Fifty-Two Friday: Report on Internet User By Andrew Pippos

Title: Report on Internet User by Andrew Pippos.
Date Read: 25th February 2011
Briefly: A snapshot of an evening in the life of an Internet user.
Afterthoughts:What makes this story interesting is not just the fact that it is presented in the form of a formal report, but that the details in the report are wholly intimate and personal; definitely not the kind of content one would expect in a formal ‘document’. Does it work? Well it certainly gives the reader something different from the norm to think about, and for that reason I applaud the author for showing such ingenuity.
Notable Quote: Eats dinner in front of computer, listening to English band active between 1989-1996. Sends text message to single woman unlikely to respond. Disregards fact she never replied to message three weeks ago. Finds diversion: spends large sum of money on Japanese denim from online store. No reply to text. Drinks rest of wine bottle, opens beer. Removes T-shirt and looks at self, disgusted by pelt of fat covering chest and stomach.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This time last year…

Title: Jailbreak by Kevin Sampsell.
Date Read: 25th February 2011
Briefly: The narrator speaks of the string of violent crimes which have left him serving a perpetual prison sentence.
Afterthoughts: This story is somewhat gritty and graphic in parts so it may not be for everyone, but if you like your stories a bit ‘Tarantino’ then you’re going to love it. The storyline does get a little silly and surreal at one point, but I’m all for inventive storytelling (to a point), so that was no big deal (for me at least).
Notable Quote: It started with the parking citation. I just went into the store for a second. A loaf of bread and one of those new Snickers bars. Five seconds tops. When I get back out the ink is still wet on the ticket as it flaps under my windshield wiper. I look around and spot the bastard getting into his parking-enforcement buggy.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).