Al Steiner is one of the five or six elite authors on SOL. I would say he is probably very rich because he never cared to get his stories published. I'm not exaggerating whatsoever when I say he would have become a multi-millionaire if he published his works.
And of all those works, DIAO is the oldest, the best and the most attractive one. It was probably the story that opened the 'Time Travel' genre on internet stories. It was the first story I read on SOL and I should say that it is the story that hooked me to SOL. I started coming back for more after I read this one. Hoping that there will be more of its kind out there.
The writing is outstanding. This is a guy who majored in English in college. No typos no grammatical errors except in dialogue and the dialogue relates with a high schooler's language style.
Plot. You will find very few stories better developed than this one. The plot is impeccable and the story doesn't veer off or digress from the original plot line till the last dialogue.
Stroke isn't as much as it could have been but I guess I read too many BOB's stories and got spoilt :D
This story is a must read for everyone. Every single person who is on SOL or ASSTR go out there and read the story.
To start off, I first read this story many, many moons ago; but then I forgot about it, and the impact it had on the 'genre' which it started. The hypothesis is simple: If you could go back to your youth, knowing what you know today, what would you do with your life? Well Bill Stevens is one such guy who does just that. And the prime demand on himself is to stop his older sister from a terrible death by drowning at the hands of a drunk driver.
Does he succeed? And what of those sexual urges of his? Then there is the enjoyment of a regular supply of grass, so potent, that one toke does it!
Bill also has a problem with one female student, with whom he falls in love...he screws that one up, royally.
And what is that proverb about the Chinaman who comes bearing gifts?
Al Steiner has been a regular contributor to these pages, and his gift to us readers has been one of enjoyment, and pleasure, and entertainment throughout his career with SOL.Thanks Al.
Reviewed: 2005-10-17 - (Review Updated: 2007-03-29)
There are times when you get presented with an story that turns your head upside down. The characters seem to jump off the page and live *with* you, dragging you along for the ride, showing you a version of life that you wish you could have lived.
The central premise of "Doing It All Over" is so seductively compelling, the idea that one could go back in time with all one's current knowledge and try again, that alone would be a worthwhile read.
Al Steiner's treatment of this idea however, is far more than just that. He wants us to think about what would happen to us if it actually occurred. He uses the ideas contained in the tale to explore the philosophy of fate and destiny and more than all that, he explores the very touchy subject of love.
After reading this novel, (several times I have to admit,) I know that if I could do it all over again, I would love to have fallen in love the way Bill does.
The sex in this story is marvellously well written and takes absolutely no liberties with the reality of the plot. It is an intrinsic part of the story but by no means detracts from the very powerful plot. If the explicit passages had to be scrubbed out, (perhaps because the story was going to become a mainstream movie - hope, hope!) the rest of the story could stand on its own mighty feet.
If you like to have your mind expanded, read this story!
What can I really say about my all time favourite story?
Well, it's a back-in-time story about a 32 years-old paramedic that gets his mind returned to his own body back when he was a 15 years-old teenager. He gets to live the past 17 years of his life all over again, fully remembering how he lived them the first time around.
I found this to be the most compelling story I've ever read online. Al Steiner has crafted this story in a most artistic and easy-flowing manner.
The author discusses many of life's philosophical issues; like, what would you really do if you could live it all over again, knowing the mistakes that had shaped your life the first time around. Would you hurt people or would you help them? Would you be a generous caring person, or would you be a greedy money grubbing bastard?
Think about it, what would you do if you could relive your life?
This story is a must read for anybody. There is sex in it, but it is secondary to the excellent plot.