Saturday, July 17, 2004

Something to read over the summer

I have been doing some a little reading over the summer and it has been wonderful. One of them is The Sex Lives of Cannibals - Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost. It is a real witty and funny book and concerns the story of a traveller who ends up on a not so dream holiday. Here is a short review from

At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is "La Macarena."

The book is downloadable in peanutpress e-book format from and costs US$8.51.

eReader is a popular book format due to the sheer number of downloadble new books as well as ingenius DRM policy. You can read your books on a number of platforms including PalmOS, PocketPC, PC and Mac. The e-book reader is free although there is a Pro version for US$9.95 (normal price US$19.95). eReader was formally known as PalmReader (which was owned by Palm, Inc.), which was itself formally known as PeanutPress.

You can also download a free e-book everyday during the duration of eReader's summer sale.

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