“Stutz writes with a grandness that exceeds the deadpan expectations that are associated with his generation of writers … with all the grandeur of the influential [F. Scott] Fitzgerald himself.” — Kilimanjaro magazine
“In bringing Ray Valentine to life, Michael Stutz has created the Everyman of our wired age. Ray confronts that essential question we all face now: where does the tech end and our flesh and blood lives begin? Lyrical and moving, Circuits of the Wind ranges from the nightmarishly detached to the passionately connected. Stutz understands that no matter how many hours we spend alone before our computer screens, we’re still what we’ve always been: desperate human beings longing for acclaim, achievement, friendship, and ultimately, love.” — Tony D’Souza, author of Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule, which has been optioned for film by Warner Bros.
A coming of age tale of the early internet and the impact on an unsuspecting world, “Circuits of the Wind” provides a very human story set on a backdrop of technology few truly understand, very much recommended. — Midwest Book Review
“The descriptive passages in the book are funny, true to life and quite lyrical. Michael Stutz has an amazing ability with words … [r]ead this book to learn the story of the beginning of the “net” generation. I believe Circuits of the Wind will be savored by techies, geeks and computer nerds.” — Library of Clean Reads
THE LYRIC STORY OF THE NET GENERATION–GROWING UP AND COMING OF AGE ON THE INTERNET
The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode.
CIRCUITS OF THE WIND is the story of Ray’s quest to find himself as he grows up wandering the computer underground–the wild, global outback that existed before the net went mainstream. How else does an end-of-century slacker reach out to the world from Sohola, that northern state that’s a little more Midwest than it is New England? The net holds the key to what he’s after–but even as he pioneers this virtual world, the veneer of his real life begins to crack.
VOLUME ONE of the CIRCUITS OF THE WIND trilogy follows a young Raymond from his his ’70s childhood–and first gropings with the telephone–to the home computers and bulletin boards of the ’80s, where he leads a double life as a wanderer of the wires. But when even his virtual best friend unplugs, Raymond might have to leave it, too–because isn’t real life supposed to be offline?