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hackoff.com, a blook

hackoff.com, a blook

What is a blook?  Well, wikipedia has the following to  say, 

"A blook is a book serialized on a blog site. Chapters are published one by one as blog posts, and readers can then subscribe to a blook with an RSS feed, tag it, comment on it, etc. Blooks are believed to be pioneered by Tom Evslin in September 2005, with the launch of hackoff.com, a murder mystery set in the dot-com bubble."

Right, so a blook is a book published chapter (or episode) by chapter on a blog. 

Now that we've established what a blook actually is, let's talk about hackoff.com.  I started following this "blook" when it launched and made a decent splash in the blogosphere.  Initially, I was intrigued by the novelty of the idea of a blook, but the story has pulled me in.  Tom Evslin has done a great job of creating three dimensional characters that fit into an enticing story.  Don't get me wrong, this blook will never place Tom in the ranks of Dumas or Thoreau, but it's already better than the last two Tom Clancy books I read (The Teeth of the Tiger and Net Force).

So far the only negative I've found with the blook is that I can't continue on to the next chapter at my own pace.  As of today, I'm caught up through Chapter 2, Episode 2.  Hackoff.com tells me that the next piece will be published tomorrow, and you know what?  I can't wait.

My hat is off to Tom Evslin and his blook, you've earned the right to a badge on sweatyblog!

September 28, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink


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