Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, a Kindle Serial

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: the Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz is the first Kindle Serial I've tried. Serials are one time purchases episodically delivered as the author completes shorter installments.

Kindle Serials hold the hope of performing like an old time radio show. I enjoy looking forward to them.

Very much in the vein of the Magicians by Lev Grossman, Gooseberry Bluff is set in a future where magic is real and taught. The first episode hooked me as a Federal Bureau of Magic agent is sent undercover to investigate a community college professor's disappearance, apparently related to a larger demonic summoning/terrorist plot.

Schwartz uses 30-40 page installments to develop the story very well. I hope this format catches on.

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: the Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz

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  1. Kindle serials actually sound a lot like old fashioned novels, which were published in serial form in newspapers and magazines. They often got a lot of reader interaction. When Jules Verne published Around the World in 80 Days, people came out to see Phileas Fogg, and a steamship line offered to hold one of their ships for him so he could make a tight connection.

    1.  Get an American address. Don’t use it for shipping stuff, though! Problem solved!

  2. Extremely disheartening that this is not available in Australia. I scurried off to the Amazon link with coin in hand, but no. Especially surprising given that this is Amazon’s own imprint, one would think that publishing rights would not be such an issue. Yay.

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