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I wrote a book called Fadeout. It’s a NaNoWriMo novel, and it’s a kind of a crime/mystery thing with some SF/horror/general weirdness elements thrown in for good measure. It’s got suspense, romance, fistfights, a lot of cussin’ and even an ending! In it, you’ll meet Carter, who’s messed up in ways that aren’t entirely natural. Say, would you like to see him try to take down a corrupt politician while dealing with a murder attempt set up by a semi-competent ex-pimp? You came to the right place.

If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the deal: the idea is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words during 30 days. Yes, this is a challenge. I go into more detail about the process and the end result in the introduction I wrote for the book itself. Fair warning: it gets kinda rough in places! Still, it was a challenge (I almost hit 70,000 words), and I’m happy that I made it. All in all, it turned out pretty well and people seem to like it.

Fadeout is available as an e-book. It’s a .mobi file, which means it’s compatible with Kindle and other e-book readers. If you don’t have one, you can also read it on your computer and most mobile devices by downloading the free Kindle software. There’s now also an ePub file, which should be good news for Android users.

You can download Fadeout here (MOBI version).
You can download Fadeout here (ePub version).

I’m not charging anything for this, this is a free download — to be frank, it doesn’t feel right to ask for money for something that is so clearly a first draft. That said, if you do download it, I’d appreciate it if you also made a donation to Amnesty International. They do very important human rights work all over the world, and they can’t do it without support. Entirely up to you, but it’d be awesome. If you link to this (please do, spread the word!), I’d appreciate it if you linked to this page, rather than directly to the file itself.

The cover is by my friend Timo Vuorensola, who is a very cool guy, and you should check him out. He was busy wrapping up that movie about Moon Nazis when he made it, so I’m very grateful that he took the time to help me out.

Hope you enjoy it!

Exciting and Interesting Copyright Stuff

I’ve decided to go with a Creative Commons License for Fadeout.

Creative Commons License
Fadeout by Mikko Rautalahti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

What this means in practice is that you can download the book, and distribute it however you please (Want to give a copy to a friend? Go for it!), but you can’t alter the file in any way, you can’t sell it or otherwise make money from it, and you have to say I made it.


  1. Nice… Unfortunately it looks like Android Kindle App can’t open books which are not bought from Amazon. You seem to need to buy a real Kindle for that.

    Have to see later on if those tips to directly transfer the file into correct folder in the phone using USB work. Or to convert that file into ePub so other readers can open it.

    Comment by Joonas Iivonen — January 19, 2012 @ 1326967510

  2. Okay, I wasn’t aware of that. Seems… weird; .mobi’s not a proprietary format or anything, and it seems to work just fine on other platforms. There seems to be no real reason for why Android wouldn’t want to play ball with .mobi (or the other way around), but that seems to bet he case.

    I can look into making an ePub version, but honestly, I’m kind of reluctant to have several versions of the same thing floating around, it just seems like a big hassle. On the other hand, putting people in a position where they have to break the license terms in order to read what’s supposed to be a free book is really dumb. I’ll try to take a look at this tonight.

    Comment by Mikki — January 19, 2012 @ 1326967911

  3. Cool! Looking forward to reading the ePub version!

    Comment by Tapio — January 19, 2012 @ 1326987026

  4. Okay, there’s an ePub version available above now — many thanks to my friend Brandon Blackmoor for checking it out on his Android phone; it should work for you guys. (Couldn’t test it myself, since I have an iPhone.)


    Comment by Mikki — January 20, 2012 @ 1327018753

  5. The ePub version works right out of (Drop-)box. Thanks!

    Comment by Joonas Iivonen — January 20, 2012 @ 1327021772

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