When You Were Pixels

When You Were Pixels - Julio-Alexi Genao Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 1
boobs: 4
bombs: 1
bondage: 3
blasphemy: 0
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: PASS
* note that 'boobs' collectively relates to 'explicit sexuality'; in this instance it's all M/M action

Remember when you first read William Gibson years ago? The way each word struck with the precision of a nanoengineered virus, the bloody messy beating heart of humanity thrumming incessantly against the brushed aluminum and prefab carbon fiber of constructed words and worlds; how it felt like each page was a manifesto of a new kind of humanity willing to chain itself to our most petulant creations in an unending attempt to fly higher than Icarus ever dreamed?

Yeah, me too. And this little short captured that same feeling. This is what I would consider to be an exemplary short: Like haiku or sumi-e, it uses brief and incisive strokes to paint a tale larger than it's wordcount, asking questions with a coy obliqueness that left me thinking about long after I'd finished it. Loneliness. When does self sacrifice become self demeaning. Or self defeating. how far are we willing to let the machines of industry contain us into pretty boxes, stamping their mark on our psyches.

The eroticism was hot but not so explicit as to waste words in pornographic detail. A fine line to walk, and the author nailed it.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr. Genao's work. My only quibble is the amount of preface and header in this edition. It appears to be published by Goodreads, and includes 7-8 pages of preface before the story actually starts.

Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book.