A novel of gadget communication

Finnish author offers text message novel

As a lover of literature, I am the first to applaud the creative brilliance of the epistolary novel: Nabokov's Ada, Walker's The Color Purple. Hell, even the Griffin and Sabine series provided a unique tactile approach to "eavesdropping" on people's correspondence.

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But I'm not sure I could get excited over reading pages and pages of fictitious text messages. The Finnish publisher, Tammi, thinks I, and you, will.

The Last Messages by Hannu Luntiala is a novel of 1,000 SMS messages. The novel is the story of an IT guy who drops out of life to travel Europe and India, and keeps his family and friends abreast of his adventures through text messages. The SMS messages include grammatical errors and abbreviations "for added realism," according to Mobile Magazine.

I don't exactly smell a Nobel Prize.

The novel is currently available in Finnish, but the publisher is considering releasing it in other languages.

About the author

In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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