I was speaking last week at Lee Abbey at a Writer’s Festival and as one of the events I hosted a book group on Dissolution – one of the books in the pile by my bed.
It’s a real page turner. Or finger swiper to be precise: yes, dear reader, this was my first real foray into the world of ebooks. I decided to go to Lee Abbey and not take any printed matter with me – quite something for someone who normally travels with three books:
(1) the book I’m reading;
(2) a spare book in case I finish (1);
(3) another book in case I don’t like (2).
At first I was very conscious of reading it on the iPad, and it was almost as though what I was reading didn’t sink in. But I think the overall success of the reading experience can be guaged by the fact that once I got into the book I was so gripped that I was late for lunch. When you are that immersed in the plot, then you can safely say that the medium on which you are reading has become invisible. I’ll try reading one on the Kindle app next.
As to the book itself, the setting is good – a monastery during the dissolution under Henry VIII – and the plot certainly moves along. It’s probably a tad too long, and at times it was a little bit like historical-detection-by-tickbox (Detective with some kind of abnormality or eccentricity? Tick. Mad old geezer? Tick. Evil overlord? Tick.) I enjoyed it. Will I read another of his? Probably. But I’ve got to get through 33 other books, first.
Update: the Kindle app has now been updated to include the actual page numbers of the physical book. This means that if you’re reading for research you can cite the relevant page number. Big improvement.