Pretty Monsters: Stories
As I have promised some time ago, some notes on the books that I’m currently reading.  I also carry around a few other books, but today the focus is on Kindle books.
Above, my first Kelly Link book, Pretty Monsters.  I remember reading about the author in the special issue on Science Fiction novels of Esquire magazine.  I was interested, but I got an impression that she was a horror fiction author.
The reason I picked it up was because I saw a paperback edition at a bookstore, and it (paper) felt so nice in my hand.  It took some time for me to decide that I should not buy the paperback, but instead I should buy a kindle edition.
I only finished a half of it, but it is hard to put down.  The first story, Wrong Grave, is about a boy who accidentally dug up a wrong grave in order to get a piece of poem back from his dead girlfriend’s grave.  I especially love this paragraph:

“If Miles (the boy) had Googled “poetry” as well as “digging up graves”, he would have discovered that his situation was not without precedent.  The poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti also buried his poetry with his dead lover.  Rossetti, too, had regretted this gesture, had eventually decided to dig up his lover to get back his poems.  I’m telling you this so that you never make the same mistake.”

Her writing is so unique and imaginative that it touches my inner creative soul.  In Japan, you say “it touches my violin string”.  A violin, of course, is not a Japanese instrument, but we have something larger and similar in mechanism.  You get the idea, right?

Service Innovation: How to Go from Customer Needs to Breakthrough Services
I just bought this book, after reading the author’s article on Harvard Business Review.  (Lance Bettencourt)
His article on customer service innovation was insightful that his book must be good as well.  It got a great review on Amazon, either.

The Holy Bible English Standard Version (ESV)
I found out that English edition of the Bible is free on Kindle.  I downloaded that I can read it sometimes to enhance my vocabulary.  There are several versions, and I can’t figure out how they are different…