Strange as it may be, this is my 150th review; I don't know whether that's very, very good, or very, very sad. Another oddity, is that I very rarely read 'Incomplete and Inactive' stories, let alone review them.
Occasionally though, one comes across an author that is so good that you want to read everything he's posted, I&I or not. Gray Beard, for me, is one of those authors. Technically, he's very good, though not perfect by any means, but again, the story draws you in to the point that the few errors, mostly typos and missed words, cause little problem. The same goes for grammar.
The plot is one I'd expect from an English author, so I was surprised to see it from one of my colonial cousins. The wealth and privilege of what we in England call 'Public Schools', and are, it seems, in America called 'Private Schools', is noticeably removed from the general population, and the dichotomy between 'Townies' and 'Brats' is an intriguing background.
All Academic Now appealed to me because the author uses his not inconsiderable skill, to bring the characters to life, giving them a real plausibility. They feel real to the reader, multi-dimensional even, and you really start to care about the outcome, fictitious though it may be. Hence my being driven to write this review.
As far as it goes, All Academic Now is a great story, the fact that it's unfinished is not only a blot on Gray Beard's (until now immaculate) copybook, it's intensely frustrating for suckers like me, who've felt a compulsion to read it! I really hope that this review will kickstart Gray Beard into not only finishing the tale, but finishing it with a happy ending for the main protagonists. If it would help, I'm quite happy to plead, beg, or even grovel; I'll even say 'Pretty please Gray Beard!'
Read, and enjoy, but be prepared for the frustration of the untimely ending!