Des Lewis: consumer and reviewer of all forms of definably ‘hyper-imaginative’ fiction in English.
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THE HAWLING OF HYPER-IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE
Defined for this site – Literary, SF, Weird and Horror fiction in English from the last few centuries that magnifies the irreal to the arguable limit of human imagining as part of its pursuit of a consuming or entertaining preternaturalism by adding further values or truths to our existence.
Examples of a specialist source of hyper-imaginative fiction books linked from HERE.
A no spoiler policy is always followed, subject to the nature of real-time reviews.
Reviews representing the passion of wwthe moment. My book reviews are written for three separate parties: myself, the readers and the book’s inferred creator. Most reviews elsewhere are actual PREviews for readers. Mine can also be genuine REviews that can be read (a) alongside me as the reader reads the book or (b) after the book is read by the reader.
Books are bought by me for my personal reading and real-time reviewing. Review copies are rarely accepted.
In the future, fiction works will only be remembered by having once been gestalt real-time reviewed.
I don’t necessarily need authors to react to my real-time reviews of their books I bought. But it is nice simply to know they have read (are reading) them. I do this activity, anyway, for my own pleasure and as a usefulness aid to my own reading, but I also do it for past and future readers of the books, and, yes, for the authors themselves.
“I love that you can read his reviews beforehand without a real fear of spoilers, and then read them again after reading the story and derive something new from the story.” Quoted from HERE
I have generally not submitted my own work to publishers since 1999.
When some other book reviews have receded into the past, these will still be remembered, their dreams caught. Books and reviews caught together.
I try to read and review fiction as purely what it is and how its presentation affects its meaning or effect. I try to ignore any politics, shenanigans, biography, costs etc. that might lie behind such fictions, as that is how posterity will read it, ignoring things other than the fiction and the book they hold in their hand.
These gestalt real-time reviews, in tune with the philosophy of the whole site, are based on a single reading of the text alone and on anything commonly known, without extra research or anything susceptible to the Intentional Fallacy in fiction and poetic literature. Speculation, however, is allowed about unknown factors underlying the work reviewed.
Some say the books often give away spoilers about my reviews of them!
The more I do this gestalt dreamcatching of hyper-literature, the more it works! By not only substance but also flashpoints of time.
I thank all the authors involved for involuntarily sharing in my gestalt site’s healing or hawling literatum for our troubled times, a labyrinth ineluctably designed to be created step by step. Each of us a Dreamcatcher.
The power of imagination is stronger than any of us can ever imagine.
Simply to be chosen by preternatural instinct for my Gestalt site is better than a starred review elsewhere.
A writer should make the clouds shine even if the world’s sun has gone.
This site (www.nemonymous.com) is dedicated to the authors whose fiction works I already have in my dreamcatcher, and those who have yet to be dreamcaught.
A dead monument to once ancient hope as well as a gestalt that endures beyond a body’s bony ruin.
My real-time reviews, even posthumous ones, stalking your books forever.
“I love @DF_Lewis reviews as their own meta-fiction, with value independent of the reviewed work itself, or read alongside for more depth.” Quoted from HERE.
“All stories are in conversation with other stories.” – Neil Gaiman
“I’m closing in on the ultimate gestalt: the context in which all knowledge fits and is illuminated, a mandala, the music of the spheres, ‘Kosmos’.”
— Ted Chiang (‘Understand’)
“The pieces are there, simply waiting to be fitted together into what, from the start, they were meant to be: a set of instructions for the Ceremonies.”
— TED Klein
“Can you recall the lasting effect of the most deeply disturbing collection of horror stories you’ve ever encountered? The narratives join hands…” — From ‘The Useless’, an anthology story by Dominy Clements
“The only way not to escape but to remake this world is via the preternatural power of literature. Collecting the threads together strengthens them.” – Me
“Half the fun of writing a novel is finding out from other people later on what you actually meant.” ~ Iain Banks
“Books I’m led to by other books, strings of books, excitation nodes.”
— Melanie Tem
Hawling means, inter alios, stretching the book wide. For full meaning of Hawling, see my novel Nemonymous Night (2011)
NEWCON PRESS 2017
Edited by Andrew Hook
My previous reviews of Elastic Press books HERE
Stories by Andrew Humphrey, Brian Howell, Mike O’Driscoll, Neil Williamson, Jeff Gardiner, Gary Couzens, Marion Arnott, Antony Mann, Allen Ashley, Nick Jackson, Justina Robson, Andrew Tisbert, Maurice Suckling, Chris Beckett, Tim Nickels.
When I review this book, my thoughts will appear in my comments below….
Part of the Queen’s birthday message today –
“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.
United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
Without otherwise diminishing in any way the recent tragic “injury and loss” to which she refers, any loss also includes – as well as being concomitant with – the attrition of Brexit.
The pervading sombre mood of which she speaks.
Also the retrospective symbol of inappropriate ‘cladding’ between classes and cultures?
4th Estate 2017
My previous work on Jeff VanderMeer HERE
When I review this work, my thoughts will appear in the thought stream below…
Image from ‘All is Full of Hell‘…