna-x was old and failing me. But thankfully someone reworked Arjuna-x into a new upgrade called Jishnu. Thank you! You are a life-saver!

I let Deleted-Scenes laps because I'm no longer interested in maintaining the sites. I notified the users, but yes, Deleted-Scenes no longer exists, nor do the fanfiction archives. I still have the actual stories though so if you want them, contact me.

It's all part of downsizing. I'm even considering pulling Elven Lacryment and FRIENDS 4 EVER off their (sub)domains and dragging them to proper. But...effort.

I've also been victim of brute force attacks so I spent today upgrading to a better security plugin. If there are any problems, again, let me know.

I think everything's clean now. I was having some hijacking/redirecting problems for users visiting from their phones so, after testing with my own phone and no sign of redirects. I even googled myself to make sure things were clean because sometimes when I linked in Facebook, the url would look spammy. I think I'm good now.

This post is mostly just a test to make sure everything's working right.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Caution: Hard Hat Area

Once again, DO NOT TAMPER WITH... vomited all over itself and I had to fix things. So things look imperfect right now, but will be fixed within the next few days.

For now you can go to My Tumblr or Twitter for status updates and your source for all things Q.

Thanks for the patience.

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