Instant gratification. That’s really what technology has brought us. Fast email, faster Internet surfing, instant messaging. Everything is immediate and nothing requires (much) waiting. This is one of the greatest appeals of eReaders like the Sony Reader (Pocket Edition).
I’m a browser. I’ll venture into the local Borders or Barnes and Noble or independent bookseller, and I’ll walk the aisles glancing at the covers and spines, the new books and the backlisted offerings. I also like mystery series—English mystery series, to be exact. Nothing upsets me more than finding a new series, looking for the first book in the series at the store and finding it missing from the shelf.
So, what do you do? Order it, wait a few days and finally get your hands on it to read. Of course, by then I’ve already started another book. Sigh. This is one of the true beauties of eReaders. Open the downloadable library software (it works much like iTunes), search an author, a title or a keyword and your choices pop up in the window. Click and (just like using iTunes), the book downloads into your library. Connect the Reader and in a few seconds, the book is loaded onto the Reader.
Sony makes several eBook Readers, and the Pocket Edition (PRS-300) seems to be the most basic. But it’s more than enough for most reading. It hold lots of books, it’s easy to page through any novel of any size, it weighs next to nothing. But back to my mystery series.
I got hooked on Val McDermid’s Wire in the Blood novel series after watching the dramatized BBC a few years ago. The series ran for six seasons and I decided to get caught up on the novels upon which the series is (rather loosely based).
The novel series, beginning with The Mermaids Singing take place in Bradfield England, a fictional city with lots of very insane murderers running around. The first case concerns the murder of four young men found in Bradfield. The investigation is headed by Detective Inspector Carol Jordan. (In the television series, Carol leaves after three seasons and is replaced by Alex Fielding in season four.) Clinical psychologist Tony Hill, a brilliant psychological profiler has the unique ability to piece together motive and evidence identify the most heinous serial killers. Hill is engaged to hunt this particularly gruesome killer. But in capturing the murderer, Hill may fall prey himself. As the case goes on we learn more about both Hill and Jordan, and we are drawn to Hill's intensity and Jordan's resolute courage as they are drawn towards each other.