First off I've upgraded the firmware on my Sony eReader. Woohoo it finally does a really good job with PDFs - no more worries about having to use a magnifying glass or a secondary program like Calibre to put it into a more readable format. LARGE print now really means LARGE print. And if I'm not mistaken, the battery is lasting longer than it did. I read a thousand pages of Joey Hill's The Vampire Queen's Servant yesterday and it's still fully charged. So my opinion has become a very firm thumbs-up for the eReader. I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
And I just finished upgrading the eReader library on my laptop - but not my desktop - from version 1 to version 2.
Plus I upgraded Calibre (laptop, not desktop) to its newest version, but frankly, with the new upgrade Sony's just done, I don't know if I'll need that program any more.
And finally, after spending an hour and a half backing up my desktop 'just in case', I finally allowed my desktop's Windows XP system to upgrade to Service Pack 3. I had a lot of apprehension about it - on some of the loops I've been on, and from things Gizmo Guy has seen swirling on his techie loops, it's caused some computers to crash and the users to have to reformat/reload everything. Thankfully it went well though it took several hours to finish. I've still to upgrade my laptop but I'll leave that for another day.
I've also upgraded my Firefox to version 3 on my desktop - and again, not on my laptop. It's tough to keep track of what's been upgraded where with both systems. I need to start keeping a diary. Or reading my blog ;)
As for Ms. Hill's The Vampire Queen's Servant ... The paperback version of The Vampire Queen's Servant is 384 pages, by the way and received a full five lips over at Two Lips Reviews It's a very dark compelling glimpse into a vampire world heavy with BDSM. The story is fantastic, but not for the faint of heart or someone expecting an HEA. I'm not talking about a little light bondage or an occasional flogging many of the books I've read (and written) get into. It ventures heavily in to the S&M part of the world too. So you're warned.
Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who's been given a new servant-Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman's wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life, and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Elyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected-a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.
Although, I must admit, I was slightly ticked off to discover at the very end (at 1:30 a.m. because it was one of those books I just had to finish in one sitting) that it's the first book in a series. I reminded myself of some viewers unfamiliar with Tolkien's world as they left the movie theatres at the end of Fellowship of the Ring. "What do you mean, we won't know if Frodo succeeds until the third movie?" I will be looking for book two though - The Mark of the Vampire Queen.