Losing the plot — 9 Comments

      • Thanks for the link – Arthur C. Clarke was very good at short stories like that.

        Isn’t the Kindle the one where you don’t get to “own” any of the reading material and Amazon can remove it at any time, or worse can “revise” it to comply with the current narrative, remove hateful words or ideas, etc.?

        • I haven’t a clue about all these readers and what I own and don’t. It just seemed to be an easy way of downloading books, and also I was used to ordering books off Amazon. It works and that’s enough for me.

  1. You can get the complete works of Sir Henry Rider Haggard on kindle for 49p. H G Wells is 99p I think.
    I don’t think I’ll ever run out of things to read.

  2. Arthur C Clarke, Eric Frank Russell, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, HG Wells, Jules Verne, Poul Anderson, Philip I Dick, Larry Niven, Cryl M Kornbluth, Daniel Keyes, Kurt Vonnegut and a few others I revelled in from age 12 on. We had a good public library and they stocked up on these authors. The readers were careful and the books lasted for years. I used to look out for the yellow hard-back book sleeves. Gollancz
    Fantasy? Meh. Never understood why it got bundled in with SF.

  3. Hi Grandad,

    You could always get into classic literature? Many out of copyright books are available free on Amazon, and if they are not, just look at sites like, or Project Guttenberg, ( Both have books in Kindle format. Go back to early reading like Wilkie Collins, ‘The Moonstone’, classic horror like ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’, ‘Frankenstein’, or early detective stories like those by freeman Wills Crofts, (he was Irish too). For travel books try ‘A Vagabond Journey Around the World: A Narrative of Personal Experience by Franck’. You will find enough on there to keep you reading for a year or two, and it is free! Enjoy. 🙂

  4. Wow! Thanks everyone for the author suggestions. There should be enough there to keep me going for a couple of weeks.

    Happy days.

  5. First we carved glyphs in to tablets. Then we wrote letter on scrolls. Next we printed books. Today, we scroll through books on tablets.

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