by Mike Shea on 14 November 2003
I haven't yet mentioned it but over the past couple of months I have been re-reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Rather than hammer through the books, I bought all five of the books including the latest "Wolves of Calla" on unabridged CD, ripped them to MP3, and stuck them on my iPod. Now I have about four thousand pages of text read allowed to me on my commute to and from work. It has made a normally miserable commute a pleasure.
series is one of the best fantasy tales we have next to The Lord of the Rings. It is a long and rich tale full of mystery and wonder and some of the greatest characters to ever walk in our minds. This is King's best book next to The Stand, a book not yet available on unabridged CD unfortunately.
With my 40 hour a week Everquest time and my 50 hour a week work schedule, I don't have a lot of reading time. Finding something useful and entertaining to do during that extra five hours of commute time I have is like finding a stream of gold under my apartment. It is a true pleasure, and another reason why the iPod has become an indispensable part of my electronic life.