February 2nd, 2007

Publisher launches its first "wiki" novel


"'In an ideal world we could throw in a sense of plausibility, balance and humor,' Penguin's blogger, Jon Elek, wrote in an entry earlier this week.

"'That's asking a lot, and in truth I'll be happy so long as it manages to avoid becoming some sort of robotic-zombie-assassins-against-African-ninjas-in-space-narrated-by-a-Papal-Tiara type of thing.'"

After doing graduate research on hypertext and Internet-based fiction, I'd say this is wishful thinking. The structure of a novel is not something to be decided by committee. Hell, my husband and I can't even plan a Superbowl party.
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