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Perfect World Paperback – October 13, 2014
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About the Author
A.J. Kirby is the award-winning published author of three novels and over forty short stories. He is a sportswriter for the Professional Footballer's Association and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and The Short Review. His short stories have featured in a wide number of publications, including anthologies (Legend Press's Eight Rooms, and in the forthcoming Ten Journeys, Nemonymous 8: Cone Zero & Nemonymous 9: Cern Zoo from Megazanthus Press, Radgepacket 4 from Byker Books, the Dog Horn Publishing anthology, Dark Hoard 2010, and Graveside Tales' Fried: Fast Food Slow Deaths) print journals (Sein und Werden, Jupiter 24, Skrev Press, and Champagne Shivers) and webzines (New Voices in Fiction, A Fly in Amber, Pumpkin, The Second Hand, Pages of Stories magazine, US Short Story Library, and Underground). He lives in Leeds, UK with his girlfriend Heidi and his incredibly noisy, but lucky cat, Eric. He is a season ticket holder at Manchester United Football Club, and follows the red devils across Europe when he's flush.
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Perfect World is the name of a cyber-reality that gives people the chance to live a second life. People find respite in this alternative world through specialized visors. Toby Howitt is on the Bullet train to Elegant to find God -- the creator of Perfect World. When Howitt is attacked at his destination, and loses his visor, two other passengers take him to their home to help the journalist recover from his injury. Guess who Howitt finds.
I never read a product description or review for Perfect World; I never bothered to find out what this novella was suppose to be. I accepted the chance to review this story because I have read Kirby's short, Teeth, in the VAMPIRES, Zombies and Ghosts, Oh My! (and Other Creatures of the Night STORIES) Anthology, and I was impressed with his ability to tell a story that is not limited by its sci-fi genre. (In fact, Perfect World has a hint of magic realism.) Kirby writes vivid descriptions, without pausing to set up the scenes, keeping the storyline flowing along without any distractions from the plot. The characters in Perfect World are so well-developed, I felt as though I were the one wearing a visor, experiencing their reality first-hand.
This is how fiction should be written...when readers can savor every word, without getting hung up on technical aspects. A few key names proved to be elegant (pun intended) allusions to Genesis, with comparisons to our modern day social netowrks.
Reading Perfect World with the buzz about the Rapture this past week was really quite an ironic experience that I recommend to other readers.
I'm not going to give too much away about the story (that would just spoil your fun) but the reluctant hero of the work, journalist Toby Howitt, is a top notch literary creation. he reminds me of two Ricks... Rick Deckard from Blade Runner and Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead... pretty much ordinary guys with ordinary strengths and weaknesses thrust into extraordinary circumstances... which is what happens to Toby when he meets.... (oops nearly gave it away).
If you like pacy, quick witted and sharp writing, then this is for you. Even if you think this is not your genre, give it a go.
Look anybody who has the guts to write that country people are all about 'inbreeding, carrying rabies and sh*gging sheep' deserves to be read!!!