The Irate Savant by Lein Shory

If arrogance were means to power, the Irate Savant would rule the world. Instead he earns minimum wage in a Chicago antiquities gallery.

Desperate for a paycheck, he ignores his boss's black marketeering and constant scoldings for loafing and tardiness. But the Savant can't ignore the bizarre text messages that invade his cellphone. The antiquities that defy known archaeology. The frantic collector who storms into the gallery, babbling about strange inscriptions on artifacts, and the one-eyed excavator who threatens to reveal terrible secrets--both of whom disappear.

Home offers little comfort. The jerk in the apartment below torments him at every turn. His budding relationship with a woman in his building is disrupted by her redneck former boyfriend. And her innocent questions about his past summon memories of a forbidden affair, the tragic consequences of which he's been running from for years.

Now he's being followed. A stunning woman in a nearby greasy spoon hints through cryptic riddles at possible answers. But do the answers lie in the gallery, or in his past?

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted March 1, 2009
  • Last updated March 1, 2009
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  • Eunice Attwood's avatar
    Eunice Attwood wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    An intellectual piece with a well constructed story line. Very clever work indeed. Happy to back. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

  • Eveleen's avatar
    Eveleen wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Backed with pleasure
    Hope you'll read mine

  • Lara's avatar
    Lara wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    I genuinely enjoyed this. The self-absorbed uppitiness of your MC was well and rapidly portrayed. I liked the descriptions of the uglier ones he was destined to serve and I would read on ... What have you been doing wrong on this site that your ranking is so low? Backed. Are you still there....?
    Good For Him

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Lein,
    This was an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Arrogant is the word.
    Backed with pleasure,
    Little Krisna and the Bihar Boys

  • SusieGulick's avatar
    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Dear Lein, I love your fascinating story - this guy is lovable & in need of love. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your pitch, which was very well done. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book. :) "When you back a book, it only ...
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  • Becca's avatar
    Becca wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    What a hard voice this must have been to maintain. The character is fantastic, but for me hard to read. This is definitely an intellectual read. Good for lit-fic, probably not meant for the mainstream. I personally wouldn't buy this (though I do like some lit fic) but I can definitely recognize good writing when I see it, so I've backed this and wish you luck with it.

    The Forever Girl

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    Esrevinu [Retired] wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Lein, your images are intelligent and masterful. Your writing style is impressive and the descriptions—stylish
    Good luck
    The Esrevinu Chronicles/Secrets of the Elephant Rocks

  • Lara's avatar
    Lara wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    I love the title and immediately the novel starts, we get the measure of the narrator. I read sections up to 8 and see that you manage to sustain the voice right through. It reminds me a little of Remains of the Day. What a compliment. It's an unusual and possibly fascinating theme. Well done. I would be grateful of your attention to Good For Him


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    JMCornwell [Retired] wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    " door to his apartment open." I think one open is sufficient "...much less afford such a purpose.' Do you mean expense? Helpful and efficient would be purpose, but the cost would be an expense or luxury. As pompous and definitely arch as is this particular character, there's something intriguing about him. He's a snob and a jerk, but an entertaining snob and jerk. The writing is nearly flawless and moves well. The pacing is and flow are so clear ...
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  • soutexmex's avatar
    soutexmex wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Do not tell us in the short pitch: show us. The long pitch does work though. Being Authonomy's #1 commentator and amateur pitch doctor, trust me, spend some time on your pitches; I cannot overemphasize how you need to master this basic sales technique to grab the casual reader. That's how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. SHELVED! I can use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Cheers! ...
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    Burgio [Retired] wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    This is an interesting story. Your narrator is a good character; likable and certainly sympathetic because people all around him treat him so badly. You've obviously thought a lot about him to get inside his mind so well - and then allow your reader to do the same. Makes this a good read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

    ALPACAJUNCTION wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    Very interesting story line. Very easy to read. Good descriptions. You might wish to tighten up the pitch a bit. I think you try to explain too much there. Backed. Sincerely, Gordon Kuhn.....Alpaca Junction

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    plip wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    Enjoyable read, with an interesting, though repugnant, narrator. The hooks are skilfully placed, with hints leading in several directions. Some very minor typos/glitches, but overall written with confidence and skill.

  • fenyks's avatar
    fenyks wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    Your narrative is highly addictive. The only downside is that I discovered it rather well into the wee hours when my attention span is faltering, but after reading the first two chapters, I will definitely return to pore over the remainder.

  • Kolro's avatar
    Kolro wrote 5 years, 10 months ago
    Had this book recommended to me by Stampman who I must now shower with gifts. Your book is a fantastic piece of prose, reminiscent of an early 1900s story I'm bashing my head against the wall trying to remember. The eerie, twisting manner of the narrative is akin to Poe or Lovecraft; a professional sense of foreboding being spun before as I read. Since the last comment before this was made 136 days ago, it's clear this book is now ...
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  • Abu El Banat's avatar
    Abu El Banat wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Lein, I am here on the recommendation of MM Bennetts, whose judgment is pretty reliable. Nor am I disappointed. Thank God there are still people like your narrator around. Only a handful, mind, but that handful is better than none at all. People of sense, taste and intellect, who know the difference between a string quartet and a string vest. He has a good deal in common with an old friend of mine from school and Oxford; I have a ...
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  • Pat Black's avatar
    Pat Black wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    Goodness me, get me Roget's on the phone! I very much enjoyed this acid-tongued Type C narrator... the brutality of the descriptions and the verbose framing tickled me. Did I detect a hint of Montgomery Burns in the Old Wretch? I rather think I did. And a genuinely affecting description of beauty right a the bottom there. A first chapter to savour, I'll put up a thread on this entitled "Mere nonpareil Achaean" - hope to see you there!


  • ML Hamilton's avatar
    ML Hamilton wrote 6 years, 4 months ago


    Wow! What an intelligent, delightful read. I can't believe how rapidly I went through chapter one, moving from one arrogant, self-absorbed rant of the narrator to the next. He's so easy to dislike that I find myself liking him a great deal. Brilliant characterization, that. The writing is spotless. I'm beyond impressed.

    On my shelf,


  • Michael Croucher's avatar
    Michael Croucher wrote 6 years, 4 months ago

    Hello Lein, I enjoyed this a lot. Your writing is crisp and uncluttered, and doesn't distract from the pace you've set. The characters are well developed and compelling, your descriptions vivid. It's an unusual but very effective style of writing. I'm happy to give it some time on my shelf.

  • Jeff Blackmer's avatar
    Jeff Blackmer wrote 6 years, 4 months ago
    Lein! This is so good! Your main character is self absorbed, yet observant, arrogant, yet eloquent, cynical but possessed of an understated and droll sense of humor so dry as to be almost non-existant. But you have drawn him well and given us a wonderful insight into the mind of the Irate Savant. His narrative pulls us right along, into his ever complicating life. His vocabulary is positively sesquapedalian, but it works deliciously well. Glad to have you on my ...
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