Sunday, November 29, 2009

Random Thanksgiving Readings - cheesy romance, sci fi and and oldie

Three books, three days - all on my iPhone, all for free, all while in the beautiful, quiet, remote Encampment, Wyoming in a hunting "lodge". Read some on the road there and back, on the way up to sled and cut a tree for Christmas, in the dark, with the font size to meet my 56 year old eyes, in a light blue background with darker blue type which seemed to work best for my eyes when reading and oh yes, one as an audio book while I napped off and on, three difference genres - science fiction, "Beautiful Red", mystery, "The Film Mystery", and romance, "Irrestibile Forces". I feel restored. Each of these made me think, enjoy, and expand.  Think I am going to buy "Beautiful Red" in print for my hubby for Christmas.  Definitely going to listen to some more free mystery audio books, especially while napping over the December holidays.  I love old "PI" detective mysteries.  Now I know why my 84 year old mother-in-law loves the cheesy Harliquin Romance novels.  I haven't read a book so explicit in a long time.

Here are some exerpts from the internet about the books or authors.

"Beautiful Red" by Darusha
The future is boring. Technology has solved the world's most pressing problems, leaving people with tedious work and mundane play. Jack is a Security Officer Class 5, which sounds important, but isn't. However, her banal life as a cubicle worker by day and tinkerer by night is interrupted when she discovers that her employer's computer system has been invaded. Jack enlists the help of her only friends - her co-worker, Gilles and Adrian, an online friend she's never met - to help her track down the source of the invasion. Her investigation leads her to a shadowy group called the Red, where Jack learns that not everyone lives a life of quiet servitude. Even though she believes that the Red are responsible for a series of gruesome attacks, Jack begins to become attracted to their worldview. In her search for the people responsible for the attacks, she confronts the leaders of the group as well as her own burgeoning sense of self-awareness.

About the Author
Darusha has done a lot of different things. She was the Senior Editor at the Conversations Network, the internet audio networks started by IT Conversations' founder Doug Kaye. She wrote critically about technology and its effects on our society in her weblog The Golden Hammer, ( where she has been known to podcast audio segments. She wrote several articles about popular and unpopular science at In the physical world, she was a civil servant with the Government of Canada and is currently a website consultant for podcasters and other rich media providers, a freelance editor and writer. She is a poet, novelist, audio and video podcaster, a bicycle commuter, sailor, serial hair dyer and technophobic gadget junkie. She was most recently based in Victoria, BC, Canada and is currently sailing the Pacific coast of the Americas with her partner, Steven on their sailboat, Scream.
from Amazon

"The Film Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936), American author of mystery/detective novels.

He wrote the Professor Craig Kennedy series including Craig Kennedy Listens In (1923). Kennedy's Dr.Watson-like sidekick is newspaper reporter Walter Jameson. Reeve was one of the first authors to combine an element of science into the mystery genre, widely read in North America and Britain.

Craig Kennedy is a professor of chemistry at a University in New York City who battles crime with his deductive powers and scientific genius. His travails are rife with various gadgets and inventions of his own making that assist in his work, including sophisticated phone devices, a fisheye keyhole spying device, portable lie detectors, and a machine that can apparently revive the recently dead. Walter Jameson is his room mate and reporter for the New York Star.
The Literature Network

"Irresitible Forces" a Harlequin Romance, by Brenda Jackson

Cheezy, I know, but I enjoyed it anyway. Love, desire and the perfect romantic ending. The main character is a successful business woman in charge of her own life.  She decides she wants a baby and proceed to get one on a romantic island made for procreation with one of her most successful clients.  Of course everyone is rich and everyone is nice - don't think there was but one fight in the whole book.  Easy on the brain and nice ending.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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