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Offline Archaic Torso of Apollo

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Archaic Torso, Novelist
« on: September 26, 2021, 05:56:40 AM »
My novel Abandon All Hope - part workplace satire, part novel of ideas, part Chicago urban/suburban novel – has just been published by Auctus Publishers, a Philadelphia-based small press.

Why post about it here? Because the story contains a lot of musical references, both classical and non-classical. (Hey, there probably aren’t a lot of novels which use the word Klangfarbenmelodie.)

Here’s a blogpost I wrote to introduce the book:

https://swspires.weebly.com/blog/behind-abandon-all-hope

Here are the Amazon and B&N links:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736827820?pf_rd_r=8H2YKEQ84E7J8E476KVG&pf_rd_p=8fe9b1d0-f378-4356-8bb8-cada7525eadd&pd_rd_r=649210be-580e-4718-865f-0f6781060276&pd_rd_w=Q8qJS&pd_rd_wg=ntBGT&ref_=pd_gw_unk

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abandon-all-hope-scott-spires/1140194144?ean=9781736827826

(I’ve been informed that the Kindle and Nook versions will be up in early October, so those links are not yet complete. Ah, the joys of product roll-out!)
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 07:39:25 AM »
Congrats on your new "baby"!

And may the sales go through the roof!

PD

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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2021, 09:49:23 AM »
Congrats on your new "baby"!

And may the sales go through the roof!

PD

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I'm in for the Kindle edition!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2021, 12:43:38 PM »
I will have to buy and read!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2021, 10:15:07 PM »
My novel Abandon All Hope - part workplace satire, part novel of ideas, part Chicago urban/suburban novel – has just been published by Auctus Publishers, a Philadelphia-based small press.

Why post about it here? Because the story contains a lot of musical references, both classical and non-classical. (Hey, there probably aren’t a lot of novels which use the word Klangfarbenmelodie.)
Congratulations! But I hope you have embedded this ironically not to you appear utterly pretentious with such words.
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
(Bob Dylan)

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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 05:48:31 AM »
I hope you have embedded this ironically not to you appear utterly pretentious with such words.

You'll have to read it to find out!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2021, 06:38:40 AM »
You'll have to read it to find out!

Well played, sieur!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2021, 06:11:49 AM »
My novel Abandon All Hope - part workplace satire, part novel of ideas, part Chicago urban/suburban novel – has just been published by Auctus Publishers, a Philadelphia-based small press.

Congratulations!

Why post about it here? Because the story contains a lot of musical references, both classical and non-classical. (Hey, there probably aren’t a lot of novels which use the word Klangfarbenmelodie.)

Can't swear to it, but the excellent Orfeo by Richard Powers is in with a strong chance. I've never read a novel with anything like the amount of knowledgeable musical analysis he weaves into the story.


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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2021, 09:42:58 AM »
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I'm in for the Kindle edition!

The Kindle edition is now up, at the above Amazon link (with the usual "Look Inside" function, so you can decide if you want to continue).
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2021, 02:40:21 PM »
The Kindle edition is now up, at the above Amazon link (with the usual "Look Inside" function, so you can decide if you want to continue).

Much enjoyed the first chapter. Will certainly continue!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2021, 06:43:43 PM »
I got a great endorsement! Joshua Cohen is one of America's foremost young novelists (check out his latest book The Netanyahus, it's creating quite a buzz). He's now provided a blurb for my book, which you can see on the Amazon page, but I'll reproduce it here:

"Future humans will almost surely elide the brief interregnum between the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the Internet, but then nobody ever much respected the 1990s -- and the 1990s never much cared. Scott Spires did, however -- and, belying all hackneyed notions of slackerdom, wrote this heartfelt and headstrong book, a masterly novel of how it felt to have friends, love, and work in the last decade that could ever be lost, when time was not to be managed but wasted, and irony was not a pose but a mode of compassion."

Here's hoping reviews will start appearing soon. Hey, I'm working on it...
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2021, 06:52:16 PM »
Congrats! More success to you!
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2021, 07:25:26 PM »
Congratulations and best wishes!
Read the "Look Inside" pages on Amazon and enjoyed the work, will check out the whole book.
I grew up in the Chicago area, and the realistic portrayal brought back a lot of memories! (For instance, I really miss the Chicago Reader, fantastic paper)

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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2021, 05:53:53 AM »
Congratulations and best wishes!
Read the "Look Inside" pages on Amazon and enjoyed the work, will check out the whole book.
I grew up in the Chicago area, and the realistic portrayal brought back a lot of memories! (For instance, I really miss the Chicago Reader, fantastic paper)

Thanks! I actually wrote an article for the Reader once - on the subject of New Urbanism, which is a topic that influenced me while I was writing the book.
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Re: Archaic Torso, Novelist
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2021, 09:28:05 AM »
I got a great endorsement! Joshua Cohen is one of America's foremost young novelists (check out his latest book The Netanyahus, it's creating quite a buzz). He's now provided a blurb for my book, which you can see on the Amazon page, but I'll reproduce it here:

"Future humans will almost surely elide the brief interregnum between the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the Internet, but then nobody ever much respected the 1990s -- and the 1990s never much cared. Scott Spires did, however -- and, belying all hackneyed notions of slackerdom, wrote this heartfelt and headstrong book, a masterly novel of how it felt to have friends, love, and work in the last decade that could ever be lost, when time was not to be managed but wasted, and irony was not a pose but a mode of compassion."

Here's hoping reviews will start appearing soon. Hey, I'm working on it...
Excellent!  Fingers crossed for you.

PD