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Topic: Historical Novels
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010 8:38:04 AM
"The Fatal Shore," although quite fantastic, isn't a novel.
I thought first of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series.
Topic: A question about memory and learning from electronic versus paper sources?
Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2009 9:57:11 AM
There are some things that can be done to enhance
reading from a monitor. The page size can be narrowed,
so that a line of type is only two or three phrases
long. It is difficult to return your eyes from the
extreme right to the extreme left without having to
search for the line you were on.

Another suggestion is to use a serif font for the
body text. We recognize familiar words by their
shape, and the top and bottom serifs (or "rails")
are more common in printed bodies of text, so the
"serifed" word-shapes are generally more familiar
and more quickly recognized/read.

Adjust the body type to a size that you are
comfortable with.

Personally, I enjoy screen-reading, be it on a
monitor or ebook. Anymore, I am annoyed by having
to manage a physical volume, especially if it is
large and/or heavy.


Topic: Callicarpa
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 7:07:50 AM
Also known as "French mulberry."

-Jack Otis Moore
Topic: Dreams of flying
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:46:17 AM
I run and flap my arms and slowly, lumberingly take off.
Near the ground my control is clumsy, but with some
altitude I can soar and spiral wonderfully. Landing in
a tree is a real scratchy mess.

I love those dreams.

Topic: Does anybody use an "eBook" & if so, how do you like it?
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 8:28:02 AM
I have had a Sony PRS-505 for about two years now. I use it regularly and
like it a lot. It is light weight and the controls are conveniently placed
and easy to use, so that I can operate it with one hand if I choose. It
accommodates many file formats, and there is quite a lot of material available.
Text can be displayed in 3 sizes (I use the medium) and the screen is clean
and sharp. A full battery charge lasts a long time.
Topic: Next Day's Coach
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 7:05:16 AM
It means the conveyance leaving the following day.
Topic: Why do verbs change tenses in a sentence?
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:31:09 AM
The action verbs in both examples are past tense, and the
secondary verb infinitives are part of a descriptive phrase.

I played hard. Why? To impress the audience.
Sarah made some coffee. Why? To please the guests.

Topic: Recommended Audiobooks
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:31:26 AM
I agree completely - the reader makes all the difference.
Readers I have particularly enjoyed are Frederick Davidson
reading Robertson Davies' work, and Simon Vance reading
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. Michael Chabon
reads his own work well.

It is probably true, that just as tastes differ in books,
the readers I enjoy listening to might send you snoring.

Topic: Yet Now
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 8:36:18 AM
"Yet now" implies "despite previous reservations
or misgivings."
Topic: On Bygones
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 8:33:46 AM
Lacking context, it sounds to me like "bygones" refers
to "the way things used to be."