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If you’re familiar with David Arnold, you’ll know you’re about to step into a weird and wonderful world when you open up the pages; ‘The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik’ isn’t exempt from the rule either. Filled with literal oddities and beautiful complexities, this is a modern-day coming-of-age story that highlights and explores the emotional aspects of being alone, versus loneliness.
We’re about to talk specifics here. Scroll down past the hypnotising gif to make sure you don’t ruin your read.
Still here and don’t want spoilers? We’ve warned you.
‘The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik’ is a surrealist story that explores all the different ways we hurt our friends and family without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us. The 16-year-old protagonist, Noah, gets hypnotised and sees constants in his life change: his mum has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his dog who was dubbed ‘useless’ and walked with a limp, is suddenly full of life; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics buff, now dabbles in the Marvel universe. Everything in his world has been rewritten – except his strange fascinations.
David Arnold’s writing style is unique and will pull you in from page one. The story is told in a way which truly appears to resemble the inner workings of a teenager’s mind, allowing readers to relate to Noah’s character. ‘Strange Fascinations’ is also peppered with modern day media references, in fact, it’ll make you want to listen to Bowie non-stop and watch your favourite episodes of Gilmore Girls straight after.
Have you ever felt tired of figuratively wearing the same old sweater? Of everyone expecting a traditional path for your future? Follow Noah’s story as he wakes up to a world of panic, heartache and concerns, but most importantly love, compassion and an iron-clad triangular friendship.
‘The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik’ is a wild ride that you won’t want to stop, but we recommend grabbing on tight, right until the very end.
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