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I Just Read: Dracula (1897)

I got the post-book blues bad. It’s been a long time since I had them this bad. All because I read Dracula.

I’ve tried to read Dracula before, a couple of years ago. I was turned off by the constant shifts in the book between letters, diaries and paper articles, which left me confused. This time, though, I managed to get used to it halfway through the book, so it wasn’t that bad this time. I also knew about it when I started reading the book.

And what a book! It is so beautiful.

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make

Most of you know the story of Dracula, I guess. The old Transylvanian count that wants to go to London. And all that follows.

Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!

The language is so beautiful. It has a certain poetic thing that only books up until sometime during the first part of the 1900s has. It makes the book a bit harder to read, because you need to use more of your attention to get those small details. But Dracula is a really good book, so it is definitely worth the effort.

And now, after finishing it, I have a serious case of the post-book blues.

Books!

I love books. I’ve loved books since I learned how to read. Actually, I think my love affair with books started even earlier than that, since my dad used to read me stories at bed time when I was a child.

This year, our local writer’s group decided to make a book club. Which is all kinds of awesome, because I get to read some books I might not have picked up otherwise. In January, we read the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I totally loved, by the way. The book for February is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which I own, but never read. So I have it somewhere, but I can’t find it.

Luckily, Dracula is old enough to be on Project Gutenberg, which is a page where you can download free and legal ebooks, mostly older works where the copyright has expired, so if I don’t find it, I don’t have to buy another copy.

I can hear you say “But Milladamen, why don’t you just borrow it at the library?” Well, if I borrow books from the library, it’s almost never free. I forget to deliver it on time, and I get fees. So that’s out of the question.

Later this year, we will be reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, the Martian by Andy Weir, Watership Down by Richard Adams and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The good thing is that I own two of these (Elantris and Watership Down), so I’ll only have to buy one or two of these. Frankenstein is probably old enough to be available for free, since it’s written in 1818, but I think I want to own it, too. It’s a classic, after all, and if I hate it, I can probably give it away, or BookCross it, or something. I don’t think I’ll hate it, though.

In other news, while looking for Dracula today, I came over a couple of other books I’d messed away and been looking for for a while, namely MythOS by Kelly McCullough (book four of a series I was reading, and had to stop reading, because book four was messed away), and His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, which I was going to read before Christmas, but then I couldn’t find it. The problem now is that I’ll have to postpone these two, since I’m currently reading the Island by Victoria Hislop, and need to read Dracula before March. Oh, and the fact that we have Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch in the house now, and I’m looking forward to that one like crazy. Husband needs to read it first, though, since I’m on a book queue, and he reads really fast. And then, there is Elantris to read in March. I have no idea when I’ll get to read something not on this list, but hey.

I also need to re-read the Stardoc series by S.L. Viehl soon, too. And Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. And more of Wen Spencer’s books. And then there’s the ordeal about this whole “Get ten friends to recommend one book each, and read them” thing, which is the reason why I’m reading Hislop right now in the first place.

I am also doing a reading challenge I found over at Facebook (link to PDF here), but then again, the two books I’ve finished this year made me check off five items on that list, since I’m not running hardcore, and can check off more than one thing if the items fit the book I’ve read. And the Island has already given me the right to check off at least two more, and I’ve barely even started the book.

I’ve also started the second draft of one of the novels I’m writing. I’ve never second-drafted anything before, so it’s kind of exciting. And when the second draft is done, people are going to read my book! This scares me senseless.

And in the middle of all this, there’s work, which has been crazy lately. I thought I would get one day a week of work. Instead, I get at least four days a week for another two weeks, since people are on vacation. And after that, well, let’s just say that I’m one of the few that are available daytime on weekdays, so if anyone goes absent for some reason or another, I’m there.

eBokBib: A kind of review

Norwegian libraries have now made an app where you can borrow e-books. Which is kind of neat, because I usually don’t remove real paper books from the house, since they get all wrinkly and torn in my bag. My tablet doesn’t get all wrinkly in my bag. This means I can read on the bus, and while waiting for my shift to start.

Play Store link
Apple Store link (although I almost decided to let you Apple people search it up yourself, because you use Apple, and I don’t like Apple. Look, I’m nice!)

The app is mostly usable for you guys who can read Norwegian, since most of the books there are in Norwegian. You also need a Norwegian library card to log in. The app, however, is both in Norwegian and English.

There are two types of books you can borrow: New books and old books. The old ones have no time restrictions, and everyone can read them at once. The newer books, however, works much more like an ordinary library, where you can borrow the books for a set amount of time (I think it’s 22 days), and only a set amount of people can borrow the book at the same time. Also, some of the newer books can only be borrowed if you live in certain post code areas.

The reading experience is actually quite good. On my Galaxy Tab 2 it works really well. There are a couple of downsides, though. Firstly, if it’s sunny, you might have problems reading, since it’s on a screen. Secondly, it’s not a book, so it’s not made of paper, and the best way to read is real books with paper in them, and books don’t run out of battery either. Thirdly, I got a weird bug where the text doesn’t show up when I choose Night Mode (light text on dark background, which is much better than dark text on light background if you’re reading in a dark room), and all the other modes light up the room when I’m reading in bed with the lights off.

Other than this, it’s great!

Right now, I’m reading a book called Råta, by Siri Pettersen. It’s the second book of her series Ravneringene, and I love it to bits. It came out in mid-October, and I’m reading it as a library e-book already. It’s also Norwegian fantasy, which is a rare thing, and it makes me, as an aspiring Norwegian fantasy writer, kind of giddy and warm and fuzzy inside. It’s sadly not translated, as far as I can tell, to any other language as of yet, but  I hope it will spread all over the world. It’s such a good series, everyone should read it.