I have been participating in the Mavens’ wacky round robin (recommended!) this week and also had the urge to research the branching story structure as it appears in today’s literature. In case you like that kind of thing, here are some links to newer books that have interactive plots:
First off, “Choose Your Own Adventure” is registered term, and here is the site for the original books, currently being republished: http://www.cyoa.com/
There are two, count them, two Jane Austen themed interactive books:
There were a couple that seemed to be somewhat more “serious” in nature, insofar as I could determine:
http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Little-Mistakes-Do-Over-Novel/dp/0061133221/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199992547&sr=1-1 (Can’t tell if this is YA)
Then there were some classic spoofy ones, full of silliness but also adult themes. I ordered the Tijuana one and it’s a hoot:
Another area in which the branching story is enjoying a little refurbishment is YA:
http://www.amazon.com/Date-Him-Dump-Campfire-Crush/dp/1599900831/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199993071&sr=1-3 (YA Series)
http://www.amazon.com/What-Everyone-Knew-Your-If/dp/0385732961/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199993149&sr=1-1 (YA Series)
http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Your-Heart-Friends-Boyfriend/dp/0439791405/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199993314&sr=1-3 (YA Series)
http://www.amazon.com/Hook-Up-Break-Love-Random/dp/0060885637/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199993606&sr=1-1 (YA Series)
And lastly, I did find some links to books that seem to be bona fide erotic stories:
Here’s a short article about the new breed of grown-up CYOAs: http://www.temple.edu/ispr/examples/ex03_10_22.html
Ok, I’m taking off the research hat now. I have some mangled pacifiers to photograph, courtesy of Meankitty.
So this book of mine Samhain just released is an ebook for now, with the print edition coming out November 25, 2008. Anybody out there unfamiliar with the concept of ebooks? Basically it’s an electronic version of the text readable on computers and heldhelds, including specific devices created for that purpose, aka ebook readers. Most books these days have an electronic version. In fact, Amazon just introduced their own ebook reader to the market, the Kindle, and they hope you’ll download all your ebooks from them since you can only put Amazon ebooks ON the Kindle unless you’re a haxX0r. I heard people haxX0red their iPhones to read on them as well.
I read more and more on my wee, old PDA because I can hold it easily in one hand, it’s backlit (meaning I can read in the dark without disturbing anyone), and the font size is adjustable. Yes, the screen is small and I have to scroll a lot, but it works for me. (Photo: http://www.pdamuseum.com/sony_clie/sony_clie_peg-sj20.htm)
There are all sorts of ebook readers out there, but the reason I’m posting this is to provide the basic information and also to give you a chance to win a FREE ebook reader. Not from me, from a fellow Samhain author. The novel is “Strawberries in Winter” by Kerri Augusto and here’s her site if you want to give it your best email: http://www.kerriaugusto.com/
She’ll be loading the reader with a free copy of her book and another Samhain book of your choice, which…you know…could be MINE, if you wanted.
And don’t forget to vote at the Mavens’ CYOA today!
I felt like highlighting some particularly bloodthirsty members of my infamous Gallery today. However, instead of fighting with Blogger and Typing Slave I have given you a series of links instead of 13 photos. I call this series, “Cats Giving Their Humans What For.”
My selection process for this esteemed list was simple. I started at the oldest Gallery page and hopped around randomly until I’d found 13 appropriate images. There are tons more where this came from at the site. Enjoy!
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!
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Sharron McClellan’s holding a contest for the best comeback to somebody who snarks you for reading or writing romance: http://angryromancegrrl.blogspot.com/2008/01/got-snark.html
Go be mean!
A friend sent me this link. Cat eating corn! Is there anything funnier??
The slaves just up and disappeared on us the other day, something about a sick kid, so I took advantage of their absence to surf the internet. I found this for you:
They’re home with both kids now, and so I’ve had Typing Slave post this. Funny, yes?