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the real pleasure in life

by Al Dixon

Genre: Mystery

Format: Online and mobile app


From the publisher:

UGA professor Al Dixon is transforming the future of the mystery genre and ebooks by releasing a new digital mystery written in “dynamic typography” or interactive, animated text. He is releasing his new mystery novel, the real pleasure in life, online for free (RealPleasureinLife.com and the Amazon Android App).

the real pleasure in life: After receiving a mysterious communication from a long-extinct coffee shop in Athens, Georgia, Al Dixon leaves his pregnant wife in Texas to investigate the surreal summons. Drawn into the heart of the musical incubator town that birthed REM and Neutral Milk Hotel, the mystery becomes even more bizarre. Why, at ten o’clock in the morning, are bars the only thing open? Why are all the street signs misspelled? Why does everyone assume he’s moving there? When he finally finds the impossible coffee shop, the enigmatic man behind the counter greets him with an accusation: “You’re late.” After an unforgettable night spent in the company of larger-than-life eccentrics and new friends, Al comes to a shocking realization that will change his life forever. By turns philosophical and slapstick, wry yet heartfelt, the real pleasure in life offers a funny, moving confrontation with eternal truths that can only be revealed through a raucous night in America’s most legendary college town.


“I started imaginary books as a way of exploring the creative potential of digital storytelling. The Real Pleasure in Life, our first title, is a formal revolution: it rejects standardized language, animates the text, and blurs the line between text and image in order to tell a story that couldn’t be told any other way. The technique was developed especially for this novel. The novel is a mystery, and the formal innovations are part of the mystery.”


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