on May 26, 2011 :
I give this story five stars, not because it’s “nice” as a 4 letter word, but because it makes me feel better about the box and screen I live in and work in front of every day.
I’ve read a few stories by Brenton Harper-Murray, and if a person needs some dystopian melodrama to make the grime of living seem less bad, then you have found the right author.
What do I mean by that ? well Buddha says life is suffering and Forest Gump says it’s a box of chocolates. If you want chocolate covered life, go read something else, if you want Philip K. Dick meets Franz Kaffka then read this.
Brenton is mercilessly witty and smart as hell. The story is perfectly written with great use of metaphor and bizarre transitions, plus the math mentioned in his science fiction is real math. The dream about the Kaluza–Klein theory in this story is superbly done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 20, 2011 :
This was an enjoyable and genuinely creepy story. Parts with the cartoon on the radio were especially scary, and unique. I would have liked more of a surprise at the end, and more explanation as well. But overall it was still a good read.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)