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I have just finished reading “Earth” by David Brin.

“Earth” by David Brin (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Time is running out. Decades from now, an artificial black hole has fallen into the earth’s core. As scientists frantically work to prevent the ultimate disaster, they discover the entire planet could be destroyed within a year. But while they look for an answer, others argue that the only way to save the Earth is to let its human inhabitants become extinct: to reset the evolutionary clock and start over.”

This book was an impulsive buy in Waterstones a few months ago, and it took me a fair while to read it, as I kept getting bored and reading other books. This month, I was determined to finish it once and for all, and after a few sessions, I finally finished the 624 page monster.

The idea of a black hole falling into the centre of the Earth sounded a little bit ridiculous, but I was intrigued by the possible annihilation of human life and how people could deal with this.

It is good in the respect that it presents a future Earth where the planet is struggling to feed and shelter its species, mainly due to the impact of human activity. It’s horrible to see that the state of affairs means that many species of animals are dying out as their habitats are destroyed by the changes in the atmosphere and the weather. The humans are given water rations and are forced to leave their home countries due to climate change. Technology has become a way of life, with people able to find out anything at the touch of a button and privacy becoming less common.

There are lots of excellent ideas in this novel, but the characters sort of ruin it because there are too many of them which we follow the progress of. It does add to the novel by giving a more rounded impression of how different humans are affected but there is just a bit too much noise from these characters.

I didn’t find it to be as exciting as it could have been, at least not until the last few chapters where things suddenly get more interesting!

It is a well-written novel, with interesting themes and a horrible vision of the future for the Earth, but it’s just a bit too long and laborious to read. It makes you think seriously about the issues which we are only just contemplating now, and which could potentially shorten the human species’ lifespan on Earth if we don’t do something while we can. I give it 7/10, and might even have given it more if it hadn’t been so long.

dumbphone

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌmfəʊn/

noun

basic mobile phone that lacks the advanced functionality characteristic of a smartphone:there are still six dumbphones out there for every smartphone

Origin:

1990s: from dumb and phone1 (as opposed to smartphone)…

Taken from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dumbphone

I recently acquired a Kindle 4 for Christmas and am eager to avoid it ending up scratched and bashed like everything else (phone, mp3 player, etc all blighted by unsightly dents and blemishes) because i live by my personal mantra: “if it ain’t tough, it won’t survive”! So clearly it is very important to find a case which both protects my new gadget but is also not boring!

I have looked around and found some frankly rather boring Kindle cases provided by Amazon itself and a few others. Although i think they’re supposed to be more like a book cover, I’m concerned that cases like the one below will not protect the edges of my Kindle and will accidently open in a bag:

Kindle Leather Cover, Wine Purple (via Amazon)

This case style isn’t one i’m willing to waste my money on, even if it is my favourite colour purple! Amazon seems to charge a stupid amount of money for these cases, nearly half what the Kindle costs! There is also this one which isn’t too bad colourwise and has a nice clippy thing to keep the case closed, but i’m still not sure about it:

New Kindle Purple SD Folio Case – SD Tabletwear (via Amazon)

I did find some nice, less boring versions of that style, such as this Kate Spade one which is quite funky:

Kate Spade New York Kindle Cover (via Amazon)

There are the quite nice but extremely pricey designer ones, as shown on Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s blog:

Reader Chic: Designer Kindle Cases

Even though i’m not sure on this style, i do actually LOVE the pattern on this one:

Wild Rose Kindle 4 Cover – Oberon Design

It’s really beautiful, and they have many more different designs on their website for all Kindle models and also cases for other devices too, see Oberondesign.com.

And maybe this one is quite nice too:

Flower Kindle case – Lente Designs (via Amazon)

And then there are the sleeves for Kindle, such as this amusing one inspired by “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mixalot! (and that song got stuck in my head when i saw this!):

I LIke Big Books Kindle Sleeve – Cafepress.co.uk

Or maybe this simple one:

Belkin Knit sleeve for Kindle (via Tesco)

I would rather have a slip-on case which covers the whole thing and keeps it all safe and bash-free, maybe one like this:

SD TabletWear Leather Style Amazon Kindle Slip Pouch – Purple (via Gearzap.com)

Or there is this nifty reversible black and red one:

Forefront Cases NEW KINDLE 4 Black / Red Reversible Neoprene Case (via Amazon)

I am still undecided as to what to buy as i haven’t found anything that i like enough to buy. If there is nothing i can find that i like then i may have to design my own, either through one of these websites, medgestore.com, or bagsoflove.co.uk. Or i might just sew my own (looking like the easiest and cheapest option to get something personal and more attractive!

I will keep looking for now though, you never know when someone will bring something nice out!