I love my Kindle – but it’s a long way from perfect

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For boring reasons that I won’t go into here I had to reload my Kindle with all my books today. here are around 650 in my library – most are freebies I’ve picked up because they sound interesting; there are also loads of business books on there, plus a bundle of classics, and finally quite a few books I’ve bought. And I like to have all my books on my Kindle – partly because I can, buit mainly because I like to have everything available to read whenever I want it, without the hassle of having to connect to Wifi and download it from the archive (which is another issue in itself, as we’ve just got a new router that the Kindle has ridiculous problems connecting to).

So there are two ways to move books from the archive to the Kindle – via the website or on the Kindle itself. But – and this is where I have the issue – you can only add each book individually. You’d think it would be a simple matter to go to “Manage My Kindle” on the Amazon website, click “Select all” and download the lot. Or to tick boxes to choose the ones you want to download. Or to go to an option on the Kindle that lets you move everything from the archive.

But no … you either click the Action box, then the Download box on the website – for every item – or you click the book title and then go back to the archive list on the device itself. Both ways are slow and tedious and run the risk of giving you RSI. But that’s the only way you can do it. One at a time. And when you have 650 titles in your library that’s an awful lot of time …

So this is an appeal to Amazon (not that they’ll be reading, but you never know). Come on guys – the Kindle is a marvellous device but why produce something that can, allegedly, hold around 3000 books but then make the management of these books so bloody tedious and time consuming? Aargh! PLEASE give us a one click option  ….. please!!!

Review: The Glass Guardian

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The Glass Guardian
The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Following the sudden deaths of her partner, father and beloved aunt in the space of nine months, Ruth moves to the house she inherits on Skye to grieve. However, given the way death seems to follow her around it’s hardly a surprise when things start to go bump in the night … What starts off feeling like a traditional ghost story develops into something much deeper as Ruth comes face to face with two very different friends from her childhood and starts to explore her aunt’s musical career and family history, following an interesting email from a musicologist in Canada.

Set on the beautiful but wild island of Skye in the middle of a snowy winter, this book is beautiful. Ruth is a woman who appears strong yet frighteningly frail at the same tme, and the three men are all flawed yet wonderful. It’s difficult to say more without giving things away so all I will say is read this – it combines Scottish scenery, history, war, love, music and the paranormal in interesting ways that will make you a huge fan of Linda Gillard if you’re not already!

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Review: The Redeemer

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The Redeemer
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the fifth Harry Hole book I’ve read and my least favourite to date. Not sure what it was about this one that I didn’t like – it seemed to start very slowly and I wasn’t fussed abot the whole Salvation Army part of it, I guess it was just something I couldn’t connect with. I also didn’t feel much for any of the characters so when shocking things happened I didn’t get emotionally involved like I usually do. Perhaps its that Hole doesn’t function properly without Rakel in his life that made this feel so downbeat, I don’t know. Anyway, next in the series is The Sowman, which was actually the first book I read by Jo Nesbo – I guess now I know the backstory I’ll have to read it again though!

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Review: Nobody’s Fault

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Nobody's Fault
Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to say that the Kindle is proving an excellent platform for discovering new authors. Having picked up You Wish by Terry Tyler as a freebie and loved it, I was keen to discover more by this author, and this book was an interesting one.

Nick and Ria are your average couple – married forever with two teenage daughters, they muddle along ok – until Nick announces he’s met the love of his life and moves out. The family are plunged into chaos, with Ria and older daughter Cat venting their anger and younger daughter Tara finding herself caught in the middle between her mother and sister, and the father she idolises. It doesn’t help that Nick’s new love Adrienne is a lot younger than him, and the best friend of his cousin. However, over time the family adjust to the new circumstances and start to rebuild their Iives – until a shocking event leaves them all changed forever.

Interspersed with the family drama is the story of a group of women who met on a Facebook fan page. They chat about their favourite TV show, Internet dating and their average lives. I couldn’t work out where this was going and what the point of this thread of the plot was – but then the women meet up for a weekend and all is revealed.

I have to say I didn’t think the sub-plot added anything to the story, in fact it made it seem a bit daft. If this had been left as a drama about a family overcoming adversity I feel it would have been a far stronger book. As it was it felt a bit trite and unrealistic, and the ending was a bit too saccharine sweet for me.

So an interesting read and I will look out for more by this author, but I didn’t think this was as good as it could have been.

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Review: Revenge Of The Tide

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Revenge Of The Tide
Revenge Of The Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought Elizabeth Haynes’ first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was an amazing achievement for a new author and was even more surprised to discover that I knew the author via an online forum! But I approached this, her second book, with some trepidation – was the first novel beginners’ luck, and how would this one ever compare? I’m pleased to say Revenge of the Tide is every bit as good as the first book and really demonstrates that the writer is extraordinary talented.

At the start of Revenge of the Tide we meet Genevieve, ex sales rep and part time pole dancer who has left behind her life in London to live on a boat on the river in Kent. We also meet her neighbours, the slightly hippyish folk who have also chosen to live on houseboats. All seems well till the night of Genevieve’s boat warming party when she discovers the body of one of her dancing friends in the water. Gradually other odd things start to happen and we’re pulled into a nightmarish world where Genevieve’s new life and sleazy past clash with potentially devastating consequences.

Some excellent writing brings all the characters to life and the comparison between the idyllic life on water and the flashbacks to the London club scenes work really well.

A really great read – recommended!

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Review: Cupcake: A Modern Love-Story with a Bigger-Than-Average Waistline

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Cupcake: A Modern Love-Story with a Bigger-Than-Average Waistline
Cupcake: A Modern Love-Story with a Bigger-Than-Average Waistline by Mariah Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Freebie for Kindle hat held my attention on a lazy Sunday morning lie in. About a large girl who runs a cup cake shop, her friends, her ex-fiancé and a new man on the block. Cute enough read, but nothing groundbreaking. (Hence the vague review- I actually can’t remember much about it!)

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Review: The Heretic’s Treasure

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The Heretic's Treasure
The Heretic’s Treasure by Scott Mariani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another Scott Mariani book, another love interest for Ben Hope. You’d think the poor guy would be given time to mourn for his poor dead wife but no, after attempting something like normal life he’s thrust into another dangerous adventure and falling for another beautiful woman. This time there’s a big sting in the tail for the relationship though … An enjoyable thriller set around ancient Egyptian history and artefacts, not my favourite In the Ben Hope series but still kept me turning the pages.

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Alas, Kindle #2 has died :(

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I should have posted about my poor sad Kindle when it first failed in March. I bought it in January with some birthday money and having loaded it up with half a dozen books it was my constant companion while on holiday in Egypt. I didn’t use it as much at home, but one day I went to turn it on and it wouldn’t respond – the Kindle screen was frozen on the screensaver. After charging it and rebooting it and getting no response I visited the Amazon website and clicked the link to return it. One click later and I had someone from Customer Services on the phone – very impressive. He took me through various rebooting processes and then asked me to leave it plugged in for a few hours and he’d call back at 2.30pm. Yeah, yeah, I thought – that’ll be the last I hear from him! But to my surprise,  bang on 2.30pm the phone rang and it was the Amazon guy. He tried one more reboot and when nothing happened he arranged next day delivery of a new Kindle. It duly arrived the next day (a Saturday) and I was sent a return label and instructions on how to have the faulty Kindle collected by a courier. Everything went smoothly – the faulty Kindle was collected, and I was happy with my new one. OK it took me ages to manually put all the books back on it and sort them back into collections, but I had a working Kindle again.

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