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The Fiddler In The Night by Christian Fennell Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

A young teen must navigate rural America and stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer in author Christian Fennell’s “The Fiddler In The Night”.

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The Synopsis

Christian Fennell’s, The Fiddler in the Night, is a return by the author to the raw, abstract, and visceral landscapes set forth in his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Torrents of Our Time. In his debut novel, Fennell takes the reader on an orphaned teen’s journey through the darker recesses of rural America–horrifying, yet compelling–where he tries to stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer. A tragic love story unfolding against a background that is both real and imagined, making this novel as memorable for its language as for its non-stop and blistering storyline.

The Review

A haunting and beautiful story of love, loss, and the journey in between, author Christian Fennell has done an amazing job with his debut novel. His almost poetic way of telling the story really strikes at the heart of rural America, and the way the author writes allows enough room for the reader’s own imagination to go to work, bringing this story to life in their mind.

The cat-and-mouse storytelling is the perfect backdrop to the novel’s two core elements: beautiful imagery and depth-filled character growth. The story of a young teen in search of his missing mother after his sick father passes away set against a deadly killer stalking the darkness around him is a chilling scene, to begin with, and the journey these characters take is elevated by the in-depth look into the heart of rural America. 

The Verdict

A harmonic, artistic style of storytelling at its finest, author Christian Fennell’s “The Fiddler in the Night” is a must-read book for 2021. A thought-provoking narrative and awe-inspiring poetic storytelling are perfectly encapsulated by the author’s deep character development and emotional story. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy of the author’s debut novel today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Christian Fennell is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Torrents of Our Time, Firenze Books, October 6, 2020, and the novel, The Fiddler in the Night, Firenze Books, January 26, 2021. 

Christian’s essays and short stories have appeared in a number of international magazines, literary journals, and collected works, including: Chaleur MagazineLitro Magazine, XRAY Literary Magazine, Dreamers Magazine, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Kind Writers Anthology, Liars’ League London, Wilderness House Literary Review, and .Cent Magazine, among others. He was a columnist and the fiction editor at The Prague Review. Prior to this, Christian worked as a screenwriter and commercial director (DGC).

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Interview with Author Anthony Avina

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

From a young age, say around 12, I always thought writing is what I would end up doing. And it did start that way, writing scripts, adaptations, mostly, while crewing on film and television productions. While I was doing this, I started making short films on the side, and on the strength of one of these, an adaptation of Alistair MacLeod’s short story, ‘The Lost Salt Gift of Blood’, I began directing commercials. From there, I moved into directing and producing extreme sports. It wasn’t until 2012 that I came back to writing, however, this time, instead of scripts, it was narrative fiction and essays. 

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2) What inspired you to write your book?

Life changed. And on a very specific day, at 4 am, how I wrote changed. I had been a good writer – paid to write, but this was different. And I began to explore that. This was in 2010. By 2012, I realized, okay, this is it now, this me. And so I started to work on the book, The Fiddler in the Night, but then, a different story idea would come to me, and I’d explore that. And so, that’s what happened, I’d work on the novel, leave it, and write a short story or two, then go back to the novel. While this was happening, one of these other story ideas turned out to be bigger than a short story, and so there I was – writing short stories and two novels. Probably not the most expedient way to write a book, but then again, here I am now, eight years later, with three books done, which to me, I consider to be a trilogy, The Real and the ImaginedThe Fiddler in the Night being Book Two. Torrents of Our Time, the collection of stories, Book One.  

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I guess, keep moving forward. Not always easy, and at times, not always possible. But it is the goal. That, and embrace change, when it comes. Listen to it, which often means, finding a deeper level of faith and trust in yourself. 

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I’ve never thought in terms of genre as a writer. I just write, and try to be a better writer each day. I suppose though, the books I gravitated to as a reader, have influenced me, to a degree, in terms of how I write. Or perhaps, what I write. Although, I side more with Toni Morrison on that question, in that, I think reading, although it can be an influence on a writer, that influence is greatly overestimated.  

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them, and why?

Oh man …. idk? Rachael, I guess. And I’d ask her – or rather, say to her, please don’t hold it against me that I placed you in such a strange place. Fictional characters that you write – it’s a mystery, really, how they become what they become. And why. But I would certainly want these conversations to be me asking questions, and not the other way around.

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Helpful? I’m a social media … if not failure, call it – just not good at it. I’d like to get to the place where I don’t bring the one to the other. 

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

One, there are no absolutes. Nothing is true. And this, especially when you’re young, is so important to understand. Two, it’s going to take a long time, and I don’t care who you are, it just is. And so my advice would be to work somewhere and make as much bank as you can, as quickly as you can, while you first explore writing, and then – take off. Travel, or find a cheap place to live somewhere you love, and go at it, hard. But whatever you do, and this applies only to fiction writers, and those wanting to make a living from fiction, do not give that money to an institution, of any kind. Just don’t. Stay out on your own, and go at it like that … it’s the truest way of getting there, IMO. 

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I’m finishing up now, Book Three, tentatively called Isidore, of the trilogy The Real and the Imagined. It’s scheduled to come out in the Spring of 2021. After that, it depends if the world gets back to where it once was, and travel becomes a thing again. If so, with these three books out, I think a bookstores and beaches tour could be in order. Perhaps, stop in and visit with some other artists and writers along the way.

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About the Author

Christian Fennell writes literary fiction and essays. His short story collection, Torrents of Our Time, is scheduled to be released by Firenze Books, October 6, 2020. His novel, The Fiddler in the Night, January 2021.

Christian’s short stories and essays have appeared in a number of international magazines, literary journals, and collected works, including: Chaleur Magazine, Litro Magazine, XRAY Literary Magazine, Dreamers Magazine, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Kind Writers Anthology, Liars’ League London, Wilderness House Literary Review, and .Cent Magazine, among others.

Christian was a columnist and the fiction editor at the Prague Revue. He is currently working on his second novel.

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Torrents of our Time by Christian Fennell Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Author Christian Fennell showcases his mastery of short stories in his latest collection, “Torrents of our Time”. 

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The Synopsis

Christian Fennell’s debut book, Torrents of Our Time, brings together a collection of 22 stories, most of which have appeared in international literary journals and anthologies. A gifted storyteller with a wide ranging audience, Fennell challenges the weakness in the heart of all our “truths”, while illuminating our dreams and our fears. These are stories that reside in the broken places of us, a stunning dance between our flaws and the beauty and joy of who we are, in this place now. Taken as a whole, Torrents of Our Time is a lyrical and page-turning narrative of love, loss, and pain.

The Review

This was a fantastic short story collection. The author has a superb way with words that is both poetic and thought-provoking. Each story is written in a way that allows the reader to interpret and feel their own emotions about the narrative rather than a straightforward story with a beginning, middle and end. 

One story in particular that I enjoyed as a paranormal and magick enthusiast is The Witch in the Woods, which plays on childhood fears and storytelling and the concept of bravery in the face of that fear. The elements involving the “witch” were great to see and the story ends on a shocking note, but the grander concept of false narratives blinding us to the truth and how stories can grow and take on a life of their own really resonated with me. The author’s expert use of imagery and character growth in such a short span of time really added to the thoughtful nature of each story being told. 

The Verdict

Overall, this was a must-read collection. The author’s work is profoundly impactful and really draws the reader in. Each story has something for every kind of reader, and the author’s writing really is creative and emotionally powerful in its delivery, making this a one of a kind read that cannot be missed. Be sure to grab your copies today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Christian Fennell writes literary fiction and essays. His short story collection, Torrents of Our Time, is scheduled to be released by Firenze Books, October 6, 2020. His novel, The Fiddler in the Night, January 2021.

Christian’s short stories and essays have appeared in a number of international magazines, literary journals, and collected works, including: Chaleur Magazine, Litro Magazine, XRAY Literary Magazine, Dreamers Magazine, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Kind Writers Anthology, Liars’ League London, Wilderness House Literary Review, and .Cent Magazine, among others.

Christian was a columnist and the fiction editor at the Prague Revue. He is currently working on his second novel.

https://www.christianfennell.com/

https://www.instagram.com/christianfennell_/

https://www.facebook.com/Christian-Fennell-103446968171343