I immediately went to his website to download a copy of “AFK”, which is free to download as a PDF file, but is also available for purchase from Lulu if you prefer to read a hard copy.
I haven’t even finished the book yet, I’m about halfway through, but let me tell you, it totally engaged and enthralled me from the first page.
The story follows the SLife of Definitely Thursday, an in-world detective, who shares his thoughts and experiences of being a detective in SL. But it’s more than that, it’s an engaging thriller/mystery while at the same time, an insightful and meaningful expression of what SL means to so many of it’s users.
One of my favourite passages…
“It had started to occur to me that Second Life was playing with dolls in a dolls’ house. Second Life was making model air planes. Second Life was playing doctors and nurses, or soldiers and spacemen. Second Life was painting. And writing. And music. And maths. Second Life was building little villages for toy trains to steam around. Second Life was slotting racing track together and making cars whiz around it. Second Life was joining a fan club or a local book discussion circle. Second life was being pen pals. Second life was writing love letters.”
I absolutely love that paragraph.
I don’t want to say too much more about the novel, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone if you haven’t already read it, so go download a copy now! It really is a great read.
I would love to discuss this novel with other fans in-world. Anyone have a book club I could join? 😀
Download of AFK by Huckleberry Hax