Article: The eDiction


Are you a bookworm? Do you love getting your hands on a new book and can’t wait to devour the juicy story within? Does the scent of an old book make you warm and fuzzy inside? Well, you’re among friends here.

Before eBooks, book loving individuals needed to be proud owners of a library card (or several), have loads of dispensable cash or scrounge around at op shops and garage sales to feed the reading bug.

Another hurdle each bibliophile had to overcome was the storage of these purchased, gifted and swapped books. These delicious doorways into lost worlds and whimsy took up space. The delightful feeling of walking into a room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed with all manner of books, bound in soft leather and hard covers, almost sends book lovers into fits of pleasure. But realistically, most of us don’t have libraries on the scale of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, despite most of us hoping to get lost in that room for eons with nothing to do but devour those stories.

Amazing library

Look at this glorious library! Who wouldn’t want to spend some time in this room?

How many print books do you own?
I have between 100 and 200 print books at home. Most of them are not new, and most of them are unread.

With the invention of eBooks, the habits of book lovers all over the globe have changed.

Instead of needing physical space for books, we can store hundreds or thousands of books on eBook readers, storing them on electronic shelves in cyberspace. We no longer have to scrounge our spending money to pay premium prices for new release books. Instead, we can get thousands upon thousands of eBooks for a fraction of the cost of print books. Some authors and publishers are even willing to give you copies of their books in return for a review, not to mention the vast amount of self-published eBooks out there for free. eBooks are shiny and sleek and new, and can be taken with you everywhere without breaking your bank or your back. I think I’m getting dizzy!

How many eBooks do you own?
I own well over a thousand eBooks. Let that sink in a little. Over a thousand.

Based upon my reading statistics for the last few years, that is about ten years of reading. Even if I do not obtain any more books, I will be happily reading eBooks until 2025.

Think for a minute on that little piece of information.

Bibliophiles no longer need to worry about having physical space for books. The prices are lower and the books themselves are more obtainable than ever with the electronic age. The amount of books out there is only ever going to increase as it becomes easier and easier to publish eBooks.

If you only need to part with a couple of dollars, instead of $20 or $30, are you not more likely to do so? Does the ease in which this new style of book is available to us impact upon the desire to own them? Do they encourage binge buying episodes? Are our carefully structured rules for control over our voracious reading habits inhibited by the lure of the free or cheap eBooks?

I say yes!

But is a book addiction really an issue?

Book nerd problem #565

Book nerd problems – I know and suffer them all!

This topic ties in with the general ‘book addiction’ topic that has been covered in great detail by many others, ranging from book and writing/reading blogs, to book addicts. One I found particularly interesting:

Are you a book addict – ebook or otherwise?

Review: Fat Off Sex and Violence


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3 stars

Read on November 13, 2016

Synopsis: Improve your life through nonstop sex and violence!

Gary is a fucking loser. He spends his days jerking off to hentai and fantasizing about his ideal life. ne day while sitting in his hidden spot in the woods, he encounters the perfect girl. She is his ultimate fantasy. The only problem – she isn’t human. She’s an otherworldly creature who feeds on acts of sex and violence. Lots and lots of violence…and she is a complete glutton for it.

Fat Off Sex and Violence is the most extreme work yet by one of the most exciting new voices in horror. Don’t try to resist, give in to your worst instincts. Welcome to Shane McKenzie’s world.

Bookish Things: 130 pages. The cover is delightfully sinful and fits nicely with the WTF feel of the whole story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.06 or paperback for $10.95.

My Review: 

My first Shane McKenzie book and while not as disturbing as I was expecting, still enough gore and violence to keep me reading.

I didn’t love nor hate this, but I can’t really fault it either because it is what it is. Graphic horrific content. I felt a little removed from the action in this, almost as if I were a spectator behind glass. It might have been the character and my inability to relate to him, more than any writing style or technique.

Certainly not for those with weak stomachs or sympathetic vomiters, Fat off sex and violence should intrigue as much as it disturbs with its graphic content and explosive conclusion.

I’m keen to see what else Shane has on offer, this will not be the last of his I read.

Review: The Year We Finally Solved Everything


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2 stars

Read from July 20 to 24, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: The global economy is in tatters not because of humanity’s faults but because of its accomplishment. The country of Shan Won, a small island state off the coast of China, has cured all of our ills, and like a black hole, a piercing singularity of perfection, it’s sucking the world dry of its stability and leadership and power.

Bookish Things: 160 pages. The cover ties in a little with the story, but it’s not the best fit.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03. Continue reading

Review: The Other Half of My Heart


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3 stars

Read from July 04 to 17, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: “It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, and there was the trace of hot, fresh bread in the air. She took a deep breath and unlocked the door”

Fifteen years ago Bettina May’s life’s veered off course in one disastrous night. Still reeling from the shock of losing everything she thought was hers, Bettina opens a bakery in a village and throws herself into the comfort of bread-making.

She spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients. She meets someone. She begins to heal.

Until someone who knows what happens that night walks into Bettina’s bakery. In the pause of a heartbeat, fifteen years disappear and Bettina remembers a time she thought was lost for ever . . .

Can she ever go back? Continue reading

Review: Gifted Thief


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3 stars

Read from June 15 to 22, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother’s womb, I’ve been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don’t want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I’ve never looked back. I don’t need a Clan. I’ve got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.

Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I’m going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it’s just as well I have sense of humour. I think I’m going to need it. Continue reading

Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante


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ReviewStars-4

Read from May 25 to 27, 2016

Synopsis: Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results. Continue reading