I have a confession to make before this even gets underway: I used to be seriously into ARGs. I haven’t suddenly turned pirate; I mean Alternate Reality Games, aka “the next terrible step when you’ve grown up with D&D.” So I was all over this book, because it’s about damned time things on my Kindle started changing and reacting to input from players. Readers. Whatever.
Author: Leonard Delaney
WhatWhat: Christie Aackerlund, last seen in the grasp of a sea monster, is bored in its underground palace and starts writing Kindleporn. I’ve been there, Christie. Well, not the sea monster part. But the book is interactive, so she can’t get off until you-the-reader makes the next move…
She sighed, blowing a strand of her lava-red hair out of her granite-grey eyes. (loc 80)
I’m a sucker for books that know they’re books, and for all authorial nods to the conventions of their subgenre. Delaney has my number. In the colloquial sense, not literally.
She leaned back and, with a quiet hiss, her vagina opened wide. (loc 115)
Possibly Delaney is confusing “vagina” with “doorway on the Starship Enterprise” here. I’ve met guys who’d probably be capable of that mistake.
Verdict: It’s difficult to reach any conclusion here (which, coincidentally, is exactly what’s happening to the heroine), but I eagerly await the outcome of the author’s latest experiment in erotic fiction.