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The story is set 40,000 years in the future, the Earth is gone and humans are a bit different to how we know them. So given the time and distance involved, how is a simple human like me going to make sense of this brave new world?
Meet Aylin Morgan, your protagonist and guide for ACN. Aylin is very much a 21st Century human. Not only does she have quite an intense adventure, she takes time to guide us through the world of Elpis.
The opening chapters initially seem a little confusing and intense, you really get a sense of Aylin struggling to make sense of the world and her companion. He is an Anlox called Catch and if you want to know what an Anlox is, read the book!
As the story moves on Aylin shines as a protagonist and a storyteller, the latter point really shows as she breaks out of the text and addresses the reader directly; she will often share her thoughts and opinions with us folks on the other side of the page. The story is told in kind of conversational style, almost as if you were sitting over a coffee with Aylin while she tells you of her adventures. At other times the story is told a little more by the author and it’s a testament to MKF’s skill as writer that these two styles blend together so well. I really enjoyed the conversational style, especially when Aylin give me permission to imagine as a scene however I want to!
So how can a world 40,000 years in the future be so accessible? One reason is MKF’s ability to describe the world in ways that make it real, complete and very rounded. The other is Aylin herself. Aylin speaks our language, has our priorities in life and relates these to the world around her either to draw comparison or contrast. She also uses many (and by many I mean lot) of pop culture references; everything from movies, music and memes. McGyver, Douglas Adams, Dr Who and even Ferris Bueller all receive a nod. I really appreciated this aspect of ACN, it’s kind of self aware and very relatable.
I really enjoyed this book, it can be challenging (in the right ways) but is also rewarding. Due to time constraints I had to read in multiple sessions but would really recommend blocking of some time as once you start Aylin draws you in.
Story – A Charming Nightmare is a futuristic fantasy with a decent “who done it” and why mystery, and some uncomfortably violent romance. The main female character, Aylin, is gutsy and dynamic, albeit often confused and vulnerable. She comes across as very human and rather likeable. 4/5
Style – I was lucky enough to get an answer from the author as to her switching between present and past tense throughout the book. She writes the way she speaks. In some ways this is actually pretty effective. It’s an extremely informal and conversational style and it is possible to get used to the switches as you progress, especially with this knowledge to hand.
The book breaks the fourth wall. While it seems to be a first person tale the pronoun “you” is frequently used. The book can be viewed as a one-to-one retelling of events between the reader and Aylin, perhaps over a few beers. The story is told rather than shown. The immersion of the reader is through this unique direct engagement technique.
There are brilliant touches of comedy throughout and I loved the frequent reference to 20th century pop culture and fine English literature. It brought the distant future, the present and the past together in utterly charming ways. For me this was the strongest and most successful aspect of the book. 3.5/5
Grammar – The book needs an editor’s touch. While no book is error free, this one is riddled. Possessive apostrophes are missing. Their/they’re/there and your/you’re are used as if completely interchangeable. Often homophones are used rather than the correct words. It does make it difficult to understand at times and while this feels less important as the book progresses, it doesn’t become any less frustrating. 1/5
Conclusion – Charming Nightmare typifies the differences between indie and traditional publishing. A battle between fine art and street art. This book is interesting and often beautiful graffiti that tells us something about modern parlance, which Tolstoy or Hemingway cannot. It is a rule breaker. Gag your inner editor if you can and give it a go. You too might uncover something very worthwhile.
The language used has a interesting mix of formal eloquence and colloquialisms within the novel's text.
It takes some chapters into to get your feet grounded in the ACN universe. If you clear your mind, steady your metaphorical feet, then you'll find something interesting here. I'd advise you to read this over a weekend with no distractions or noise. You'll need all your focus to keep your bearings within the novel. I feel it is worth it, and once you are 5 chapters in, you'll be hooked.
I liked the futuristic science elements which draws enough from science fiction and science theory, to be plausible. The mixed with the darkness of Vonnegut tones. We see bleakness, unnerving uncertainty - like its title, it is 'a charming nightmare' of a far off future. use of 'nanos' is rather fascinating - something that would change medical science forever. It felt well researched and created more a exiting touch to the world of ACN.
Franke paints a beautiful unnerving world with an alarming future. I liked the Douglas Adams references scattered within, with darker futurist tones. Much like the novel's title, 'a charming nightmare' of a far off future in another world.
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The humans in her story are very un-human. Her ideas of what lies ahead for humanity are quite interesting, but what really sells it is the main character Aylin's narration. The story is told from her perspective, and you better believe she is a fish out of water. The manner in which the tale is relayed also inexorably brings the reader into this feeling. I found myself having to reread many sentences to really get the meaning. At first, I found it aggravating, but then it dawned on me - I was also feeling somewhat disoriented and discomfited. This is how Aylin feels, this underlying buzz, this simmer of never calm or comfortable. It is sublime, really, to have felt myself taken on this journey much as Aylin is given little more than pseudo-choice in hers.
I won't go too much into the story, as I don't want to divulge spoilers, but the imagination expressed is breathtaking. Ms. Franke's vision of the future (and to some extent, our past) is epic, amazing, and fun. I very much enjoyed the "present day" humans' take on our history and how they view and treat Aylin - many as a prized object but some as a treasure trove of information. She is truly bound to this fate, but she does not at all take things lying down. Aylin came off as very, well, human, and it helps to sell the real feel of this amazing and fantastical tale.
My favorite part of this novel is the author's use of pop culture references by the narrator to connect a story that takes place 40000 years in the future to the present. One moment you're walking through a world lightyears away trying to picture the hooded people around you and the next the author is making a references to a video game or a book or a painting that it reminds her of. She too is foreign to the land and is picking bits out of her imagination to help her understand the present situation.
It was, as with most first books in a series, a little slow to start. But, the mystery of the journey with Aylin being dragged through a purple forest by an Adonis with yellow eyes kept me wanting more. It picked up by the seventh chapter and I couldn't put it down.
The writing is different too, it's own brand of colloquial Shakespeare; it absolutely and vividly gets the point across and it is unique without feeling gimmicky.
Overall, I highly recommend this book!