The Abject Utopian – A Novel By Me!

What’s this, you wrote a novel and are promoting it on your site? Talk about shameless self promotion… Listen, I worked hard on this thing and I wanted to share it with the world!

Right. So why drag me into this, you could have just done a simple post about it and not in this Question and Answer format. I figured if there’s anybody who’s going to reign in my ego and bring me back down to earth—and fast, it’s you. Besides I have a hard enough time writing normally now that I’ve started writing reviews in this QandA format…

A ringing endorsement for your novel ‘has trouble writing normally’. Put that on the back of the book! It’s a fair assessment…

So what’s this novel of yours about, is it to do with anime at all? Not in the slightest.

That’s surprising… isn’t everything in your life anime related now? I wrote this novel about 3 years ago, when I was taking a break from anime (dark times indeed).

Okay, I’m ~mildly~ more interested now. What is it about then? It’s kind of hard to break down in a succinct manner, basically I’ve been describing it as ‘lesbian sci-fi stream of consciousness’ novel.

Ah… “stream of consciousness”, so it’s pretentious? You could say that, yes.

And who’s the target audience? People who aren’t afraid of intellectually stimulating, narratively complex and sexually charged writing.

All I’m hearing is “pretentious pretentious pretentious”. I fully admit this isn’t a novel for everyone, it’s very niche, kind of impenetrable, overly verbose—

Wow, doing a bang-up job selling this thing. I just want people to be prepared for what they’re getting into, it’s one thing to release something but to ask people to pay for something you’ve written is another thing entirely… it’s difficult and confronting.

But you believe in it, yeah? Honestly I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, I’m very proud of it, it’s got a lot of “me” in it, if not literally then hidden between the lines. It helped me deal with some pretty serious things I was going through at the time and even though it may be arrogant to say, I think it’s a worthwhile experience—assuming your an open-minded reader!

Fair enough, so do you want to put in a plot-synopsis for anything? I don’t think it’s a novel that benefits from a tidy plot synopsis…

But you put one on the Amazon page, here let me copy-paste it for you!

“What would be your perfect world? For some the answer is simple, for other’s it’s a quandary. Once there were countless alternate realties, stretching across the breadth of human imagination; a perfect fit for every imperfect vision of the world. But now, as the universe reaches its climactic zenith there remains just 77, and of that number only nine are afforded official ‘utopian’ designation. The once learned and respected organisation responsible for these specific designations has grown bloated and corrupted. The tenth world they intend to proclaim as a ‘functional utopia’ is paying for the privilege; a perversion to the founding ideals, and a promise of dire things for every innocent on every remaining world. Only dissension from within can lay waste to these ill gotten plans but the odds are heavily stacked against—both professionally and personally—for the one woman whom hope falls solely upon.”

There, was that so hard?! It’s not that it was hard it’s just that that plot synopsis isn’t really indicative of what the novel is ~like~. Yes, it’s ‘technically’ what the novel is about, but the novel is so much more than can be summed up in a couple of sentences! I much prefer the second synopsis I wrote for it, it’s also on the page.

‘Kay! Copy-paste and…

“It’s a story in three parts: telling what is, what was and what’s to come. It’s a story of three people: the aggressor, the repressor and the transgressor. It’s a story about three worlds: the world of the living, the world of the long dead and the world about to die. It’s a story in three realities: it exists in honesty, it exists in biography and it never existed to begin with. It’s a story about love, a story about loss and a story about life itself.”

Yeah, that’s suitably more pretentious, good work! Thanks?

Right. So where can people buy it? On Amazon! Here’s a link to the Australian page: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DGYPDYH You can also presumably find it on the Kindle store? I haven’t tried searching for it but it should be all set up by now!

And what if people don’t know if this kind of book is for them? You can read a free sample on the store page, just click the cover art, it’s almost two chapters worth so you’ll definitely get an idea of whether this kind of book is for you!

Anything else to add? If you’ve bothered to read this, firstly thank you so much, and if it sounds like something you might want to read then please support me by purchasing the book and leaving a review for it on the store page—even if you hate it! Thanks again!


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