“Texter” – a short story by Shane Hensley

By: Shane Hensley
Reviewed by: Jeff Smith

I am not your traditional reviewer, if there is such a thing. I usually either like something or hate it. There is not much that I am ‘middle of the road’ on.

Texter is a short story written in text speech.

I knew I had to read Texter when I heard about it. The concept is unique and new. I do not text much so my first thought was, “How difficult will reading this story be?”  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not difficult at all. I am used to reading plays, so switching back and forth between characters was easy. Following the “dialogue” was simple as well.

Now for the story…I liked it, but I wish that it had been a little longer. I was just getting into the characters and developing an idea of who they were and what they looked like and then it was over. The characters were believable and interesting, and I found myself wanting to know more about them. I wanted to know more about what was going on. I guess if I had more history, then the ending of the story would not be as important. That being said, it did not take long to figure out what was going on. The story was somewhat predictable. The mystery was interesting but easily solved.

Now what did I really think? Overall I liked it and would read more stories written in this style by the author. However, I would hope for longer stories if possible. I am not sure if stories written in “text” speech like this would allow for an involved background of the characters or really give the reader enough information outside of the dialogue to develop a feel for the situation.

Since this is a game review site, I will rate this using a 20-point scale.

On D20, I give it a 14.