For my second mystery I turned to Raymond Chandler, who I am embarrassed to say I had never read before. I remedied that by reading The High Window. It was the first book I read on my iPad! People sometimes say, "Oh, I have to feel the weight of the book, I have to touch the paper to enjoy reading." I have to tell you, I didn't really miss those things. Don't get me wrong! I love me my books! But it was not dissatisfying to read a book on my iPad. It was just different, and it was cool that I could say I want to read something by Raymond Chandler and basically snap my fingers and have it in my greedy little hands. Raymond Chandler is fun. He wrote in the 1940s, and I sort of felt like my inner voice was channeling Humphrey Bogart whenever I started reading. Dames are dames. Weak men are patsies, and strong men talk in short sentences and carry guns. It's a good time if you dream in black and white. It's also a good time if you live in Pasadena. The boozy old rich lady who hires Philip Marlowe in The High Window lives there. For your classic gumshoe novel this is a good place to start.
PS: more exciting iPad news. Now I also have a wireless keyboard so my iPad is basically a laptop. iPad is feeling so totally full of herself.
I like to think of this blog as a virtual sort of spa day or night out with friends. We relax, we laugh, and we get a little perspective from the goddesses and wise women who've come before us. So exhale, slip off your shoes, and turn off the phone. It's time to Begin Again.