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A no spoiler policy is always followed, subject to the nature of real-time reviews.

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.sto

Books are bought by me for my personal reading and real-time reviewing. No reviews copies accepted.

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.

When some other book reviews have receded into the past, these will still be dreamcaught.

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.

This DF Lewis site was nominated for a British Fantasy Award in 2014 & 2015.

Year’s Best Weird Fiction – Vol. 3

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UNDERTOW PUBLICATIONS 2016

Guest Editor: Simon Strantzas  —   Series Editor: Michael Kelly

Stories by Rebecca Kuder, Nadia Bulkin, Robert Shearman, Christopher Slatsky, Marian Womack, Brian Evenson, D.P. Watt, Kristi DeMeester, Robert Aickman, Brian Conn, L.S. Johnson, Michael Wehunt, Ramsey Campbell, Matthew M. Bartlett, Genevieve Valentine, Reggie Oliver, Tim Lebbon, Lynda E. Rucker, Sadie Bruce.

(To see any of my previous reviews of above authors, please click on the tags below.)

My previous Undertow Publications reviews HERE.

When I review this latest Year’s Best Weird, my comments will appear in the thought stream below.

Fantasycon-by-the-Sea

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This past weekend I was in Scarborough, North Yorkshire for the BFS Convention, my first one after six years of absence. A great occasion, where I met many people, some writers I have reviewed, others not yet. Most of them walking smileys…some stony faced.
The Grand Hotel stood on twin abyssal columns with a geodesic sense that gave its windows and statuary an appearance that they had not been cleaned since 1923. My room was just off the gothic balcony and above the seedy English Twin Peaks cabaret.
Above geode was garnered in the hotel.

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Quartet in the Dark

Just been this afternoon to a stunning performance of Beethoven’s Op. 131 String Quartet – it was in the Dark; the four players had learnt this mighty piece by heart and were faintly lit from the ground, casting huge shadows behind them, a weird effect of giant Ligottian puppets elbowing, and their bows also cast Rembrandtian masks on their faces…
Having learnt it by heart the quartet seemed more able to communicate the music to us and ‘conversationally’, even passionately to each other.
The Sacconi Quartet at the Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester.
They also played an excellently crepitating Graham Fitkin piece as hors d’oeuvres.

(My previous local classical music reviews HERE.)