I’ve already pointed out (as have others) that it’s more of an online thing than a mobile thing, but the rapier-witted Gullybogan has drawn some parallels between “Vigilante Virgin” and other mobile phone subscription business models.
Hackpacker is doing a review in progress, focussing for the moment on the delivery mechanism, and he’s promised to get into the actual story in a later post. Duncan Felton has pointed out that the technological limitations of the scheme make it pretty simple to subvert the subscription model and get the whole thing for the price of a single instalment.
And now, as a result of the Age’s decision to publish the first five instalments of the story in print, their website now has those first five instalments available for free. I’ve had a read, and while it’s not entirely terrible, there’s a preponderance of cleverclever phraseology
“Judy Bowler wasn’t what you’d call pleasant looking, not even if you were the Dalai Lama and you’d been caught off-guard during a particularly beatific moment and asked to provide a positive physical character reference.”
and overwrought metaphors
“Already, she felt the icy fabric of the chair seeping through her tracksuit and spreading, like a wholly unpleasant rash, around her fleshy kidneys.”
which, combined with the fairly slow-moving plot, doesn’t do anything to make me regret my decision to spend my $11.25 buying action figures on ebay instead of on this ground-breaking literary experiment.