Welcome to Excerpts from Nonexistent Books! Each entry is a short piece of fiction designed to seem as if it’s a part of a longer book, just enough to give a sense of a larger work lurking in the shadows. It’s an old writing exercise of mine that seemed like a good idea for a weblog, so here it is.

The titles and authors for each excerpt are made up, and aren’t intended to reflect anything more than the occasional bad pun. Likewise, the excerpts themselves are original. A few bits and pieces of pop culture or echoes of existing works might creep in, but they’re simply side effects of an author living in a media age and not intentional plagiarism. Most author names are made using a random name generator and are not intended to represent any real person, living or dead, unless otherwise noted. If one of the fake names is too close for comfort, drop me a polite note and I will happily alter it.

As for the author, it should be obvious enough that he’s a librarian; any other details aren’t really relevant in telling a good story (or part of one, anyway). Do tell me if you’d particularly like to see a longer (2500 words or so) fleshing-out of one of the excerpts here, and I’ll see what I can do!

Not sure where to start? Try a random excerpt!

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31 Responses to “About”

  1. Re Gypsy Says:

    hi just read your about page. I’m intrigued! I’ve signed up and will now go off exploring your site.

  2. Trisha Says:

    I love the idea of this blog πŸ™‚

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Thank you! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for someone to say that πŸ™‚


  3. Let me tell you something about your blog.

    I look forward to each of your posts.

    I haven’t read all of the 5 billion (estimated) “excerpts” you’ve written and I plan on entertaining myself with them for some time.

    I know you’ve asked us if there are any that we would like to see more of but I don’t have a favorite as of yet. What else are you working on? If this is little more than an exercise for you then what does your hard work go into? I would like to see that.

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Thank you! I can’t tell you how much a nice comment like that means to me.

      This site serves as my daily writing exercise; I put in a fair amount of work in on novel-length projects as well. I’ve got a sci-fi/historical fiction book out to agents right now (unsuccessfully so far) and a noir-style mystery about two-thirds complete.

  4. Joachim Boaz Says:

    Cool concept!! I love it! Very Stanislaw Lem (A Perfect Vacuum — book reviews of non-existent books) and Borges (obviously!! haha)…

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Thanks! That means a lot to me.

      Would you believe I had never read Borges when I started this? I had only read people who had read him.

      1. Joachim Boaz Says:

        What of his have you read since then? Have you read Lem’s A Perfect Vacuum? You really should… It’ll be right up your alley considering the things you write. How can you resist book reviews of non-existent books?

      2. alexp01 Says:

        I’ve read Borges’ complete short fiction and poetry (in translation) since then. Fabulous stuff all. I do still need to read Lem, but it can be hard to find recent translations at a good price for him.

      3. Joachim Boaz Says:

        If I remember correctly, the translation for A Perfect Vacuum as top-notch. I can’t believe (to my knowledge) that the translations of Solaris which are out are still translations of the FRENCH translation not from the Polish — which is terrible…

  5. Alba Says:

    I found you through D.A. Bancroft, and this blog is absolutely amazing. I think that sooner or later I will have to do a mock cover for one of the mock books…

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! And if you’re ever moved to do such a mock cover, I will totally post/link to it πŸ˜€

  6. Tech Tard Says:

    Love this idea! And, the occasional bad pun! πŸ™‚

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Writing always has a healthy glow when it’s got a pun in the oven.

  7. whiteweights Says:

    I like the idea of your blog. I too have many short ‘excerpts’ on my computer but it never occurred to me to post them up as standalone works. I’ll be making my way slowly through the archive πŸ™‚

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Thanks! I used to scribble pages upon page of short fragments both as a daily writing exercise and as a way to keep myself from forgetting the cool little ideas that occur every day. And nothing engages the inner editor more than public display!

      Do comment on anything you find that seems cool πŸ™‚

  8. Lila Says:

    Some posts of mine and pieces of unpublished writing ended up being just that: “pretending to be excerpts from larger works.” Don’t they look so good standing a lone, though, as if they weren’t orphans of the literal world? As if we wrote them intentionally, confidently, purposely where they fit perfectly within a coherent whole?

    Oh, if only writing novels required combining orphaned pieces like these… (that’s actually what I feel I’m secretly doing).

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Me too.

      If I ever get published, it’ll be a fun exercise to compare the prototype scenes in my blog with the finished one in the book.

      1. Lila Says:

        Sure would be. I think I more than anything, they are great prompts.

  9. twttnt Says:

    I love the idea of this blog! and the reading is so good!!

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Why thank you! That means a lot to me πŸ™‚

      Speak up if there’s any kind of content you’d like to see more of!

  10. averythorne Says:

    I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    http://bloodoverithaca.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/i-win-an-award-also-there-are-some-puns/
    Tadaa… *jazz hands*.

  11. Sue Says:

    Great idea… I’m working on a novel and you inspired me with this method of writing.

    Well done!

    http://www.suefashion.wordpress.com

    1. alexp01 Says:

      Wonderful! I cannot tell you how happy that makes me πŸ™‚ Send me a link to your novel when it is finished!

      1. Sue Says:

        I will πŸ™‚

  12. Robin Dufner Says:

    Hello, Alex,
    Please contact me about a request to reprint your story Beloaralsk.


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  14. Mary jo Says:

    I am late but I love this blog!


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