Written by Stephen Granade, a veteran of interactive fiction, this story reminded me of Adam Cadre’s legendary Photopia: for the emotions it raises, the evocative writing, and the depth.
Stephen, in a single line of presentation, immediately explains everything (he doesn’t need twists): it’s the story of a man who gets Alzheimer’s disease just over sixty.
In the opening scene, we are at a funeral, and the author immediately introduces Fred in a moving way. Then, we go back and find Fred in recent stages of his life when he discovers he has the disease. He gradually realizes what’s happening, and we with him; he struggles to accept it, and we with him.
The way Stephen Granade used Twine is great: the words sometimes change because Fred struggles to remember, other words are cut … An extraordinary journey into memory, a wonderful work. If we really have to find a con, maybe some passages are too long, but Will Not Let Me Go is just short of a masterpiece. And that’s clear from the first lines…
[b][i]You can leave off reading the story and then come back to it later
The story will remember where you were