3.20.2008

Charles Cumming's The 21 Steps

The 21 Steps is a short story designed to be read while following the action on Google Maps. It's actually a lot more interesting (not the story, the experience of reading the story with the map integrated) than I thought it would be. It adds a "sense of immediacy" (in quotation marks because I suspect that's meaningless) I didn't expect. Getting the story in little, delayed bits heightens suspense and clarifies the charm of cell phone novels.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

That is so cool! In an "I wish I'd thought of that!" kind of way.

peter said...

Basically poorly written fiction which was supposed to be made better by interludes where google takes you from one locus to another virtually. That's the problem though, the map adds nothing to story except for making it tediously longer.