WWW Wednesday 22.02.12

Work has been keeping me busy and away from the blog. Even though I haven't been reviewing as frequently as I'd like, I have been reading. 

This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesdays (by ShouldBeReading.wordpress.com) and I'm sure it won't be my last. 

It's a simple but fun meme, you just have to answer three questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
Here it goes . . .
What are you currently reading?
As usually, I'm juggling multiple books and my reading ADD has been working overtime lately. I'm involved in three books currently . . .
Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Fluid by Travis Sentell

What did you recently finish reading?

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

What do you think you'll read next?

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Introducing Coliloquy & The Parish Mail Series

In their own words, "Coliloquy is a digital publisher of active fiction, specializing in reader engagement and serial storytelling. We leverage advances in technology to create groundbreaking new forms of digital fiction. Available now for Amazon Kindle."

As soon as I heard about Coliloquy, I was intrigued. Having been a huge fan of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books growing up, I couldn't wait to see what interactivity was offered by Coliloquy's new e-pub offerings. Unfortunately, Coliloquy titles aren't available for the Amazon Kindle Fire (though I'm told this is in the works) so I went back and forth on whether or not to purchase a Kindle Touch. Clearly, I opted to take the plunge and treat myself to an early Valentine's Day gift and I'm glad I did.

Coliloquy titles provide readers with a series of "decision points." Each of these points gives you a chance to change the story's outcome. This interactivity will feel familiar to gamers who play narrative-based or role-playing games. I started my Coliloquy experience with Kira Snyder's Dead Letter Office, the first in the Parish Mail Series.

Kira Snyder's creepy and atmospheric mystery is set in New Orleans, the perfect setting for a ghost story. Celia and her mother have just moved to New Orleans, following Celia's father's death in Afghanistan. Amid struggling to adjust to a new city, new family members, and a new school, Celia is also faced with a murder mystery and a charming young ghost. Celia and her friends become amateur sleuths, digging for clues to help uncover a killer's identity. Snyder's writing is full of humor and tension, the pacing perfect. There are several decision points throughout the book, beginning with Celia deciding whether to accept an invitation to a party from the in-crowd or to hang out with the less popular Tilly. I chose Tilly, she seemed way more authentic and I loved her quirky personality--she's someone I'd hang out with in real life. As the story progressed and we are taken further into the mystery, I could feel the weight of my decisions even more. There is one in particular that I fretted over, finally opting on the "eenie, meenie, miney, moe" method of selection. As cool as the interactivity is, it would not be nearly as fun without a good story to back it up and Ms. Snyder has provided us with just that. I can't wait to go back and see how different choices will affect the outcome of this tale; but, more importantly, I can't wait for the upcoming titles in the Parish Mail series to see what's in store for our young detectives. I'm also curious to see how some of the characters develop, as it's clear there's more than meets the eye in the town of New Orleans.

Coliloquy is creating something new and exciting, fully harnessing the power of e-publishing and providing readers with a rich, interactive experience that is not to be missed. I'm excited to watch this company grow and develop.

Here is video of Coliloquy co-founder Lisa Rutherford demoing the new technology and giving some hints of the the future of this start-up. (Content warning: some content NSFW)

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