Wednesdaymeter – Dean Carnby
Tired of all the same types of fantasy stories out there? Wishing you could read something completely new and original? Like to eat fruit? And maybe enjoy a bit of quirk? Then you might find this book to your liking. As a newish author who I had never explored before, I decided to take a chance on this and see what he had to offer.
Wednesdaymeter is a thinker. It is not an easy read nor is it in any way familiar to something else. I applaud Carnby’s originality. As well, I do not feel this book is as complicated as some others may feel. Fruit and colors are the magic components in the story. While the actual breakdown of how the magic system works is never clearly defined, it is clear they hold the power to distort and change the character’s reality. The world we know has been contaminated and now there are two dimensions. Some characters are represented by shapes, like polygon and triangle characters. I might be getting metaphorical here, but to me their shapes represented their power level like how the military and police use symbols to denote status. Whether this was meant to be metaphorical, I can’t say, but it is how I interpreted the abstractness. There were other symbols used that also had metaphorical tones that could be read into that were scattered throughout the book. Also, included throughout the story was social commentary on life in general and how pointless our jobs and activities can be spending so much of our time on fruitless agendas. Often to dehumanizing effects. This is more of a fantasy literary read with an awkward adventure, than a standard fantasy experience. However, Pearson, a character relatively new to the powers of fruit is learning about the world as much as we are and so having him as a somewhat uninformed perspective helped me as a reader feel not as blind. I appreciated that by incorporating Pearson we are supposed to be as wide eyed and confused too.
On a side note, I would like to mention how pretty the cover is. The designer Tyler Edlin did an awesome job of capturing the essence of the book. There is quite a bit of pineapple riding and in general just a captivating cover. It helped make my decision to read the book easier. Never underestimate the power of a good cover.
Carnby created a clean and well-written wacky story that will have you scratching your head at times. Occasionally, I thought the author might have been high out of confusion and wonder as to where in the world he came up with these ideas. This is definitely a different ride and if you want to spend some time in New Bensonville exploring this strange world, then I encourage you to pick it up and give it a try. While this tale was not my exact cup of tea, I acknowledge that this is a well done story and will appeal to readers who enjoy the unusual.
You can pick up a copy on Amazon for $0.99 in Kindle format.
Synopsis: An eggplant wails, a ladder breaks, and the guise of civility shatters.
A professor of festival studies, a potato hunter, a deadly career counselor, and a part-time terrorist are struggling to retain their sanity in a magically mundane city. Their carefully laid plans fall apart when they meet Mr. Pearson, an everyman who suspects a conspiracy of evil polygons behind his company’s absurd practices.
Theirs is a world in which people use raw produce and wasted time to alter reality. If it were not for the stringent safety standards on fruits and vegetables, the citizens would live in misery. Most live a life of willful ignorance instead, desperate to avoid facing the threats surrounding them. Festival season is about to begin, but the colorful banners cannot hide the tragic past any longer.
Wednesdaymeter is a satirical urban fantasy novel for adults who have had at least one thankless, dead-end job before.
The man behind the book:
Dean Carnby spends most of his free time learning about our world and worlds created by our imagination. He believes that everything can be made light of, especially the things we would rather not examine up close.
It is his conviction that one does not have to travel to other dimensions and meet exotic aliens to live a life of adventure. Given the right framing, a battleship gray cubicle can be just as terrifying as a tentacled monstrosity. If you do not believe him, just look up which one drives more people to madness in actuality.
If you have had at least one thankless, dead-end job before, you might appreciate his blend of sarcasm and serious storytelling.
Check out his author website here.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review