S. A. Barton was, up until the end of the summer of '12, one of the legion of retail workers struggling to keep his big dreams alive in an often uncooperative world.
Now... full time author and grad school student. The days are full of writing, for one reason or the other. It's the end of keeping dreams on life support and the beginning of them waking from a coma.
Next project: learning to fly.
on Oct. 16, 2012 :
Verbit is a fun story. S.A. Barton has a compelling style that keeps you reading. I have to say though that I felt a little mislead partway through. There's a section early on when the kid calls for a car using a public reader. He makes a point of saying he prefers using public readers as, unlike his cell pad, they have nearly perfect voice recognition. Ah ha, I thought. This is a setup for something that's going to happen later on. Sure enough, later in the story the kid uses his cell pad to call for a car, and after getting in, darkens the windows.
The car's going to go to the wrong destination, I thought. Though the kid has other intentions, he'll find himself in a situation in which he has to use the knife in some news-making way. This doesn't happen. The car arrives where it's supposed to, so why were such elaborate and ultimately irrelevant details about voice recognition devices included in a short story?
Despite that small hiccup, I enjoyed the ride, along with the twist at the end, and intend to read more of Barton's work.
(review of free book)