A Heart’s Hawling II

7D8F28EC-67BF-4838-9BDD-C6E273DBB1D7I am leaving AHH(I) as a dead monument to what went through my mind that day. Who knows whether this one will also become such a monument, but, of course, my method of choice as to book reviewing will remain unchanged. My reviews are gestalt-tending, hopefully spoiler-free essays progressively practised since my study of Stylistics in the 1960s under Anne Cluysenaar. They are REviews of reading as I go through books; they are also literary appreciations, not PREviews for prospective readers of books, as many reviews elsewhere are.

The Ammonite Violin

I have finished my gestalt real-time review of ‘The Ammonite Violin & Others’ by Caitlín R. Kiernan as recently published by PS Publishing.

A quote from my review of its last story:
“This seems to be a coda to this life-changing book, to its “improbable symphony.” In many ways, I keep my wig’s powder dry, but I will say I thank whatever forces allow such books to be written and that I read it before I passed on to that ‘covered bridge’. These stories first published in 2005-2007.”


A Heart’s Hawling

7D8F28EC-67BF-4838-9BDD-C6E273DBB1D7Searching within myself, I find I do still have the heart to continue my gestalt real-time reviews, but I have little heart, it seems, to choose to review the works of those in the circle of anyone who continues to show such a low view of me. Why should I do so, when I am inundated with other appropriate choices to fill the rest of my life? Not necessarily a big deal, I know, to anyone but me. This feeling of mine, admittedly, contravenes my (hopefully) purist reviewing instincts, but I simply impart it here, to get it off my chest. Otherwise, I may have stopped reviewing altogether, and I did not really want that to happen, at least for my own sake.