Literary Scrutiny- Year Zero

I have been in an audibook binge recently.  Prior to this binge, the only experience I had with audiobooks were the Harry Potter series(read by Jim Dale of course!) and The Count of Monte Cristo(read by various authors on Librivox.org, they are awesome, check them out!).  Since then, I have dieted on mostly eBooks, paperbacks, and the occasional hardcover.  This changed upon discovering the Overdrive feature of my public library.  With the ability to listen to others read books to me, my book devouring was uncontrollable.  I would listen while waking up, walking the dog, at work (my productivity did not drop thankfully), and while falling asleep(I stopped after a while because I kept forgetting to press the pause button).

After many hours of listening to books, my travel eventually led me to this beauty.  Year Zero by Rob Reid.  The synopsis quickly drew me in and did not let go.  In a gist, the story is a metaphoric vehicle to show how ridiculous the copyright laws are involving music.  The main protagonist is Nick Carter (no relation to the famous Backstreet Boy) a lawyer for one of the firms who represent the interests of the music industry in copyright pursuits.  Throughout the novel, Nick is visited by aliens and informs him that Earth’s music is so popular in space that everyone has downloaded songs illegally for their viewing pleasure.  Because of Earth’s stringent copyright fine of $150,000 per song illegally copied, the rest of the universe now owes all of their material wealth to Earth (except North Korea for some reason).  As you can guess, the lack of wealth makes certain alien species hostile towards the Earth’s existence.  Some might even be glad if the Earth was destroyed somehow.

I can write pages of what happens in the book but sadly I prefer if you experience it for yourself.  The audiobook is read by John Hodgman, who is very talented and I strongly recommend people pick up the audiobook version just to hear his narrative prowess.  Hopefully, you would get as much enjoyement as I did while reading this sparkling gem.

Literary Scrutiny- The Importance of Public Libraries in our Day and Age

No, there is no actual book that possesses the long title of this post.  Though, if someone does end up using this in the future please feel free to give me a little bit of credit.

I started this post writing about one of the books I have finished devouring but somehow it keeps turning into ad advertisement for my local public library.  This is the second time I keep trying so you know what?  Fuck it, let me talk about my library and how awesome it is.

A few months ago I started becoming bored of binging on fan fictions from fanfiction.net.  How long have I been binging?  Oh, lets say around 2013.  Yeah, it was that bad.  The Harry Potter universe is like meth in the fan fiction world.

Harry Potter in Florida?
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Anyway, a few months ago I decided to begin reading actual books in order to clean up my home library just a little bit.  I did end up purging some books by reading them cover to cover but got stuck in my rhythm when I read Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew book, specifically the mist story.  The last time I read Stephen King, I had to stop because the story was so bad and didn’t go anywhere (I am talking about you Gerald’s Game).

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Picture of Carson City Library provided by Nevada Appeal

So I took a break for Skeleton Crew and decided to see what my public library had in terms of eBooks.  My library is the Carson City Library and it is awesome.  They have a ton of selections online through Overdrive.  Books, magazines, audio books, you name it and they have it.  I even saw they had a ton of resources online such as Lynda.com, Rossetta Stone, EbscoHost(the bane of my high school career), and other subscription based services for free.  All you need is a library card, it is that simple.  And no, you do not have to come all the way to Nevada to have access to resources like these.  Ask your local public library if they offer these and similar services you can use.

Ok, hopefully now that the obligatory shout out is outta the way I can focus of book reviews.  Right?