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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Steve Jobs Dies

On this day in 2011, Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer.

    

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. As the founder of Apple, there's no doubt that Steve Jobs has changed the face of home/personal technology and the way that many interact with it. But, Jobs is a complicated figure--not an easy guy with work with, or to be related to, and along with his massive success came massive failure.

iDrakula by Bekka Black. The original was written in journals, letters, and newspapers, so it makes sense to tell his modern version in blog, email, IM, and tweets. Check out the sequel, iFrankenstein.

iBoy by Kevin Brooks. When an iPhone is thrown off the top of a building, it shatters on Tom's skull. Some of the pieces are too embedded into his brain for the doctors to remove--they're so embedded that Tom has become a smart phone, with his brain able to surf the web and run apps. He wants to use his new powers to get revenge on the local gang that raped his friend, Lucy, but just might make everything worse.

    

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral. Glory is a piano prodigy known for mixing classical pieces with pop culture themes, motifs, and musical references. But soon, Glory is falling, all she can play are variations on the Chopsticks waltz over and over and over and over and over again. As she unravels, we start to see another side and have to wonder how much is true, or even real. Told almost entirely in photographs and almost wordless, it's a fast, but lingering, read. I'm including this one, because it's also available as an app, that plays much of the music discussed, as well as many other extras.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith. Smith thought that this classic comedy of manners would be more entertaining if they were also all fighting zombies. We don't know if it's more entertaining, but it is certainly funny. And, there's an app game you can play to kill the zombies yourself, while wearing a lovely Regency gown.

SnApp Shots: How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps by Adam Bronkhorst. This handy little guide is full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your camera phone and taking advantage of the different lenses, films, and finishes that photography apps offer.

Which books would you add?

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