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diamondie's novel The Atlas Moth is out as of today, May 18th. The book is somewhat of a "joint effort" between different DA members, as it was edited by obenson and the cover design is by Shurakai-Zero. So what is it about? As the back cover describes it: "Infused with black humor, The Atlas Moth is an unsurvival story about death, Chinese checkers and butterfly collections and how they all tie together."

"There is no reason to put things off for any longer. Everything feels so natural. In fact I can hardly wait. I should learn patience, it's a shame there's no time for that."

Compared to other twenty-somethings Piia's life is centered on quite different matters. She is only interested in death and the closest you get to it is by sleeping without dreams. On the other hand Piia's best friend Venla wants to live until one hundred. There's only a year left until that, but Piia doesn't plan to be around that long.

On online forums Piia gets to discuss her favorite topic. She finds new friends all over the world, even a few in her home country, Finland. These very different people are united by one thing: their desire to die. Piia's old friends' affairs make her even more convinced that life is not for her. Sometimes, things just don't work out the way they were planned.


The Atlas Moth
written by Maija Haavisto
release date 5/18/2009
price €11.90/$14.97
paperback, 5.83" x 8.26" (A5)
133 pages
Cover design: Stephen Caissie
ISBN: 978-1-4092-7281-6

:bulletblue: The Atlas Moth website
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
I read this book and really liked it. It's one of those books that makes you think without pretending to be philosophical, keeps you entertained without being condescending.

Despite what one would think, Piia's thoughts about death are far from depressing. They're often witty or funny, and sometimes they say a lot about life.

Piia is an outcast, so much that every other character appears to be her opposite in some way. As a nihilistic and very honest person, she often finds herself clashing against her friends' standardized mindset. The same happens even with Piia's closer friend, the 98-year-old Venla, a woman who loves life and butterflies.

The plot is quite good and raises many questions. Piia wants to die, but life still has a few surprises left for her. What interests her so much about death? Will she ever allow herself to feel love? Is she even wrong about wanting to kill herself?

The book is well written, the style is pretty direct and conveys very well the main character's inner world, while portraying the outer world as dry, grey reality with the bare minimum of description. Overall the novel is an enjoyable experience and is easy to relate to - probably much more thank you think.
Djoseph Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
sonic-gurl Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Good luck with this!
This sounds very interesting too <3
I might go and buy it and read it... >.>
365-leap Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
good luck with this. when money permits, i may buy a copy.
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
*scurries out to buy a copy*

Congrats! :D
diamondie Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Writer
Man, you know you don't have to buy a copy!
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