I’ve finally managed to get around to reading Mirror Shards, that would be the Anthology in which Karin is published. Because of that I wanted to do a careful reading of all the works in the anthology, and write reviews of them. Because of the desire to write reviews it’s been on my “to read” list much longer than I’d like. Partly because other books were out of the library which puts you on an actual deadline, and partly because I mostly read before bed. When I read before bed it’s pleasure reading, which isn’t appropriate for something that I want to review. Not having anything out from the library at the moment (or at least not that I haven’t already finished reading), it made it possible for me to get started.
So the first story in Mirror Shards: Extending the Edges of Augmented Reality, Edited by Thomas K. Carpenter is El Mirador by Alex J. Kane.
I was very much caught off guard by the story. I really didn’t have any idea what to expect based on the title, but I definitely had not expected a second person story, but that’s what I got. Interesting choice that. The ideas are good, the pacing is good, the story overall is good, although it left me wanting more. More depth, more detail, more Tzitzi. I guess realistically being left wanting more is definitely a better thing than wanting less. I also expect that it’s something that’s totally common among people who are primarily book readers, and even more so in my case as I primarily read series. So going from stories which typically are told in hundreds of thousands to millions of words, and instead down to something that’s more appropriately counted in hundreds of words. Odds are that it’s going to leave you wanting more. Even stories that very clearly have a completed arc are likely to leave you with questions like: but what happens next?
Bottom line, I enjoyed the story and would consider reading more work by Alex J. Kane, but at this point I’m not going to go to any particular effort to seek it out.