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Relationship Status (Auto Series) [Kindle Edition]

David Wailing
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What will social media be like in ten years time?

Like everyone in the year 2022, Amy relies on her auto. It's the digital version of her: filtering the internet, interacting online, organising her calendar and automating every aspect of her life.

Even her lovelife.

Amy's auto knows who should be her partner. Whether she likes it or not...


Relationship Status is a 7,000 word story. It is part of the Auto Series and is included in the novel Auto.

Product Details

  • File Size: 182 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Wailing (April 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RGCX5A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the work of David Wailing May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is the short story of Amy, whose "auto" reports that she's in a relationship with a man she's never met. However, it's much more than that - it's also a shrewd and often amusing portrait of a future in which social networking and convenience technology have gone mad.

Relationship Status was first written for a Valentine's collection called Hearts and Arrows which I avoided because Cupid and me aren't really on the same wavelength. However, I was delighted to find that this short did not make me want to barf once. It was witty, discerning and at times, surprising.

I meant to read half of it in the bath, but was enjoying it so much that I kept going. Now I look like a prune and it's all Wailing's fault.

Whilst the plot was good, I felt that the strongest aspect was the deft social commentary.

Although this story was very short, I feel it was well worth the 77p that I paid for it. If I wasn't already a fan of David Wailing, this introduction would definintly tempt me to try his longer books such as Fake Kate or Bang (Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Möbius Strip of Love May 27, 2012
By Sky
Format:Kindle Edition
Amy lives in the all-too near future, 2022, dating and relating in the city.

Tedious chores such as answering emails, communicating real feelings, or making everyday decisions have been automated for convenience, and 'the auto', or excessively-smartphone, is indispensable. So far, so fun, until she discovers one day that she is not as young, free and single as she imagined. Astonishingly, she is in a 'relationship' with an unknown man, chosen by her auto, and is in fact shackled to the auto itself.

Trapped in a mechanized nightmare, where every move she makes leads in the same direction, she soon finds, like the housewives of the '50s with their newfangled mechanical helpers, life can be far tougher with the machine than without. Wasn't the computer originally intended to make processing information easier and faster? Naturally, we all spend a minimum of time using it.
Ahem.

She is caught on a möbius strip of love, and there is no way off... Or is there?

I enjoyed it very much.

The lingering unease is disturbing, but of course this dystopian vision would never materialize.
I could give up my phone any time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AI determined - directed (people optional) September 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is second work I have read by this author to date. I intend to read more. These are so novel and interesting to an old unsaavy (techy speaking) gal.

Face time is not required in Mr. Wailing's worlds for mundane or ordinary tasks. In fact, facetime seems to impede interface time (device usage) and is done begrudgingly (at least by this MC). Social niceties seem near drudgery in this fascinating conceptual world Wailing leads us through. To further ease the burden upon all, AI has reached proportions that make procreation (seeming) the only impetus for humans to interact due to the lengths that the "autos" manage to go. Although, who knows what the future holds...

Again, as with the last, I found the devices (plot wise) plausible and relatable - even for my lack of any saavy related to tweeters, hisspace, herspace, facespace, google circles (her, him, us, friends, acquaintences, foes, family, linkedhere, branchedthataway, etc. (I DO have facebook ;) - but that be it for this lass) .

Short story long:

Gal firmly ensconced in her world and happily moving along alone (for the most part) . Out with pals and headed home to manage her exhorbanent amount of autocreated world work when she espies herself on a beach holding hands. A quick glimpse at her lifeline shows some wonky data has been posted. While trying to correct the error her world becomes chaotic as her co-pilot (auto device) decides she wants to be head pilot. And then? Gets wild and you will have to read to find out just how far the AI enviorment can go with Mr. Wailing at the wheel...

Recommend author.

Christine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read. May 25, 2012
By Rhonda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great little story. Relationship Status moves at a perfect pace, sometimes funny, then a little frightening, and back to funny. Noting the current fascinations with and addictions to social networking, the story is easy to relate to and totally believable in a futuristic sense. I enjoyed it very much.

Relationship Status is a clean and easy read. No foul language or violence. Great writing style. The editing is clean, no snags to slow you down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new world? May 25, 2012
By Raci
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this short story, so much so I was late back to work from lunch just so I could finish it! Its terrifying to think that this could be where we are headed but described with so much humor it read like a dream!
Going to go check out his full length novels now and more than likely get engrossed!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is in the network May 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought this a very appropriate story for the current times with our increasing dependance on 'smart' phones, internet, wirelessness, social media sites such as twitter and Facebook and all other sorts of technology. It is exciting and yet terrifying to think that perhaps this will be how life works in 10 years time!

Towards the end I was unsure whether we were headed for a horror or romantic style ending, thankfully it was a happy ending (in my opinion, others may argue that it was in fact horror...)

I just love David Wailing's [written] attitude to relationships and have enjoyed a couple of his other short stories as well as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Scary Reality
This was a GREAT find!! I'm so glad I read this short story! I remember getting it a while back for free on amazon and thought eh why not. Now I am so glad I did. Read more
Published on April 27, 2013 by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Short Read!
This was a very entertaining short read! This story really got me thinking about where our technology is taking us, in a rather thrilling way! Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by Karen G
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series!
Another crazy ride in the Auto Series! Why do I feel like this Series was written for me, and me alone? This one hit close to home, as did the others I've read. Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by L-Booknerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping 'Auto' instalment
This is the second book I have read in David Wailing's 'Auto' series (which can be read in any order) and it is a short but highly enjoyable read. Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by 100 Word Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This short story is a good read although the other 2 free kindle books I have read were a bit more gripping and entertaining but still enjoyed reading it will definitely look out... Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by leanemid
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff!
Just read all three of this guy's shorts (not his pants obviously) on holiday, and it's good stuff. This one is tense, genuinely creepy/scary without being a horror, and this... Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by Manotaur
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cute (and even thought-provoking) short story
I will admit I got this free, so I wasn't expecting much. Once I got used to the writing style (I personally thought it was a little "choppy", but as I read on I realized it was... Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by Melisann
4.0 out of 5 stars I NEED An Auto!
Having never read any of David's work, I downloaded this quick piece for a break in the middle of the day. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Heather M. Claus
5.0 out of 5 stars Short story, good reading
I enjoyed this story. I can picture someone working on developing a computer/phone/whatever that automatically updates your Facebook and web pages without human intervention. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I was born in Nineteen Davidey-Dave (all the best people were born that year) and live in London. I write modern fiction, a blend of mystery, thriller and humour.

The key theme of all my novels is 'identity' - I am fascinated by people pretending to be something they're not. I bet you're doing that right now, with somebody. Go on, admit it. (I know I am. But that can be our secret.)

I have three novels available as Kindle ebooks: Fake Kate, Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin and Auto.

I am currently writing new stories for the Auto Series.

Get in touch at www.davidwailing.com or facebook.com/davidwailing.

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