Kindle Paperwhite

So if you’re like me, you don’t like to just sit idle – though I can’t argue that it’s good to get out at times and just let my brain defragment so to speak. Nevertheless, several years ago I bought the second generation Kindle, thinking to myself that Amazon was crazy and that these devices would never catch on. Like several other things in life – I was wrong 😉

So anyway, 2012 rolls around and Amazon releases the Kindle Paperwhite, a nicely build small form factor eReader that provides for a few gigabytes worth of books (thinking that books are typically a meg or less of text without pictures) it’s got plenty of space for an entire library of reading.

I keep this tucked away in my bag during the day but typically in the evenings when I just need to free myself of distractions, I pull out the Kindle Paperwhite – not having to worry about an iDevice popping up a message in front of the Kindle App stating that I’ve got new mail or using the plugins for Firefox or Chrome and getting distracted by other tasks at hand.

Bottom line, if you’re looking for escapism in search of knowledge, consider the Paperwhite. It’s small, low cost, decent battery, it’s got a backlit screen so you can actually read it at night and best of all it’s lightweight and fits in the hands similar to how a novel would.

Cheers!

Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive

dead_or_aliveWell, after several late nights of reading I finished Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive. I’d say that I give the novel 3 out of 5 stars – primary reason being that while it’s a great read and in typical Clancy fashion has nearly a dozen story lines criss-crossing before culminating in the core of the store, there are still lose ends left open. Further the climax of the story seems to sputter out near the end.

The story itself seems somewhat akin to follow the present day hunt for terrorists around the world, but cast in a fictional world where the key person that everyone is after is “the Emir” and the URC.

I definitely was happy to have John Clark and Ding Chavez rejoining the crew introduced in Teeth of the Tiger – the Caruso Brothers and Jack Ryan, Jr. I will say that I was a little disappointed however with the last 90 pages of the book where there seemed to be a feeling of rushing to get to the finish. Not quite certain if Tom Clancy and Grand Blackwood were being forced to have a 900 page page count, or if the editors felt that they needed to wrap things up in a Hollywood’esque ending such that they would leave several streams of thought wide open for another book to pick up and run with shortly.

On the flip side, I’m not certain if it’s Clancy’s way of poking at political figures and pundits, but I have to say that some of the comments made by the main characters definitely seem to be reminiscent of current politics. Interesting way of voicing your opinion Smile

All in all, I’d give it 3 stars – great book that’s crack for the eyes.