Reprise: A Post-Modern Comedy of Manners

“… a breakneck journey, a loveletter to being a nerd, and a good time.”

The Independent Book Review
Front and back cover of Reprise.

If Jane Austen and Douglas Adams had managed to transcend time and space to produce a child, she would have written Reprise!

Most people play ‘F**k, Marry, Kill’ as a game of hypotheticals, but Eddy Courant’s life takes an unconventional path.

In Zilla Novikov’s caustically funny debut novel, Dr. François Gagnon offers Eddy a postdoc position studying time loops. This unexpected chance to revive her career pulls Eddy from a deep depression. She loses herself to the thrill of science, and to the simpler pleasures in life – like flirting with her boss, seducing his wife, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with their son.

That is, until the men funding the research demand ever-more ground-breaking data to justify keeping her on board – after all, they have a war to start.

Eddy is plunged into ever darker and more violent acts to appease the funders. So long as she’s employed, she doesn’t have to face the consequences of replaying countless deaths – including her own. But keeping track of shifting timelines while her own mental state deteriorates means losing the ability to tell real life from its shadow.

If you like your pop culture nerdy, your queers messy, and your time travel criminally clever, this book is for you.

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About Zilla

Zilla Novikov
Image shows black and white photo of Zilla Novikov

Zilla Novikov is the co-author of The Sad Bastard Cookbook: Food You Can Make So You Don’t Die, written with Rachel A. Rosen, and the novella, Query, as well as her debut novel, Reprise. You can pre-order the novel on Amazon or support the Kickstarter campaign by visiting

The Sad Bastard Cookbook

Life is hard. Some days are at the absolute limit of what we can manage. Some days are worse than that. Eating—picking a meal, making it, putting it into your facehole—can feel like an insurmountable challenge. We wrote this cookbook to share our coping strategies. It has recipes to make when you’ve worked a 16-hour day, when you can’t stop crying and you don’t know why, when you accidentally woke up an Eldritch abomination at the bottom of the ocean. But most of all, this cookbook exists to help Sad Bastards like us feel a little less alone at mealtimes.

The Sad Bastard Cookbook is funny, realistic, and kind. It’s vegetarian/vegan. It’s a community-built project. And the e-book is free. It’s hard to survive late capitalism and we want to help. Get your free e-book as a PDF here.


City planner by day, tired climate activist by day off, aspiring writer Zilla Novikov’s query letters quickly devolve into a darkly funny exploration of her own psyche. As the rejections pile up, her novel blurbs and biographies grow increasingly unhinged, while Zilla discovers that the road to bestseller-dom is paved with neoliberal hellscapes.

This book is a scathing satire with genuine passion and heart at its core. Come for the wit and the blackout poetry, stay for the actual inspiration to fight the good fight.
— Rachel A. Rosen, author of Cascade

Want an e-book or a print book with a safe for work cover? That’s Amazon, but also other online book retailers—Beyond Cataclysm is a rad choice, among others. Want an e-book with an exclusive cover too risque for Amazon? Get it at tRaum Books.