Nascent Illusion presents itself as an honest criticism of paradigm and opinion, a darkly satirical commentary on your inner-most feelings and a speaker of things you would never dare to admit. Hassall seems completely at ease with unusual word collocation, bending and melding language, and presents both poetry and prose that defy all standardised rules or concepts. These are the elements that make me continually quote lines and passages from this book to friends and family.
If you want smooth, natural tones to send you to sleep, this collection will do the opposite - it will shock and maybe even offend, so be prepared to open your mind and absorb the characters that begin to grow in this book. Reading through, you are rocked and awoken with brutal truths and sadistic overtones. The author implores you continually to look at life, at people, or to think about the words you use, very differently and in a way that keeps you thinking long after closing the book.
In moments, his characters break away from their narration and address you directly. They ask you questions and apologise for their actions. Nascent Illusion dares to pull you into the surreal realities that it creates, and once you are there, you become an eye-witness to the delusions of characters who even believe they can travel time, or the simple, likeable characters who need help and you are the only one who knows about them.
I cannot praise this book enough, not only because the poetry and prose breaks form and ignores the predictable, but also it doesn't need you to already enjoy reading - because this is like nothing you will have read before (in my opinion any way). Be prepared to be shocked, amused, saddened and entertained throughout these irony-soaked, cynically-charged pages.
Enjoy it. Look forward to The Ambient Chronicles: Bus Sex Monologue, Delusional Belief System, Cannot Deal Alone and, the piece that closes this collection, Imagine the Space.