Big Bunch of News, Part 2: Without Purpose, Without Pity

by Brian on January 31, 2012

in Fiction

I’ve been sitting on news of this one until the proverbial ducks were in a row. Without Purpose, Without Pity is a novella that I finished in mid-January, on invitation from Delirium Books. It’s slated for a June release, in both hardcover and digital formats. Depending on what we decide, it may also appear as a Kindle exclusive three months prior to the June release. Or not.

The thing clocks in at a smidge under 28,000 words, or roughly 1/3 the length of the average novel, unless your idea of the average novel is by Dostoevsky. OK, it’s just a little longer than Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea. There.

It has nothing to do with the image here, a painting by Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski, but was in part inspired by it, the same way his work also inspired a couple of soundscapes found on the Music page. Just to warn you, I’m going to continue to be inspired by Beksinski for the rest of my life.

For now, I’ll just say that Without Purpose, Without Pity is set in a Las Vegas of the near future, features boxers, has a Thai rope fight the likes of which you’ve never seen, and pushes the marketing phrase “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” to its logical extreme.

Yeah, it’s chick lit.

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