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Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

The Racketeer by John Grisham Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd I was a fan of John Grisham’s earlier bestsellers, such as The Firm and The Pelican Brief, which were made into Hollywood blockbusters. Then everything got a bit “samey”. So it’s been a few years since I’ve read one of his books. In The Racketeer the main character is again a rookie lawyer, this time in prison for a crime he’s been framed for. He wants revenge BOOK REVIEWS www.fredolsencruises.com 59 You know what it’s like. You’re going on holiday and you want to relax with a few good books, but all that reading matter is taking up valuable packing space. So for the seasoned and, especially the long haul, traveller eBook-Readers are a blessing. No more dragging a case full of paperbacks away with you, now you can store literally hundreds of novels, reference books, bestsellers and old classics all on one handy device. If you received an eBook-Reader for Christmas, or are thinking about getting one in the sales, we have some tips for how to get the most from it. The advantage for the traveller is that an eBook-Reader is so lightweight, weighing less than an average paperback in most cases. You need to feel comfortable holding it too, so choose one that’s not too bulky. Some eBook-Readers can store library books, which are free to ‘borrow’, although there is a wealth of free books to download and keep. It’s always good to get something for free these days (although the old adage that ‘you get what you pay for’ sometimes proves true too)! Don’t be tempted to try to use your smart phone. You’ll strain your eyes and what should be an 88-page book turns into a 1,100 page book, as a friend of mine found out. He was turning the page so often he lost the thread of the story. An eBook-Reader where you can alter the font size is ideal, especially if like me your eyesight isn’t what it was. Also reading on a phone or a tablet can give you a flickering screen effect, which isn’t conducive to relaxing reading, especially in bed. A non-backlit eBook-Reader, (look for Paperwhite, or low glare) will be much kinder to your eyes. A long battery life is also a consideration. You don’t want to be on an exotic but isolated beach, and just about to find out whodunnit when your power runs out! It’s wise to take your time choosing the right device. There’s lots of information online so doing your research is easy, as well as essential. You could be spending anything from £60 to over £400 (although for that sort of money I’d want it to read the book to me)! The average cost is around the £100 to £150 mark, so this is a big investment. Bearing this in mind, invest in a proper cover which zips all the way around to give full protection. Holidays invariably involve a lot of sand, water and long cooling drinks so you want to keep your device as safe and clean as possible to prolong life. For me nothing can replace the feel and thrill of holding an actual book in your hands. Nothing can replace the printed page – and after all no one can sign a copy of their latest book on your computer can they? But for long haul flights and extended holidays – like cruising – eBook-Readers make a lot of sense. Think of them as a complement to your books at home and you can enjoy the best of both worlds. on the FBI and when a federal judge is murdered he sees a way to bargain his way out of jail. The plot then twists and turns as Grisham takes us on a journey of witness protection, new identities, elaborate scams and double crossing. I found it a little slow to get going but if you stick with it, it becomes much more engaging as the story develops. Grisham hasn’t lost his talent for telling a good story about what he knows best, which is lawyers, the FBI and the American justice system. Perfect if you like a decent thriller and an undemanding holiday read. Is technology the way to re-Kindle your love of holiday reading?


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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