“I don’t know what I’m looking for,” Tara responds, and for the moment her face crumples as though she might burst into tears, but then she composes herself. “Ethan, do you sometimes feel like you are dreaming, all the time?”
“No, I can’t say that I do.”
“I’m finding it difficult to discern between asleep and awake,” Tara says, tugging at her lace cuffs again. “I do not like being left in the dark. I am not particularly fond of believing in impossible things.”
Mr. Barris takes off his spectacles, wiping the lenses with a handkerchief before he replies, holding them up to the light to check for rogue smudges.
“I have seen a great many things that I might once have considered impossible, or unbelievable. I find I no longer have clearly defined parameters for such matters. I choose to do my work to the best of my own abilities, and leave others to their own.”
-from The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
(a great book that I can’t put down…)
After hitting the local library book sale and clambering home with a bag-full of hopeful treasures I begin to wonder at the duration of the book with all the digital devices in our world…and also the fact that I love to read books, which by the way, I’ve just discovered is not uber-chic. It’s uber-chic to be too busy to read a book, (or have time to watch Mad Men on TV), but it is still uber-chic to spend countless minutes, hours, days on your cell phone with very important pending text messages and call returning.
So, I’m not uber-chic. I’m not that busy. I can take an hour, or two and read. (still into the daunting Anna Karenina…). But of course, when I think of the word “book” I think of a nice volume that is full of glorious smelling printed pages, that contain words that “break up the frozen sea within us” as Franz Kafka so eloquently states. (See quote on right sidebar). But the word “book” can have more than one meaning, another comes to me right off, so the question has come to my mind:
What does the word “book” mean today?
According to Urban Dictionary.com these are the definitions of the word book:
1. A non-volatile data base that can’t be lost because of a world ending computer crash. It’s a data base that won’t lose information even if you spill beer on it, or drop it multiple times, though it can be burned. A book was used for storage before computers. Books are also used to store data for movies that haven’t been made yet.
Bill: What’s that in your backpack next to your lappie?
Ted: A book.
BILL: Wow? That’s so 1665!
2. If you need to look up the definition you’ve never picked one up in your life.
3. Verb: to leave or run in a hurry.
4. A tool barely used in today’s society because it isn’t cool to read a book.
5. Cool. The typing option given in spell check when texting the word book.
6. An object people place in front of their faces to take in new information. It is a text version of the internet.
7. Something on uses as a child booster seat in a pinch. An object used to level off un-level furniture. A coaster for your new uber-chic Crate n Barrel coffee table.
Where can I set my drink?
Set in on that Anna Karenina book.
…by the time I’m done the new Anna Karenina movie, starring Keira Knightley, will be out, thus saving me from the torment of getting though all the pages on my Kindle…okay, it’s not torment. I actually love reading it. It was the first tomb of a book I downloaded back in January. No, I’m not that slow of a reader, but with any disastrously long novel, I kind of lose it mid-way, and find myself veering off to other literary terrains. I feel a wit-bit guilty, since this is so thought of as one of the ultimates in classic literature. So my goal is to finish this book in the next week if possible. My Kindle says I’m at 64% into the story since it doesn’t display page numbers. Can I finish it? Do I have a chance?
So here’s the beautiful preview of Anna Karenina. It looks breath-taking, though the Vronsky actor choice has me confused. Keira looks like perfection however.
More free books! Here are the indies!
There's a gazillion of free indies out on Amazon. Just click backwards/forwards from this link ;-) Here's just a sampling of what's out there that I picked out as interesting for me (and will probably be free for a short time only)...
Enjoy the freebies!
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