Synopses & Reviews
In this prequel within a sequel, Diminuenda discovers that she stands to win a vast inheritance from her estranged father, the inimitable Minor, if she travels into the past and collects” a number of objets dart
The cheeky diva travels to classical Greece, becoming the subject of the very painting she must steal as well as the focus of a Platonic dialogue. In ancient Rome, she dines with Emperor Tiberius and several Latin poets at his notorious grotto in Capri before stirring up more unrest among feuding Icelanders and First Nations as Minordis, the mysterious woman who steals the heart of the troublesome poet Loki. She then appears as a goddess to Botticelli in Renaissance Florence, but is soon toying with the Neoplatonic leanings of Lorenzo de Medici as they wait out the aftermath of an assassination attempt, sharing a saucy round of Boccaccio-esque tales. In the realm of Louis XIV, Diminuenda lurks behind an unfinished play that explores the tension between Molière and the court composer Lulli, whose operatic innovations sound an ominous note for his cohorts splenetic invectives and social critique. In the most popular era for the epistolary novel, Augusta Ada Byron (Lovelace) is trying to cut down on laudanum, convinced of visits from the enigmatic Enchantress who will not only help her explain Charles Babbages Analytical Engine, but also encourage her opium-fueled hopes to bequeath to future generations a Calculus of the Nervous System.” Then, in WWII Britain, Agent D MINOR moves through a murky nouveau roman seemingly ruled by Alan Turings theory of contradictions amid ill-fated schemes by MI5, including adaptations of Aleister Crowleys occultism, falcons trained to hunt homing pigeons, and brilliant forgeries of works such as Vermeers The Art of Painting that will beguile the Third Reich.
Minor Expectations resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.
”From a brazen and perverse parody to variations on time collapse, the peregrinations of fledgling heroine Diminuenda Minor take the reader on a quest that evinces not only sophisticated sensibilities of a-muse-ment and arousal but also of existence itself.”
Sonia Di Placido, author of Exaltation in Cadmium Red
In this entertaining, clever, genre-busting romp, Morse steers his courageous protagonist along a treacherous journey through time, weaving within the fast-moving plot references to classical literature, famous philosophers and ancient myths.”
Melanie Schnell, author of While the Sun Is Above Us
To inherit her estranged fathers vast fortune, Diminuenda must travel into the past and collect” a number of objets dart.
In this prequel to the series, our cheeky diva, Diminuenda, travels to Classical Greece, becoming the subject of the very painting she must steal, and from there on to Ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence, the realm of Louis XIV, and finally WWII Britain, each era offering the author opportunities to satirize literary genres and themes of the period.
In this fifth novel in The Chaos! Quincunx series, cheeky diva Diminuenda travels into the past in order to collect a number of objets d'art and thus inherit her father's vast fortune. She visits Classical Greece, becoming the subject of the very painting she must steal, and from there to Ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence, and on through time, each era offering the opportunity to satirize literary genres and themes of the period.
Garry Thomas Morse is a poet and novelist. The first two novels in the series, Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus, were shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Awards.
About the Author
Garry Thomas Morse has had two books of poetry published by LINEbooks Transversals for Orpheus
(2006) and Streams
(2007) and three collections of fiction published by Talonbooks Death in Vancouver
(2009), Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus
(2012), and Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour
, the latter two of which make up two of three books in The Chaos! Quincunx series. Talon has also published two books of Morses poetry, After Jack
(2010) and Discovery Passages
(2011), which was a finalist for the Governor Generals Award for Poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and was also voted One of the Top Ten Poetry Collections of 2011 by the Globe and Mail
and One of the Best Ten Aboriginal Books from the past decade by CBCs 8th Fire
. Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus
was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Awards.
Grounded in the work of Arthur Rimbaud, Robert Desnos, Ezra Pound, Jack Spicer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and his Native oral traditions, Morses work continues to appear in a variety of publications and is studied at various Canadian universities, including the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the 2008 City of Vancouver Mayors Arts Award for Emerging Artist and has twice been selected as runner-up for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
Morse currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.