By  on July 29, 2005

NEW YORK — Scott Chambliss, the creative tornado behind the production of the ABC show "Alias," is applying special effects to his first illustrated novel.

With just a glance of the hot pink, cartoonish characters on the cover of "Maahvelous! Princess Puut and Dali Do Venice," bookworms will get the picture that what lies ahead is not a run-of-the-mill read.

Chambliss' princess is a washed-up infomercial specialist whose designer-clad curvy bod is superimposed on panoramic photos of Venice. Her sidekick, Dali, is a goateed man with sleek suits and futuristic rings. Together they tear through Venice dropping such gems as "Don't you think that a young Venetian would be a perfect souvenir to take home?"

Princess Puut is said to be based on a Hollywood diva, but Chambliss, whose latest role is production designer for the movie "Mission Impossible 3," is not saying who. Dali, on the other hand, "is who I wish I were," he said.

He rounded up some of his famous friends to plug the book, which Glitterati will publish in October. Isabella Rossellini wrote the preface and Jennifer Garner scribbled some "kind words" on one of the pages. Rossellini wrote, "His fantasy gallops fast and far into a totally invented world. Incredibly enough, it's a world that feels familiar to me."

Chambliss' friend, Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, provided the foreward and is now selling exotic caramels inspired by the book. Like many other fashion-minded types, Princess Puut is unabashed about her promotional shout-outs, spelling out the recipe for Vosges' "love goddess cake." Her personal packing tips are printed on another page, detailing such necessities as 12 cases of MAC lipstick lacquer, 62 pairs of Manolo Blahniks, a Coach weekend carryall and Soho cruiser, Pustefix bubble bears, "every piece of" Dolce & Gabbana "I own" and other indulgences.

As for his own collage-like splurge, Chambliss said: "I just wanted to do something that would make me happy."

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