All readers will find a few gems within 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now.
As phones get more complicated, it gets harder and harder to find all the tasks they are capable of doing. Strangely enough, nothing comes with a manual anymore (not that I would read it), just when it is increasingly required to understand that computer in your hand. If there are millennials and younger reading this review, I know that YouTube is the new manual. However, you have decades of more time to waste watching people begging for subscribers than I do. Time is short! This book will take all of two minutes to find what you want in the index and follow the clear and illustrated instructions to set it up on your iPhone.
Brimming with useful info, it is a given that while many tips will be familiar, many more will inspire an a-ha moment. While many tips are how to set up your iPhone features, there also some for companion apps like Safari, Hiya, Maps, Uber and Waze.
Who doesn’t want Siri to have an Irish accent (at least on St. Patrick’s Day)? 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now is the perfect gift for the iPhone user in your life. The clear instructions and illustrations plus logical organization make it a great resource. 4 stars!
Thanks to iWorkshop Academy Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Non-fiction Tagged with: Sep 12 2018, technology
Malice Aforethought is a great British golden-age mystery with a killer twist.
Mrs. Julia Bickleigh was born into wealth and minor aristocracy. When her father blew the family fortunes before his death, Julia was forced to marry a common doctor. She never let her husband, Dr. Edmund Bickleigh, forget he was a worm well below her status.
“Dr. Bickleigh’s reactions to his wormhood were perfectly normal. He accepted it as one accepts a scar on the face. It was a pity, but there it was and it could not be helped.”
One day, the worm turned and the doctor began plotting his wife’s murder. He already had her replacement in mind, the extremely rich Miss Madeleine Cranmere. But first he must rid himself of his mistress.
Malice Aforethought was originally published in England in 1931. It had innovative plotting for its day with the whodunnit resolved on the first page leaving only the how to the rest of the book. After watching years of Columbo, the plot device seems rather creaky. However, the powerhouse ending makes up for it. If you like British golden-age mysteries, this is an excellent choice. It is also recommended to fans of Alfred Hitchcock films. 4 stars!
Thanks to Dover Publications and NetGalley for an advance copy.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: British, Golden age mystery, Sep 12 2018
Oblivion Song Vol 1 is a great sci-fi horror comic by the creator of The Walking Dead.
Oblivion was created ten years prior when Philadelphia was overrun by huge alien beasts from an alternate dimension. Unfortunately, the beasts like the taste of human flesh. 20,000 are missing and presumed dead.
Nathan works in a poorly funded facility that goes to Oblivion to rescue any remaining humans. When he catches two humans and teleports them back to Earth’s dimension, they tell him of 100 humans surviving in the countryside in Oblivion. Nathan is determined to help them despite government apathy, religious zealotry and aging equipment opposing him at every turn.
The plot, setting and world-building are terrific in Oblivion Songs Vol 1. Because this is only the first volume, the characters are rather thin but I’m sure they will be fleshed out in subsequent volumes. The highly saturated colors and use of stark shadows in some scenes contributes much to the atmosphere.
Is this the next Walking Dead? It’s too early to tell. However, it is good in its own right and definitely worth a read. 4 stars!
Thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for an advance copy.
Posted in Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Tagged with: near future, Sep 12 2018