Monday, 30 April 2012

Consider What Becomes of the Ashes by pixelnyx

As previously mentioned on this blog, pixelnyx is an extraordinary talent.

Any writer who's interested in self-publishing online should take a look at pixelnyx's website to see how it's done.

While you're there, make sure to read / purchase / download the short novel, 'Consider What Becomes of the Ashes'.

Set in the invented world of LaGatta, the book tells the story of soldier-turned-sex-worker Noah, and Penrith, his unlikely lover.

I can honestly say I've never read anything like this before.

The closest comparison I can make is Jeanette Winterson, because pixelnyx shares Winterson's gift for dark, intense and poetic prose. The author mentions being greatly influenced by Will Self - although pixelnyx's style is much more minimalist than Self's.

Like the above writers, pixelnyx's work operates outside the parameters of any genre. 'Consider What Becomes of the Ashes could be called fantasy or 'queer lit', or steampunk (the author's preferred term), but any label is bound to be misleading.

I don't know whether pixelnyx is a man or a woman, but that doesn't matter - in fact, I think it's good that we don't know anything about the author. I have much respect for people who write under anonymous aliases. The work isn't about the author. The work is about the work.

Anyway, pixelnyx deserves to be massive, and I hope that he or she achieves global fame sometime soon.

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