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Book review: Orpheus on the Underground and Other Stories, by Rhys Hughes, Tartarus Press
January 12, 2015 | 6:32 pm

Tartarus Press, as some Teleread readers at least will know by now, is doing a sterling job of producing a really fine series of contemporary and classic British (and other) dark, weird, strange, and horror fiction, with some excellent and unbelievably cheap ebooks to accompany their high-quality print editions. Latest addition to their list is Orpheus on the Underground, by Welsh author Rhys Hughes, who received a lot of extremely approving recognition for his 1995 Tartarus volume Worming the Harpy and Other Bitter Pills. British writers very often major in whimsy - a sort of literary corollary to that famous well-bred English...

First Impressions: Macbook Air
December 31, 2014 | 12:25 pm

macbook airMy Season of Tech Upgrades concluded with the arrival of my sparkly new Macbook Air. My existing Macbook Pro is about five years old, and showing its age. I installed Mavericks over the summer and managed to eke out a few more months, but lately have been finding that it has to stop and think---for a long time---to do even the smallest tasks. So...here I am, typing my very first Teleread post on my new baby. Here are my first impressions of the Macbook Air. THE ORDERING PROCESS It could have been easier. If you want anything changed from the weak in-store...

Review: iPad Air
December 27, 2014 | 12:18 pm

ipad airIt has been the season for tech upgrading in our house! My iPad and Macbook both got replaced, and we got a second Apple TV for the main television. I don't love doing all of this. It is nice to have new things, but I always cringe at spending the money! Thanks to a well-timed sale of my previous iPad and some other tech has-beens, some holiday gift cards and a some teacher discounts, I managed to get the whole kit for under $1000, which is pretty impressive considering the sticker prices. So, here are the first of my reviews: the...

Book review: Blood Will Have Its Season, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Hippocampus Press
November 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Joseph S. Pulver Sr. is one of the leading authors and editors in the modern dark/weird fiction genre constellation, and Blood Will Have Its Season was his first collection of short fiction. It instantly put the author on the map with its resonant title and its daring and experimental fusion of Surrealism and Expressionism with pulp and hard-boiled influences, as well as heady whiffs of Symbolist and Decadent prose and, of course, the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers. It even has a foreword by S.T. Joshi, doyen of Lovecraftian studies. Renowned horror editor Ellen Datlow made eight out of...

Review: 1 Voice Bluetooth Ear Warmers
November 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

bluethooth ear warmersYou know how sometimes that thing you wanted without even realizing you wanted it comes along? That was my reaction when I received the email from 1 Voice about their new Bluetooth ear warmers. They sent me a sample, and I was eager to try them out, especially since temperatures have been dropping, and I wanted to continue my morning walks with an audiobook. How perfect would that walk be without worrying about ear buds? Unfortunately, although the product works exactly as advertised, they don't fit well on my head. However, they might be perfect for you. Let's start with the basics....

Accessory Review: Inateck USB 4 Port Hub
September 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Inateck USB 4 Port HubSome Android devices have micro-SD slots and some, like the Nexus 7, do not. If you listen to a lot of music or like to load video to your device, you know it's easy to run out of space. Without on-board expandable storage, what are your options? I just came back from a camping trip, and I used my HooToo TripMate Elite for streaming video to my iPad, but maybe you don't want to carry something so large, or you'd rather not be broadcasting your files on a WiFi connection. That's where the Inateck USB 4 Port Hub could come in...

Accessory Review: Tablift Tablet Stand
August 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

tablift tablet standOkay, yes, I admit the first time I saw this, my reaction was something like: weird steampunky fusion of tablet and mechanical spider. I don't know which of us started singing "Spider Thing" to the tune of "Spider Pig" from the Simpsons, but both my husband and I have had the theme running through our heads for days. Obligatory editorializing over, on to the review. As is obvious from the picture, the Tablift Tablet Stand is a  hands-free tablet stand, and it does work pretty much as advertised. I tested it with my iPad 4 in landscape orientation and my Nook HD...

App Review: Google Play Books for Android
June 17, 2014 | 12:19 pm

Screenshot_2014-06-17-10-57-52I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came across this Lifehacker piece calling it “the best e-reader for Android,” I figured it was worth trying out. And darned if I don’t by and large agree. Offering a simple and easy-to-use reading interface and cloud reading-position sync with all books, Google Play Books is...

Gadget Review: RAVPower Dynamo-On-the-Go
June 13, 2014 | 2:07 pm

RAVPower Dynamo-on-the-goI've been a fan of RAVPower ever since they sent me a 14000 mAh external battery to review. So when they offered me a [easyazon-link asin="B00KKCQ7SC" locale="us"][2-in-1] RAVPower® Duo 7800mAh Portable Charger[/easyazon-link], I said, "Yes please!" It's ironic that it's described as great for camping, and they offered it to me a day before I was leaving for a camping trip, which meant it didn't arrive in time for me to use it. However, I can certainly see why it would a great camping accessory. I hadn't really clued in on the fact that it's cammo-colored, so I had a good chuckle when I...

Review: SwiftKey Note for iOS
May 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

swiftkey note for iOSOne of the things I love most about the Android platform is the ability to use third-party keyboards, like SwiftKey, which has an uncanny predictive ability. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't allow third-party keyboards. The stock keyboard is okay, but it doesn't have crazy good prediction. The folks at SwiftKey have coded a work around called SwiftKey Note for iOS. It's a separate app, so you can't use it systemwide, but if you can live with the limitations of only using it in the dedicated app, it has utility. The app syncs seamlessly with Evernote, so if you use it, SwiftKey Note might meet...

N2A card on Nook HD: Two weeks later
March 11, 2014 | 12:23 pm

n2a card on nook hdI reported a few weeks ago that I had purchased an N2A card running Android KitKat for my Nook HD. I'd planned to use it for at least a week as my (close to) sole tablet and report back on my findings. I've now used it long enough to make some recommendations, and I made a few surprising discoveries along the way. The Nook wasn't quite my sole tablet. My iPad is just better for some tasks, but I used my N2A-running Nook enough to give it a good workout. I'll get my biggest objection out of the way first. It's not...

Review: Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
February 28, 2014 | 6:58 pm

coverIf you type the words into Google, you’ll find that random story generator sites are everywhere on the Internet. It seems like people have discovered the randomness of computers can help them shuffle up a bunch of basic archetypes and come up with a plot outline they can write to. But there’s a set of random story generation tools out there that pre-date the Internet by most of a century—and while not as old as some people claim they are, they’re nonetheless old enough, and well-used enough, that they can make a great tool in any writer’s toolbox. I’m talking about...