By Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Publication date: Feb. 2, 2012
Razorbill, 272 pages
Source: Many thanks to Razorbill
CHOPSTICKS is a novel, an app, a website. It is a collage of original drawings, objects, text, sounds, and video. It is a love story. It is a mystery. Read it. View it. Experience it.
CHOPSTICKS was born out of the desire to tell a story with multiple medias, without losing the fundamental truths which make reading fiction an emotional human experience.
The novel’s digital format will still allow you to encounter the lives of Frank and Glory, the characters that fill the pages, but the additional videos, songs and digital links will create a new novel experience.
How refreshing! You don’t really “read” Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral — it’s more of a picture book/scrapbook. Glory, the main character, falls in love with Frank, but you know from the very get-go that she’s gone missing. It’s up to you interpret beautiful visual representations of the relationship — art, IMs, photographs, letters and more — to get to the truth.
Despite the lack of text, I found myself smiling and gasping and really intrigued by what was going on with the story in Chopsticks. I wish it were a bit longer/in depth, and was like “WHAT?!” at the end, but despite my frustrations with the story, I have to say it was such a thrilling way to experience a book.
Three cheers to Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral for thinking outside the box and creating something different.
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