Another end of the week round-up of miscellaneous jottings - the accumulated fluff at the bottom of the drawer of my subconscious mind. This week it seems to have a literary theme to it.
The other day I downloaded the Free Audiobooks App for my iPhone and I have become a great fan. With the election over and the football season at an end, the range of podcasts to keep me entertained whilst I walk Amy is somewhat limited. Audiobooks, which makes use of the range of readings available on the LibriVox website, plugs any gap, even on the longest of walks. LibriVox is the Internet at its best: free of charge, volunteer-based, and great quality. Free Audiobooks is the iPhone App at its best : well-designed, simple to use and costing less than a cup of coffee. Currently I am listening an fine reading of Arnold Bennett's "Tales of the Five Towns". Excellent stuff.
Talking of Arnold Bennett, I was in Leeds on Wednesday and decided on a lunch-time pint in the wonderfully old Ship Inn. I am never happy having a pint without a good book to read and therefore I stopped off at Waterstones for a browse. I have read most of Arnold Bennett's books, but I did spot a slim volume called "The Human Machine" by Bennett which I had never heard of before. It was published by a small publishing house that specialises in the publication and distribution of rare and out of print books. So Arnold Bennett and I went off for a pint at the Ship. A pint of Copper Dragon Golden Pippin later I discovered why the book had been out of print for so long. Far from excellent stuff. At least it shows that even the best writers can write a poor book.
Talking of books, I need some advice. So far I have managed to plough through 307 pages of Hilary Mantel's epic best-seller "Wolf Hall". There are a further 341 pages to go and I face the prospect with anything but unrestrained joy. Whilst it is well written and interesting from an historical perspective, I do find it lacking in pace. It is the kind of book that Readers' Digest Condensed Books was invented for. What I need to know from anyone who has managed all 600+ pages is, is it worth it? Or is life too short to sit alongside Thomas Cromwell watching paint dry?
Finally, a reminder that the Linky Sign Up for Sepia Saturday is up on the Sepia Saturday Blog. Most people now tend to link after posting so you will probably have to wait until Saturday to see what's on offer. But, unlike Arnold Bennett and Wolf Hall, satisfaction is guaranteed.