New Reading Discovery-Robert B. Parker and Agatha Christie

Sometimes I happen upon a new reading discovery, now to tell the truth it’s quite a shame because although they are new to me they are old to everyone else and these authors have been around for decades and in this case these two authors are dead. Now don’t ask me where my head has been, stuck in the sand, regarding either of these fine writers. Blame it on my sometimes obsession with reading interracial romance and writing it that I forget there are other writers and genres that I like and should take notice of. As you know I do love mysteries, suspense and thrillers I’m trying to get into horror but I hate to admit this, but I am actually kind of a fraidy cat when it comes to scary stuff as much as I love Edgar Allan Poe, I can’t read his stories at night. But while looking for some pulp fiction mysteries to read, I stumble across Robert B. Parker, now if you don’t know who Mr. Parker is you may know the television series from the eighties, Spenser for Hire, based on his book series. I had a huge crush on Robert Urich as a teenager. I actually had no idea there was a book series attached to this, one of my all time favorite television series, what a happy day when I discovered there was. He also writes the Jesse Stone series, they also have television movies attached to them starring the incredibly sexy, Tom Selleck. There are a plethora of books in both these series and I just started reading the Spenser one like 2 weeks ago but I have now finished five in his Spenser series including:

Pale Kings and Princes

A Catskill Eagle

Looking for Rachel Wallace

The Judas Goat

Crimson Joy

All the books were excellent, quick, funny and exciting reads. I must say I enjoy the ones where Spenser and Hawk get to banter with one another, Mr. Parker really did write some great fleshed out, interesting, slightly dangerous and sometimes lovable characters. If you like a good suspense detective novel, I’d highly recommend these, I’m currently reading Walking Shadow and The Widening Gyre at the same time. It’s just a habit, I read about five books at once. But I decided to take a slight break from reading Mr. Parker to introduce myself to another mystery writer that although I’ve seen movies and PBS series based on her novels and characters I’d never actually read one.

Don’t ask me why I’d never read Agatha Christie, I find it a terrible defect in my character at this point. The woman is a brilliant writer from just watching the movies alone, I knew that. As much as a fan of mysteries as I am, I hold my head in deplorable shame that I’m only now at this late age reading one of her books. But now that I’ve read the one, I’ve discovered a voracious appetite for all things Christie. Her books have only been outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare now that’s quite a feat. I must say after my first dip in the Agatha Christie pool of mystery with a Miss Marple mystery, A Caribbean Mystery, I am fairly hooked. It started a little slow but I was drawn in by the 3rd chapter and it had me guessing all the way to the end, took me one day to read it. She doesn’t shy away from talking about what probably would been some delicate subjects in her day for books and specifically books by a woman. I want to weep on my pillow for just discovering her stories. Next I’m on to a Hercule Piorot mystery, Death on the Nile, I’ll let you know what I think but at this point I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. I would recommend whatever genre you like, you try to discover new authors and even some older authors that may have written in that genre. What I am discovering it’s fun to discover a gem that I never knew was there and even better, I get buy more books. I really do need more shelving for this office/library.


My Kindle Fire Review

First and foremost, if you’re a techie this review is not for you. I am not a consumer electronics expert so they’ll be no talk of RAM and things of that nature. What I will talk about is the functionality of this product and how I’m doing with using it.

Okay let’s just get this part out of the way, I LOVE THIS FUCKING THING!!!! I absolutely adore it, best gift ever this Christmas along with a devotional my husband gave me by Joel Osteen. I’m such a conundrum cussing and talking about devotionals in the same paragraph, don’t worry God gets me even if no one else does. Anyway, I love the Kindle Fire it does everything I need it to do and we spent less money on it than an iPad personally I wasn’t all that cheesed up about getting an iPad once I figured out Amazon was no longer downloading books to my iPhone, the point of me getting a tablet was so I could read more and see it. I no longer have to lift my glasses to read the small writing on my iPhone, I’m blind enough and that phone was making more blind. It’s easy to use, comes completely set up the only thing I had to download to it was my music and I did that via the Amazon Cloud (you have to have an account at Amazon to get access) and what’s so great is that stuff you store at the Cloud doesn’t take up any storage space on your device. Now to get all you can get with accessibility on the Kindle Fire you need a Wi-Fi connection and I have one at home and really this is probably the place I will use this device the most. It works like an Android phone which at first kind of threw me since I own a iPhone but it didn’t take long for me to pick up on it’s use and it’s fairly easy to use. I get access to everything on the web and the browser is actually pretty fast as long as your Wi-Fi connection is a good one. If you buy one I would recommend getting the Amazon Prime service it’s $79.00 per year so about 6 or 7 bucks a month and you can get better pricing on items, 2 day delivery on your items for free, a lot of free videos because you can watch videos on the Kindle Fire. One of the reasons I asked my husband for this is because we travel a lot to hotels that have no television so I love having videos available on my devices. It also gives you cheaper rental fees and you can borrow books from the Amazon book share but you can also borrow books from your local libraries you just have to check to see if your library system participates. The first month is a free trial and I love it already and will be keeping that service. You can also get Netflix on your device, along with a ton other applications. Now the apps aren’t as diverse as iPhone but they’ll do for what I need. I don’t use many apps anyway and the ones I do, they have available. And then there are the books, hundreds of thousands of books. At this point Amazon is picking my pockets clean and doing it quite easily. If you give one as a gift, please do the person a favor and buy them a gift card to go along with the Kindle, saves them a little money because downloadable books are not that cheap actually they’re about as much as an actual book. But I did like that my library of Kindle books already came downloaded on my device, I didn’t have to do a thing except start reading. I love the color, I love that I can change the font size and font type for easier reading. It holds a battery charge for a long time, a couple of hours and I should know because I was playing Angry Birds for like 4 hours before it went to half charge. It’s pretty durable but my one complaint is it’s kind of heavy not exactly bulky but it’s got a little weight on it but not enough to not make me use it. I have a cover that will stand up the tablet so that makes it so much more convenient, I don’t always have to carry in my hands. So I’ll be reviewing some books soon because I just bought like ten over the last 7 days or so that I’ve owned this baby. Love the Kindle Fire, Amazon is the best!