Miranda Clarke. Night of 1000 Boyfriends. 2003.

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Thanks for mapping this book. I bought it based on the strength of your interest in it, which appears from this to be borderline-obsessive, and because I am trying to study the idea of multisequential fiction separately from notions of electronic literature, so print examples are useful. There aren't many print examples aside from the often cited but seldom studied series of kids books, the name of which invariably comes up as people grope for terminology to explain the form.

I wanted to warn other readers that this book is underwhelming in the scope of its ambition. It is neither deep nor pornographic nor containing insight about relationships (not the variations I've read thus far), and is consciously designed to look and read like one of those childrens books. But without any functioning irony: while purportedly being about adult situations, this novel is written at an adolescent reading level. Artistically (and sociologically), the author did not try to do anything new, which is a crushing disappointment for a type of literature that is wide open for creative experimentation.

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