Kindle and The Accidental Time Machine

714ac060ada01860884bf110.LMy brother, Nol, gave me a Kindle for my birthday after watching me lug around a large number of books while we were on vacation in Italy.

My first purchase was to renew my lapsed subscription to the New Yorker — so cool, it gets automatically downloaded to the Kindle weekly! It took me a while to get used to reading the magazine in electronic format, but now after three weeks, I think I understand how to do it. Sounds strange, but I was used to jumping ahead to certain sections and scanning to see what was coming up, etc.

Then I bought a book, which I just recently finished on the flight to Ft Lauderdale. When I purchased The Accidental Time Machine, I thought it would be good to get something light to test out the reading on the new device. Good theory. The book was written by Joe Haldeman, a top science fiction author who also wrote The Forever War, for which he won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It was an easy read, but didn’t really add much to the genre of time travel stories. I should have downloaded and re-read The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is a top book even if you’d rather wear a Wookiecostume than read sci-fi.

So, back to the Kindle: excellent travel companion. Light as a feather and easy to carry around, the non-back lit screen take a bit to get used to, but didn’t make my eyes any more tired than reading paper, and I really loved the way I could adjust the size of the font on the book to adjust for different reading conditions. All in all a great experience.

Next up on the Kindle: Jonathan Lethem’s You Don’t Love Me Yet.