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Title: What has happened to the book world? Not what it used to be
Post by: mouse on February 11, 2019, 06:59:58 am
Now that I have more time on my hands I think I am running out of good books to read.  I collected a few favourite authors and mostly stuck to their works.  I became "hooked on" John Grisham books after someone gave me a copy of "Ford County" for a present in about 2010, and then mostly from an online site that sold second hand stuff, and a second hand bookshop in town, I read every book he had written (except "playing for pizza" - about baseball - and the "Theodore Boon" series that were written for children), even the really old ones like "a time to kill" or "the pelican brief".  They are the best books ever, even though John Grisham seems to be obsessed with race.

Then I went to David Baldacci books (except the "Sean King and Michelle Maxwell" series).   However, even DB has tried to "keep up with the times" by introducing a character called "Vega Jane", and that just does not work.

His latest book was totally "over the top" (called "the long road to mercy") with the hero being a woman called Atlee Pine.  I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE.  It had Atlee Pine hoisting grown men on her shoulders and carrying them, hiking up and down the grand canyon at night single-handedly and then disarming a nuclear weapon with a teaspoon while fighting off all the baddies (ok, maybe not a teaspoon, a nail file perhaps, or something).  I got about 2 thirds of the way through the book and gave up and sold it on the 2nd hand goods site and used the money to buy another one.

I have found that the best way (and the laziest way) to get books is to order them on-line from the library and pick them up (ok, maybe where you are the library has had this "on line thing" for some time, but we've only just got it here).  Some good authors I found are:  Steve Martini, Mark Gimenez, Michael Connelly, John Lescroart, Frank Peretti.  I have found that Michael Connelly and David Baldacci are getting really weird lately.  It's like they are trying so hard to be politically correct and are going too far.  Sometimes with David Baldacci I think the book has really been written by Justin Trudeau, he goes out of his way to have at least 50% of the characters shown to be strong women and has adopted "she or he" when talking generally.  And the books were getting more and more political in a very negative way.

However, there's hope yet.  I found a book called "the Armageddon File" by Stephen Coonts.  It's a fiction novel about election fraud and was written in 2017.  The plot is basically the democrat candidate (yes, they have no problem at all talking about political parties) who is described as a woman called "Cynthia Hinton" whose physical description (down to the "ill fitting pantsuits made in China or Bangladesh") fits Hillary Clinton perfectly while the republican candidate (who was "overwhelmingly elected president") is described as a businessman who made his money mainly in "construction and hotels, loves playing golf" and has "financed his own campaign and is not beholden to any foreign government, company or individual".  The book even goes on to describe the "biased media with their very biased 'poles' and opinion pieces masquerading as news and later actual lies masquerading as 'news facts', their anchors and newsmen throwing tantrums after the the election", and the "twenty or so celebrities who promised to leave the country 'if he is elected', and are still here".  The "baddie" of the story (who is described as "really old") has poured millions of dollars" into Cynthia Hinton's campaign and had a plan to make America into a socialist country.  At one point he is lamenting his loss and fantacising about "what might have been" and how his clever plan to rig the election (by paying a tech company to rig voting machines) was cruelly thwarted by "someone", he ponders getting revenge on them and thinks "Barry Soetero was there to sow the seeds of discord and Cynthia Hinton was supposed to finish the job".  The book even talks of "things that Cynthia Hinton won't talk about, like the Hinton Foudation, her philandering husband or Benghazi"

There is even a "Bernie Sanders" character and they talk about Cynthia Hinton "cheating him out of the nomination".

After a while the "baddie" concludes that the hero is "on to him" and tries to lay the blame on the republicans and this is easy because he has the democrats seizing on every little thing to try and "impeach" the president and install Cynthia Hinton.

It's kinda refreshing to read something like this after so much biased stuff.

The only depressing (but realistic maybe) thing about it is that the "bit part baddies" are all "brought to justice" in the end but the fate of the "big players" is left "hanging in the air", perhaps to do these things all over again.  The hero realises that the chief baddie will never be brought to justice because he is "too big to fail" and so kills him, but then he only financed the "plot", and his involvement never comes to light, and he is 90 anyway and probably not going to do anything like this again anyway.

Still a good read.

Title: Re: What has happened to the book world? Not what it used to be
Post by: jamie on February 11, 2019, 11:46:35 pm
I have read that something like ten percent buy  all the books. Computers have killed the attention span enough so that is probably a high number now.  You are an anomaly mouse.
Title: Re: What has happened to the book world? Not what it used to be
Post by: mouse on February 12, 2019, 06:04:37 am
I have read that something like ten percent buy  all the books. Computers have killed the attention span enough so that is probably a high number now.  You are an anomaly mouse.

I always used to think that "electronic books" would never really catch on because people don't want to be restricted to being near a computer every time they want to do some reading.  I like to take the kids to outdoor places like playgrounds or the river and often end up by carrying their bags, they have so much stuff that they take with them (food, water, sun hats, jerseys, sun screen, toys) that a laptop computer - that is if I had one - would be just too much.  Paper books are portable and you don't have to worry about sticky fingers touching them or someone spilling a drink on them.  Also the glare of the computer screen really gets to me after a while.

As for the kindle, well there's the glare too and you have to rely on a charged battery - no such thing with a paper book.

Yeah, don't get a kindle.

A really annoying thing is when you go to the library site and find a book that you  really want and then find that it is only available in electronic form, but just wait long enough and it will usually be available in print too.
Title: Re: What has happened to the book world? Not what it used to be
Post by: Bill St. Clair on February 12, 2019, 08:58:40 am
I prefer reading books on my iPhone, in the Kindle app. I greatly prefer it to paper books, mostly because lying on my side in bed, which is how I usually read, my upper elbow can rest on the bed while holding the iPhone, whereas with a book, I have to hold it up in the air. This prevents needing to switch from side-to-side to keep my arm working.