Monday, February 09, 2009

Lovecraft, Heavy on the Love...

Don't know why I didn't think of this before, google "HP Lovecraft stories online".

Ask and ye shall receive.

Thank you, Project Gutenberg! I have only read a scant few stories of the master, but always had every intention of enlarging my story lore.

I suppose if I had the pricey little electronic gizmo (It walks, it talks, it slithers on its belly like a python! It shimmys like my sister, Kate!) Amazon is always pushing at me evey time I visit their site, I might be able to download all I ever wanted to read from Lovecraft.

That gizmo costs serious money. Maybe if I gritch and beg enough, the Amazon fairy will send me one for review at Texas Trifles. Alas, Bob was never my uncle.

I am not sure I could ever love an electronic gizmo as much as I love the feel and heft of an honest-to-goodness bound book. Maybe I am in danger of falling into the relic category. So be it.

Another thing that bothers me - letting Big Brother know exactly what I read. If I pay with cash, and don't sign up for any friggin' frequent shopper grab-your-personal-info-while-masquerading-as-a-perk plastic ID card, then no one is the wiser as to my reading habits except visitors to our house who peruse my small library offerings. No so with the supersonic electronic gizmo.

Just call me "Old School". I love real books, I love being anonymous on the Big Brother radar (but, what about blogging, you ask), and I love Lovecraft.

Love, love, love....everybody. Love is all you need.

8 comments:

Elisson said...

Lovecraft! Pattie, as long as I've known you, it's nice to know you still have the capability of surprising me!

You might enjoy these:

http://lolthulhu.com/?s=elisson

http://miscellany.lolthulhu.com/?s=elisson

Eunoia said...

Funny, but I get a lot of eMails offering to increase my Lovecraft. Are they too from Cthulhu?

joared said...

I'm sure with you about loving being anonymous and the feel of the old-fashioned book in my hands. Still, I find these new tech offerings fascinating -- had the one you describe demonstrated to me as a promo at a major bookstore chain last fall. Nice, but.....now I'm curious about the sound on the new one.

Whisky Prajer said...

A friend recently sent me to this link, where a former e-book publisher (John Siracusa) parses apart his frustrations with the still-burgeoning medium, while projecting a rosy future for e-books (but not print, which he thinks is fated to go the way of the horse and buggy).

If the Kindle were an option in Canada, I'd be completely on-board. I'm at the point where i give away any book I don't think I'll be reading a second time. That would constitute 85% of the books I buy -- and yet my book shelves still sag. Crazy, but true.

Eunoia said...

@Whisky Prajer,
8,073 read and counting...

K. said...

I'm with you on the book, even though I know that the electronic books probably offer more in terms of marking places and search capability. I'm not convinced, though, that they display type faces with the same degree of resolution as the printed page. The older we get, the more crucial that becomes.

Anonymous said...

Let's see -- if I drop my $27.95 book, I pick it up, dust off the pigeon droppings and go on my way.

If I drop a Kindle, I'm gonna kick what's left of it into pigeon droppings.

I'll stay old-fashioned with a real book.

Al...

ironrailsironweights said...

The first version of the Kindle was almost always sold out, it remains to be seen whether Amazon will figure out how to make enough available this time.

Peter