Title: Only the Forgotten
Author: Ryan Graff
Format: Blog – Live Blog Novel
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For January’s recommendation, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. My recommendation for this month is Only the Forgotten, a live-update book by Ryan Graff. The book is kind of a WIP (Work In Progress) mixed with a live blog. Graff writes a chapter, edits it, and then publishes it on his blog. His intent is to give readers the chance to follow along with the story in bits and pieces, enough that you can sit down and read a chapter for a few minutes and then pop back to whatever else you are doing. I find they are a great way to spend a coffee break at work. As I write this, he is up to Chapter 5 and the work is phenomenal.
Only the Forgotten follows the life and exploits of a teenager named Simon and his life in a post-apocalyptic world with traces of magic and supernatural creatures. Simon lives in a small hamlet in the wastelands of what used to be some sort of nation, though the reader is left to make their best guess as to exactly what nation that is. Simon talks about ‘Before’ when his great-great-grandfather lived in a time where he could drive gas-wagons down black rivers to buildings that produced food at the snap of his fingers. While this seems like a likely link to cars and roads and restaurants, the characters and beasts in the story are far from anything we would be familiar with today, most notably giant gecko’s that carry traders and mercenaries from town to town. All of this happens beneath the ominous, ever-watching gaze of the Tower, a monolith from ages past said to be a weapon of ultimate power.
Only the Forgotten is a great alternate version of how authors can deliver their story and I personally can’t wait to see where the story takes us.