Book Chat: Ergodic Literature

Has anyone heard of ‘ergodic literature’? Because until today I had read a couple books in this unique little category without realising it had an actual name. And since words are so powerful, this single word has opened up a whole world of reading that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. So if you like strange, outside-of-the-box storytelling — read on!

What is Ergodic Literature?

Most English language books are read from front to back and left to right.  Ergodic literature, from what I understand, tells this basic rule of reading to piss off. Ergodic literature wants you to forget traditional written storytelling and take control of your own journey through the book. Want to read a book where you can start in the middle? Read upside down? Follow along with bizarre footnotes? These books are crazy and interactive and want to make you, the reader, a part of the story. It involves a level of interaction that traditional books simply do not require, whether that’s holding a book up to a mirror to read a passage or pulling a letter out of an envelope. It’s immersion and agency without a digital screen and a way of storytelling that someone is either going to love or absolutely hate.

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REVIEW: Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, Vol.1) By Neil Gaiman (1989)

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, vol. 1) by Neil Gaiman

Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo 

Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1989
Length: 240
Author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads 

Purchase on Amazon 

Synopsis via Goodreads: New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.”

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Review: Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook (2015)

Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook

Publisher: New Generation Publishing
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2015
Length: 119
Author: Twitter, Facebook

Purchase on Amazon and Waterstones

Synopsis via Goodreads: “I wish I had never taken that bus. I just want to get home.” 

“Akio my boy, just remember, what saves a man is to take a step, then another step. It is always the same step, but it gets you to where you are. You took that first step on to that bus, and it led you here, now all you have to do, is keep on stepping, and you’ll find yourself to be somewhere else. Life is a journey Akio, and we are the ones who choose where to step next.”

Take a journey into the deep unknown of the imagination. Join Akio as he explores a world thrust upon him where in a matter of minutes, even a ‘Dream world’ is turned upside down and teaches our young hero that not everything is always how it seems.

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Book Chat: I joined the 21st century and bought a Kindle

I’m not typically old-fashioned. In normal circumstances, I’m open and welcoming of new ways that technology can improve and better our lives. I love video games, I’m over-dependent on my iPhone, my laptop is my baby. But when it comes to e-readers I feel as though I’ve had a dramatic, unexplainable repulsion towards the idea of replacing my beautiful paperbacks with a digital screen.

At the beginning of the year, I tried to read a few books on my phone, inspired by the convenience of the library app Libby. I even tried to join the ebook craze five years ago when I was in university (I read 2001: A Space Odyssey on my iPad, very futuristic of me). But I never felt the same emotional connection as I felt when reading a physical book. And most importantly, reading a novel on a digital screen gave me a headache. After being on the computer at work all day I looked forward to reading my non-digital, non-artificially lit books when I came home in the evening.

Enter Amazon Prime Day 2018. A day of useless purchases and the illusion of saving money on items you never needed to begin with.

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Super exciting blog milestone!

That’s right, you read that correctly. My tiny corner of the book blogging world has somehow amassed over 200 followers since Ashley in Wonderland launched in January. I wanted to thank all of my new followers for taking the time to check out my blog and everyone who has been reading, commenting, liking, and being generally amazing for the past 8 months. Blogging has been the most fulfilling hobby I’ve ever taken up and I’ve met so many incredible readers, bloggers, and authors since starting.

I’m slowly getting my blog a bit more organised and I’m going to try to stick to a new schedule of posting Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from now on. Some big and small changes will be slowly implemented over the next few months while I continue to learn how to manage both my blog and social media outlets as well as getting enough time in to read, review, and come up with new content. It’s chaotic and intimidating but so much fun, and I wanted to thank you all again for being apart of this. Love you guys! x