How to read

How to read

Shade of the Morning Sun is a collection of linked short stories (or novel in stories) about the same characters – a family of three generations, starting with the ‘middle generation’ – Carrie and Jon.

How then to go about reading these stories? Is it okay to start at the beginning and move on chronologically?

Certainly, but Shade of the Morning Sun is also electronic literature, or more precisely: hypertext fiction. This means that there are a number of other ways you might enjoy the stories.

Below is an excerpt from the FAQ – with a guide to alternative ways of reading Shade of the Morning Sun.

How to (also) read Shade of the Morning Sun

Go to the Main Reading Portal and …

  • Choose to read some of the collections which are selected stories that form something akin to a novel or novelette. Like the stories about Carrie’s sojourn to South America.
  • Or read stories with a single, recurring character only, at any point in his or her timeline. If you use this filter you will get both 1st and 3rd person POV-stories. (E.g. all stories with Jon.)

  • You can also jump between stories when a story features a hyperlink to story that is related.

I also have stories that overlap in time and can be read both separately or as part of the same whole. For example, “The One I Tried To Destroy” is overlapped by “That Imaginary Desert”. Both take place on the same day with the same protagonist, but you can also read them separately. I plan to do plenty more of those.

There aren’t stories about all characters yet or stories enough to use all filter options equally, but the 70+ stories and vignettes should give you a good impression of where the project is heading, as well as an engaging reading experience!