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Near disaster! (Though not as you may think.)
on 16 November 2011
There comes a time in everyone's life when disaster strikes. Sometimes it's disappointment with your best friend's decision. Sometimes it's a financial mishap that leaves you feeling less than flush. Sometimes it's a career decision that makes you wonder why you ever left school. Sometimes it's a romantic encounter than leaves you wondering if you were ever meant for anything more than your last fantasy. And sometimes it's a technical glitch that reminds you why your surname is neither Jobs nor Gates.
The aforementioned disaster refers to a much larger incident: the fact that my 3rd Kindle (yes, my 3rd) died in the middle of Frothy Coffee Stories, and I - seemingly at the time - had no way to retrieve these stories, stories that were not only helping ease my daily Tube journey to and from work, but were providing me a form of companionship.
Many years ago, long before the advent of e-readers, I accidentally left a novel I'd been reading in the front seat pocket of a plane on a flight back from the US. The novel I remember well. The ending, of course, I don't, since my jet-lagged, complimentary-gin-and-tonic-addled brain had completely forgotten that I'd been carrying anything more than a bag of duty free and a carry on suit bag. I alighted the plane without my book. This meant that, to this day, I still don't know how that story drew to a close.
Thankfully, modern technology doesn't normally allow for such mishaps - although it took me a while to figure this out. When my Kindle decided to freeze on the Jane Austen screen saver that dreary Tuesday morning on the Northern Line, my heart sank: not only did that mean having to contact Amazon yet again for another replacement Kindle, but, more importantly, it meant I couldn't finish reading this eclectic collection of surprise-ending tales. That is until I realised that my e-books had automatically downloaded to my phone.
My daily commute was saved!
So too was my curiosity, as I'd been reading a story about a woman who'd taken in a family that had become far too much for her. Without knowing the ending of that story when my Kindle died, I began to imagine the eventual outcome. Nothing could prepare me for the actual ending, however. Once I'd discovered that my Kindle downloads were synced with my phone, I was able to finish that particular story - with its surprise ending - along with the remaining stories in this must-have book.
One of my favourite writers is O. Henry. I love his sense of humour, his uncanny ability to capture the human spirit, and, of course, his surprise endings. Tabitca encapsulates the spirit of O. Henry perfectly, in all respects.
My advice to you, dear reader, is to download this book to all your e-reading devices. I'm not necessarily saying that your Kindle will kick the bucket (as mine did 3 times), but you don't want to be in a situation where you aren't able to read these stories. That would be devastating.
I'm a bit slow with this review, as I read this collection a couple of months ago. But re-reading and re-reading again take time, whether on my iPhone, my laptop or on my 4th Kindle.