Thursday, January 17, 2008

Michael Winter Reviewed in The Vancouver Sun

Dickens of a story
Michael Winter's modern orphans are all in their 30s
M.A.C. Farrant, Special to the Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008


The Architects Are Here, the latest novel by Michael Winter, is a stunner. Forty-seven synoptic instalments appeared online last summer in what his publisher claimed was "the world's first-ever Facebook novel serialization."

Comparisons to Charles Dickens inevitably arise. Think of the reported thousands who lined the New York docks waiting for the latest newsprint instalment of David Copperfield. I wonder if Winter's novel received the same treatment on the blog site 157 years later or if the event was drowned in the equal-opportunity soup that is virtual reality.

It probably was, but fortunately this doesn't matter: Being unmoored in the virtual world is what the book is all about. Furthermore, the novel -- published in fall 2007 -- stands as a solid object of excellence, something reassuringly old-fashioned, hand-held, enduring...

To read the rest of this review, please click here.

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The unabridged audio edition of The Big Why
, narrated by Robert Joy, was recently published by Rattling Books. It is available from rattlingbooks.com as either an MP3 CD or Digital Download. Listening time 10.5 hours.