September 14, 2011

Chasing Tale (Digital Edition) for September 14th, 2011: Cate Gardner, Duane Swierczynski, Richard Wright ...

Is there a tablet that can effectively mimic e-ink technology? I ask this, because that seems to be the thing that could turn the iPad and other tablets into the device for reading e-books. If you've ever tried to read e-books on an LCD/LED screen, you've probably felt some eye strain after an extended period. Plus, there's the insufferable glare on the screen when you try to read outside. While tablets, with their oodles of apps, are a great new toy for this decade, they just aren't the ideal reading device. But, if there was some way to turn that tablet into a Kindle-like e-reader, then that would be a real game-changer, I wager.

Surely, in an age that offers up some of the most unnecessary, ridiculous techno-toys we dare imagine--we have breakdancing robots, for crying out loud--there must be one developer out there who can crack this nut.

Bah, until that day comes, here are the e-books I've added to my reading pile:

The Spectral Press Chapbook Series 1-3 - Spectral Press has a series of chapbooks out and I've got these three for review by Gary McMahon, Gary Fry, and Cate Gardner respectively. Each story is about twenty-thirty pages, making them very easy reads, and I'll likely devour them all in a single evening. I haven't read anything from the two Gary's yet, but Cate's got chops, so I'm really looking forward to Nowhere Hall.

Theatre of Curious Acts by Cate Gardner - Cate's on a roll this year, as this novella is due for release in December through Hadley Rille Books. I've read her short fiction on line, as well with the impressive collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits, so I'm eager to read a lengthier story.

Miranda by John R. Little - September 7th was Buy A Book Day, so I bought a book. My wish list is a mile long, but I did remember having this novella on my wish list for quite some time. And now that Cemetery Dance has it in Kindle form, I figured it was time to buy it.

Hell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski - I loved--loved!--Swierczynski's Fun and Games. It's still the front runner for my favorite read of 2011. One book that has a good shot at knocking it down a spot is its sequel. The first book left just enough room for a sequel, so it'll be interesting to see how Duane tries to top himself in this series.

Cuckoo by Richard Wright - This novel was originally published in 2002, but Richard is re-releasing it himself as an e-book, with a paperback release slated for sometime this month. He sent me a review copy, and considering he's finagled some praise from noteworthy authors, I'm optimistic about this sinister sounding story.

And that's what's new for e-books on my end? What's new with you?


  1. Ooh, I think that's my first sighting of Theatre in the wild.

  2. I'm about to start Cuckoo as well, and I've just posted an interview with him

  3. Cate - All in due time.

    Ginger Nuts - Cool. Gotta check that out.