Novelty aside, it's a pretty compelling read, especially if you are someone with a voyeuristic imagination. I'm always wondering about people I see on the tube (or more importantly, how I look to people I see on the tube!). On a personal level though, cyber novels have nothing on the experience of holding a real live book in your hands. I may be a puritan, but to me, bound books have a certain magic to them which the internet will never be able to capture. It was fun to be able to read while sort of looking like I was doing work, but I missed the security of having a novel to burrow into on the tube. I know electronic publishing is gaining popularity, but I'm certain the good old fashion paperback will never go extinct. Curling up in bed at night with a cozy book just can't be replaced by cuddling with a glowing laptop.
So I'm happy to have a real, honest to goodness novel back in my hands. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, is a zany, satirical look at London society between the world wars. According to my extensive background research (looking on wikipedia) it is heavily influence by my favorite, TS Eliot, and was recently made into a movie directed by Stephen Fry. Hmm... TS Eliot and Stephen Fry... two awesome things that don't really go much together, so this should be interesting indeed.