Thursday, December 15, 2016
Desert Walk by S. R. Mastrantone
This is the first story in the collection that did not work for me.
The focus of it is a long-lost video game where the player is walking in the middle of the desert. Nothing really happens in the game although the player sometimes runs across an object but mostly there is just the walking.
Somehow it is a very addictive game and our narrator plays it for hours at a time without noticing the passage of time.
He seeks out the game designer and it is there that the story takes a turn into the paranormal that immediately lost my interest.
The ending itself seemed forced and simply silly.
Too bad because it was very good until then.
I usually look for an author's web page after I've written the review. The paranormal thing about the story should come as no surprise if you are familiar with the author; he seems to write quite a bit of it. It is a genre I tend to stay away from, just like I do with fantasy.
In any case, you can find the author here: http://thewrittenabsurd.blogspot.ca/