from my iPad

I wanted to try a blog post from the iPad, so here goes. Usually I post from my laptop.

I LOVE ♥ the touch screen! I also love reading on the iPad. First book read: Room. (I wanted to start with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it’s not available from Apple. Then I thought I’d read Freedom, but after I downloaded the free 40 page preview, I found it was so insufferable I couldn’t imagine reading the entire thing.

So I went with Room since there’s been. so. much. hype. Also because I wanted to read something short-listed for the Man Booker award to see what other people consider to be good literature these days. Even though the idea of picking something, anything, and calling it THE best book of the year is preposterous to me.

I can’t figure out how to write about the book without spoilers. Room was a compelling quick read and I really wanted to know what would happen next. Parts of it were very clever and believable. And heart-breaking.

Parts of it were not — it’s next to impossible to tell a story like this from a five year old’s viewpoint, I think, without making the kid’s perceptions sound phony — like a grown-up pretending to think and talk like a five year old.

Oh.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time does a much better job, I think, of getting into the head of a child in a believable way.

What I appreciated most about the book — even though the author never acknowledged it in the book itself or in the interview I heard tonight on NPR — was the use of real happenings as a jumping-off point for a fictional story. I was one of the millions of people who followed the Elisabeth Fritzl story and wondered how the family was able to survive their horrendous ordeal.

Room offered some possible answers, and that is, I think, its strength.

Okay, *SPOILER ALERT* ahead. You’ve been warned.

Once Jack and his mother escape, telling the story from Jack’s perspective simply doesn’t work. It’s a struggle for a reader to try to fit inside Jack’s head when his head doesn’t (or shouldn’t) wrap around reality — particularly what his mother is going through — with an adult sensibility — and that’s what comes across, an adult sensibility, not a five year old. So the disconnect is unsatisfying in a story which is already unsettling enough, especially since we know there are at least a couple of ‘real life’ versions of this story hanging around out there in the world….

I wish part of the story at least had been written from the mother’s point of view.

Gah. I wanted to post from the iPad. Now I find myself searching for my pacifier, my Nuk, my mouse — and it’s not part of the iPad experience. I know — I’ll learn, I’ll adjust.

But maybe not tonight. It’s a leetle hard for me to edit a wordpress post from the iPad, so please enjoy the haphazard mix of past and present tenses and don’t get whiplash as you careen from one to the other.

G’night.

11 comments to from my iPad

  • Oooh, technology! Very spiffo 🙂 And I would never have known you were posting from the iPad if you hadn’t mentioned it.

    • Natasha

      Usually I’d link to the books on Goodreads or something but it’s a little clunkier to do it with the iPad so I didn’t. I hope your tech woes end pretty soon!

  • How do you find typing from the IPAD? Do you think you can use it during NaNo?
    Nice new gadget, and not bad for posting. I didn’t have trouble reading your post, no whiplash.

    • Natasha

      Full disclosure: We have a wireless bluetooth full-size keyboard for the iPad. Without that, I don’t think I could do much more than email, and definitely not NaNo. Oh, yeah, and technically the iPad is A’s. 🙂 But he lets me use it.

      I have a Sony Vaio laptop that I bought a bunch of years ago when I was traveling a lot for business and my only requirement for a laptop then was that it be the lightest weight available. It has a small keyboard and I found that it was uncomfortable when I did a lot of typing. I think I’d worry about carpal tunnel syndrome or something using a small keyboard — my fingers did cramp up a lot when I used it.

      But the iPad is GREAT for reading, I think.

  • Thanks for the review! And from your ipad too!! I’m so tech-naive that one of these gadgets is not even on my “wish list”. Maybe after they have been out for 10 years.. 🙂

  • I wish I were savy with technology. I’m just not. 🙁 One day I’ll have to find someone to teach me everything I’m supposed to know, but for now I’m just happy knowing how to get around in word and excel. Heck, I just learned how to record my poems and place audio and or visual file in Onenote should a publisher request the MP3. I thought that was a major accomplishment. LOL

    • Natasha

      DS, that IS a major accomplishment, are you kidding??? I don’t have Onenote but it sounds like it’s pretty versatile and useful tool for you. And you are using it in lots of different ways.

  • Very cool that you got an iPad! I didn’t think it would be very easy to type on it for work, which is why I decided against one. But they look pretty cool!! Congrats on your new baby. 🙂

    • Natasha

      Thanks. We got a full-size wireless keyboard for the iPad (very lightweight, elegant — typical Mac) and that makes typing a breeze. There are a couple of kinks with using the iPad to post in a WordPress blog, i.e. there’s no scroll bar for categories — but that will change. Geeks are cranking out new apps really fast!

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