Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
Joe Hill

Published 2013

First Tweet
I'm only trying this because I'm so bored I wish I was dead. Hi Twitter. Want to know what I'm doing? Screaming inside.
8:17PM - 28 Feb from Tweetie"

Publisher's Description:

Come one, come all. The show's about to begin. Step right up for the Circus of the Dead: where YOU are the concessions. #CircusoftheDead

Dear Reader,

This will be a short review for a short story. This was an Amazon Single (99 cents)! I finished this single a month back and have been holding off on reviewing it, no clear reason why. I think maybe because I didn't "love" it. Usually when I love a book, I have so much more to say about it. I really love Joe Hill, mostly because he brings this new world we live in to his books. I get a little fan crazed when an Author plays with new technology and experiments with social elements. This was fun and interesting but had a few problems, it was hard to say if the problems were with the story or the experiment... I thought he used twitter nicely, built up some terror and mystery but maybe would have been more successful if this were read on twitter itself. I can only imagine a "War of the Worlds" type story (not this one) that will shock twitter followers into believing something is actually true (when in reality it's a fabrication from a brilliant Author). I think we're really close to something like this happening, some writing stunt/experiment that involves twitter. It's an interesting platform and I'm really glad I read this story because it opened up my eyes to twitter a little more. I want to know what the next successful attempt for something new will be. I'm even MORE excited that I live during these times of change and will be sitting front row for the show. Okay, so I hardly talked about the short story but that's the beauty of it... I don't want to give anything away. Joe Hill continues to be at the forefront of this movement of social writing experiments and I'll be right there with him and others, through the good and the bad.

Happy Reading,
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