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Summer Fiction 2012 App
Summer Fun with Summer Fiction App
I recently found an App for my iPad from the Free Press that features five books of fiction that were or will be published in 2012. The presentation is interactive, giving this reading list a different feel. There is an excerpt, in scrollable text from each book and an interview or introduction from the author (audio or video). Some of the books have visual introductions of the main characters, There are also gorgeous graphics of the location where the story takes place. I believe the locations are featured in this App because they are an integral part of the story. The Summer Fiction App is also available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android. One problem I found with this App is that the slideshows go by too fast and it is not possible to read everything before the next slide appears.
The books that are featured are:
- Shelter by Frances Greenslade which takes place in the Pacific Wilderness.
- The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy which takes place in the Himalayan Mountains in India
- Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura which takes place by a remote active volcano
- The Other Half of Me by Morgan McCarthy which takes place at a Welsh estate.
- Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff which takes place by an ice Swedish shore.
This picture was taken by me of the App on my iPad.
Shelter - by Frances Greenslade
The Summer Fiction App presents Shelter with the following features:
- Excerpt from Chapter 1
- Slideshow of the Pacific Wilderness in Canada.
- A Book Trailer
- An audio Interview with the Author, Frances Greenslade
Maggie and her parents and sister live in the Pacific Wilderness. It is a rugged environment. Maggie's father has taught her and her sister, Jennie, how to survive there, including how to create shelters from materials in their native environment. Her father dies when she is ten. Her mother leaves the girls with some neighbors and goes off to find work and send money to them. Eventually, their mother stops sending money and no one knows where she is. Eventually, life becomes too difficult for the girls to handle. Maggie goes to look for her.
The Folded Earth - Anuradha Roy
The Summer Fiction App presents The Folded Earth with the following features:
- Slideshow of bookseller praises
- Excerpt from Chapter 1
- Photos of the Himalayan village where the story takes place
- Map of the village where the story takes place.
(The map is supposed to be interactive, but it doesn't seem to work).
- Audio interview with the Author, Anuradha Roy
Maya is a newlywed who finds out early in her married life that her husband is more interested in climbing mountains than anything else - including her. Eventually, he goes off to an expedition, but never returns. Maya decides to move to a small Himalayan village so she can be "closer" to Michael. She settles into her new home and gets to know the residents of the village. She eventually meets someone and struggles between the life she knew and the home she has made for herself.
Gone to the Forest - by Katie Kitamura
The Summer Fiction App presents Gone to the Forest with the following features:
- Excerpt from Chapter 4
- A video of a volcano erupting - very dramatic
- Audio with the Author, Katie Kitamura
At the time of this writing, this book had not been released. It will be released on August 7th, 2012. This is from the Editorial reviews:
The story focuses on the relationship between Tom and his father. It is a strained relationship that becomes more strained after Carine enters their lives. The volcanic eruption puts another crisis in their lives that leaves Tom, his father and Carine questioning their loyalties to each other and their way of life.
The excerpt that I read in the App describe the main character, Tom, after he finds himself being covered in volcanic ash and feeling like he's in a nightmare His father comes out of his room and runs out of the house into the cloud of dust. Tom goes after him, but finds that the dust is so thick and suffocating, it made him feel like it was the end of the world as he knew it.
The Other Half of Me - by Morgan McCarthy
The Summer Fiction App presents The Other Half of Me with the following features:
- Excerpt from Chapter 1
- Slideshow of the Welsh outdoors where the main characters grew up.
- Character Slideshow
- Design of an architectural drawing made by the main character, Jonathan.
- Audio interview with the Author, Morgan McCarthy
At the time of this writing, this book had not been released. It will be released on August 4h, 2012. This is from some of the Editorial reviews:
Jonathan and his sister are raised on a Welsh estate. Their father dies when their young and their mother can't raise them correctly due to her addiction to alcohol. Eventually, their grandmother comes back to the family home and takes over the household and raising the children. She tells them about their family history, but question the things she tells them as they get older. Jonathan starts to find out the truth about the family's past and eventually realizes what he has lost.
The excerpt in the App describes a day in Jonathan's life when he was eight years old. The author gives a very clear picture of Jonathan's life at that time with descriptions of his home and the people that lived there.
Some Kind of Peace - by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff
The Summer Fiction App presents Some Kind of Peace with the following features:
- Excerpt from the book
- Slideshow of the main characters
- Photo of an ocean scene
- Audio interview with the authors (who are sisters), Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff
At the time of this writing, this book had not been released. It will be released on July 10th, 2012. This is from some of the Editorial reviews:
Some Kind of Peace is a psychological thriller written by two sisters from Sweden. It's about a psychologist, Siri, who suffers from her own trauma in her life. She lives alone, is afraid of the dark and believes that someone is watching her. After one of her patients is murdered close to her home, she is more confident that there is someone out to get her. She decides to work with a policeman, her best friend, and and a psychology professor to profile the murderer and try to catch him before he strikes again.
The excerpt in the book are disjointed so it is hard to get any plot from it, but the writing is wonderful.
Summer Fiction 2012 for the Kindle (read it on the Kindle Cloud Reader) - "Where will you next novel take you?" - from Free Press Summer Fiction 2012
If you don't have a table or a smartphone, you can still have access to Summer Fiction You can download it for the Kindle and read it on your computer using the Kindle Cloud Reader. It is not exactly like the App. The eBook does not have the interactive graphics, audio and video that the App has. But is has more reading material including Topics and Questions for Discussion. The eBook is free.
- Recommendation from Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books
- A message from the author
- Chapter 1 of the book
- Topics & Questions for Discussion
- A conversation with Frances Greenslade
Interactive Reading List - Good idea?
This is a new way of looking for a good book to read. The App uses scrollable text, graphics, video, and audio to present the list.
Would you check out this App?
Do you possibly feel overloaded with so many types of interactive sections which "communicate" with you? Does it sound interesting?