Saturday, June 7, 2014
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
I got the digital version of this book. It was recommended to me and it only cost about $4.00.
It's pretty well written, and the story line is good. However, it's not a "book." Weber has followed what has become the normal protocol for web book authors. You write what amounts to two or three chapters of a "real" book, put a cover on it, and sell it as a complete novel. But of course, it isn't. The idea is to sell the first book in a series pretty cheaply, then keep these little mini books coming. If they sell well, you boost the price on following books in the series.
I knew I was in trouble when my Kindle told me it would take 15 minutes to read. I guess you can't blame Weber and others for adapting to a new medium for their work.
So, it's a good book, interesting and well written. It's too short. It's not available in paper. I think I am going to start waiting til these books come out in paperback, and get all the little segments at once. This is too much like the old serial stories in men's magazines from the 1930's.
I have noticed quite an uptick in the number of kids getting hurt in young families. I am not sure why this is, unless the winter wore on the kids like it did the adults, and now the children are out there playing hard. So far, all the injured are small boys, a breed given to misadventure and mishap at the best of times. None of these accidents were preventable. Sometimes things just happen. Fortunately , though some have been serious none of the kids have been in life threatening situations. All I can do is feel for the parents, because the trials are just beginning. My son was about 12, I think, when he got his first dirt bike. I remember the disharmony that caused. My wife was dead set against it. I felt like he was old enough and I didn't want to raise a wimp. The first day we went out to the off road trails, he was really resplendent in all his new equipment and with his new bike. Like a medieval knight. I was really proud of him. Of course, our first trip to the off road trails led to the emergency room after he missed a turn and crashed into a metal and telephone pole barrier. I did not particularly relish calling his mother from the hospital with the news. Still, it was a good sport, he had a lot of fun, and he rode until he went off to Canada to go to school. Young men don't become good fathers and husbands by staying in the house and playing the violin.