My Real-Time Reviews

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MY REAL-TIME REVIEWS (2008-2012) LINKED BELOW AS AND WHEN THEY HAPPEN..
My Real-Time Review of ‘The WEIRD’
I am enormously proud of Jeff VanderMeer’s public comment (from HERE):
Des–I just want to say that reading your real-time review has been a life-changing experience for me, following along, as you’ve managed to make fresh for me stories that from continual familiarity had been rendered invisible over the process of compiling the anthology. I also just want to thank you for your compassionate, sympathetic, and thoughtful approach to reading these stories. It’s not often an anthology editor gets such a thorough mega-review. I have some other thoughts about this real-time review that I’ll put into a blog post. But, in any event, thank you so much. – JeffV
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“… maintaining a chemical purity in the reaction between product and appraiser. […] Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the presumption of certain possible joys in reading, and all our discriminations should curve toward that end.” – an extract from John Updike’s rules.
2007: The Conspiracy Against The Human Race [My reply to Ligotti here in 2007 seems also very predictive of Gestalt Real-Time Book reviewing.]
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Nov 08 – Jan 09:

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Rain Dogs by Gary McMahon

Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti

How To Make Monsters by Gary McMahon

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(3 Feb 09): Tamar Yellin – Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes

(17 Feb 09): The Reach of Children – Tim Lebbon

(21 Feb 09): The Impelled & Other Head-Trips – Gary Fry

(7 Mar 09): World Wide Web And Other Lovecraftian Upgrades – by Gary Fry

(11 Mar 09): Beneath The Ground – edited by Joel Lane

(15 Mar 09): UNBECOMING And Other Tales Of Horror – by Mike O’Driscoll

(20 Mar 09): The Ephemera – by Neil Williamson

(25 Mar 09): Somnambulists – by Allen Ashley

(29 Mar 09): The Villa Désirée and Other Uncanny Stories – by May Sinclair

(11 Apr 09): Sanity and Other Delusions – by Gary Fry

(12 Apr 09): Sleepwalkers – Marion Arnott

(15 Apr 09): Islington Crocodiles – Paul Meloy

(20 Apr 09): Mindful of Phantoms – by Gary Fry

(6 May 09): The English Soil Society – by Tim Nickels

(6 May 09): The Cusp of Something – by Jai Clare

(15 May 09): Visits To The Flea Circus – by Nick Jackson

(27 May 09): Mostly Monochrome Stories – by John Travis

(30 June 09) Bull Running For Girls – by Allyson Bird

(6 July 09) The Terrible Changes – by Joel Lane

(9 July 09) Pictures of the Dark – by Simon Bestwick

(16 July 09) ANONthology (HarperCollins)

(20 July 09) Primeval Wood – by Richard Gavin

(25 July 09) Ghosts and Grisly Things – by Ramsey Campbell

(30 July 09) JANE by PF Jeffery

(30 July 09) The Exaggerated Man – by Terry Grimwood

(30 July 09) Cold to the Touch – by Simon Strantzas

(1 August 09) Bloody Baudelaire – by R.B. Russell

(2 August 09) The Nightfarers – by Mark Valentine

(17 August 09) Black Static – issue 12

(25 August 09): The Alsiso Project

(3 Sep 09): Extended Play

(4 Oct 09): Different Skins – by Gary McMahon

(17 Oct 09): CERN Zoo – the original DFL ‘Editor’s Commentary’ – the Collider made me do it!

(21 Oct 09): Black Static – issue 13

(23 Oct 09): All God’s Angels, Beware! – Quentin S Crisp

(21 Dec 09): Cinnabar’s Gnosis

(22 Jan 10): Slight review of Slights – by Kaaron Warren

(10 Feb 10): Dancing on Air – by Frances Oliver

(22 Feb 10): Children of Epiphany – by Frances Oliver

(22 Feb 10): Black Static – Issue 15

(18 Mar 10): Pieces of Midnight – by Gary McMahon

(1 Apr 10): THE SIXTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR

(5 Apr 10): Back From The Dead

(11 Apr 10): Literary Remains – by R.B. Russell

(14 Apr 10): The Terror and the Tortoiseshell – John Travis

(23 Apr 10): Putting the Pieces in Place – R.B. Russell

(24 Mar 10): Xargos – by Frances Oliver

(26 Apr 10): Solar – Ian McEwan
 
(3 May 10): Tragic Life Stories – by Steve Duffy
 
(19 May 10): The Peacock’s Eye – by Frances Oliver
 
(27 May 2010): “Remember You’re a One-Ball!” – by Quentin S. Crisp
 
(1 June 2010): The Man Who Collected Machen & Other Stories – by Mark Samuels
 
(5 June 2010): The Tourist Season – by Frances Oliver
 
(10 June 2010): All Souls – by Frances Oliver
 
(15 June 2010): Where The Heart Is (Gray Friar Press)
 
(1 July 2010): The Conspiracy Against The Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
 
(3 July 2010): Margaret – by PF Jeffery
 
(3 July 2010): Dark Awakenings – by Matt Cardin
 
(11 July 2010): The Silver Voices – by John Howard
 
(12 July 2010): Groaning Shadows – by Paul Finch
 
(25 July 2010): The Mascarons of the Late Empire & Other Studies by Mark Valentine
 
(26 July 2010): The Wounds of Exile – by Reggie Oliver
 
(1 Aug 2010): Null Immortalis – the Editor’s Commentary (bonus feature)
 
(21 Aug 2010): Black Static – Issue 18
 
(13 Sep 2010): Interzone #230
 
(14 Sep 10): Lost Places – by Simon Kurt Unsworth
 
(21 Sep 10): The Old Knowledge – by Rosalie Parker
 
(25 Sep 10): The Places Between – by Terry Grimwood
 
(27 Sep 10): Never Again edited by Allyson Bird & Joel Lane
 
(31 Oct 10): Tenebrous Tales – by Christopher Barker
 
(2 Nov 10): An Emporium of Automata – by D.P. Watt
 
[7 Nov 10: RTR 2nd anniversary thoughts: Real-Time Reviewing as a ‘work-in-progress’ view of static art ]
 
(7 Nov 10): Black Static #19
 
(23 Nov 10): Oblivion’s Poppy – by Colin Insole
 
(26 Nov 10): Occultation – by Laird Barron
 
(30 Nov 10): The Satyr – by Stephen J. Clark
 
(2 Dec 10): The AUTUMN MYTH – by Joel Lane
 
(2 Dec 10): The Coanda Effect – by Rhys Hughes
 
(4 Dec 10) Mad Matinée in Baku – by Albert Power
 
(7 Dec 10): Northwest Passages – by Barbara Roden
 
(7 Dec 10): ‘The Sons of Ishmael’ by George Berguño
 
(8 Dec 10): The Ghosts of Summer – by Frances Oliver
 
(11 Dec 10): The Defeat of Grief – by John Howard
 
[(12 Dec 10) Some recent thoughts from my RTRs]
 
(22 Dec 10): GHOSTS (Crimewave Eleven)
 
(24 Dec 10): Black Static #20
 
(2 Jan 11): Full Dark, No Stars – by Stephen King
 
(14 Jan 11): War With The Newts (Karel Capek); The Best of Alan Coren (1980): The ark Tower I (Stephen King)
 
(21 Jan 11): BFS Journal (Winter 2010) – My Real-Time Review
 
(24 Jan 11): War With The Newts – by Karel Capek
 
(24 Jan 11): The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger by Stephen King
 
(25 Jan 11): I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like by Justin Isis
 
(1 Feb 11): The Dark Tower – The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
 
(7 Feb 11): Holiday – by M. Rickert
 
(11 Feb 11): THE DRACULA PAPERS: Book I: The Scholar’s Tale by Reggie Oliver
 
(18 Feb 11): THE DARK TOWER: The Waste Lands by Stephen King
 
(19 Feb 11): The Peacock Escritoire – by Mark Valentine
 
(26 Feb 11): Black Static #21
 
(8 Mar 11): Amerika – by Karim Ghahwagi
 
(9 Mar 11): A Pallid Wave on Shores of Night – by Adam S. Cantwell
 
(12 Mar 11): The Dark Tower – WIZARD AND GLASS by Stephen King
 
(15 Mar 11): Revenants – by Daniel Mills
 
(22 Mar 11): DARK MINDS – including an original story by GARY McMAHON
 
(29 Mar 11): The Dark Tower – WOLVES of the CALLA by Stephen King
 
(31 Mar 11): The Chômu ‘Man Who Collected Machen’ by Mark Samuels
 
(8 Apr 11) The Life of Polycrates & Other Stories for Antiquated Children by Brendan Connell
 
(8 Apr 11) SONG OF SUSANNAH – The Dark Tower by Stephen King
 
(14 Apr 11) The Dark Tower: THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King
 
(10 May 11) The Great Lover – by Michael Cisco
 
(14 May 11): the abolisher of roses by Gary Fry
 
(22 Jun 11): The Mauve Embellishments – by Charles Schneider
 
(22 Jun 11): Link Arms With Toads! – Rhys Hughes
 
(1 Jul 11): Allurements of Cabochon – by John Gale
 
(4 Jul 11): The ‘Star’ Ushak – by Louis Marvick
 
(7 Jul 11): Dying to Read – by John Elliott
 
(9 Jul 11): Old Albert: An Epilogue – by Brian J Showers
 
(11 Jul 11): The Bestiary of Communion – by Stephen J Clark
 
(13 Jul 11): ‘The Exorcist’s Travelogue’ – by George Berguño
 
(20 Jul 11): The Master in Café Morphine Edited by Dan T Ghetu
 
(26 Jul 11): Real-Time Review of TQF #37 (Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #37)
 
(28 Jul 11): Do Not Pass Go – by Joel Lane
 
(30 Jul 11): Jeanette – by Joe Simpson Walker
 
(16 Aug 11): Black Static #24
 
(19 Aug 11): The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies
 
(24 Sep 11): ‘The lslanders’ by Christopher Priest
 
(30 Sep 11): Mrs Midnight and other stories by Reggie Oliver
 
(11 Oct 11): Quiet Houses – by Simon Kurt Unsworth
 
(25 Oct 11):  Black Static #25 – Fiction Review
 
(27 Oct 11): The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
 
(27 Oct 11): The Orphan Palace – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
 
(31 Oct 11): 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
 
(2 Nov 11 to 3 Dec 11): The WEIRD: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
 
(22 Nov 11): 11/22/63
 
(15 Dec 11): Alcyone – Colin Insole
 
(15 Dec 11): The Secret Life of the Panda – Nick Jackson
 
(20 Dec 11): Black Static #26
 
(21 Dec 11): Here Comes The Nice – Jeremy Reed
 
(27 Dec 11): TARSHISHIM – Ron Weighell
 
(6 Jan 12): Real-Time Review of TQF #39 (Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #39)
 
(21 Jan 12): INTERZONE #238
 
(24 Jan 12): Morbid Tales – Quentin S. Crisp
 
(3 Feb 12): Shrike – Quentin S. Crisp
 
(10 Feb 12): The Far Side of the Lake – Steve Rasnic Tem (my first ebook review)
 
(17 Feb 12): Nowhere to Go – Iain Rowan (ebook)
 
(17 Feb 12): COSMOS – Witold Gombrowicz
 
(19 Feb 12): Black Static #27
 
(19 Feb 12): GHOSTS – R.B. Russell
 
(22 Feb 12): American Morons – stories by Glen Hirshberg
 
(25 Feb 12): Nightingale Songs – Simon Strantzas
 
(27 Feb 12): The Haunted Grove – Tim Jeffreys (ebook)
 
(29 Feb 12): Secret Europe by John Howard and Mark Valentine
 
(3 Mar 12): BLACK HORSE and Other Strange Stories by Jason A. Wyckoff
 
(10 Mar 12): WILD JUSTICE – Edited by Ellen Datlow (ebook)
 
(16 Mar 12): Sangria in the Sangraal by Rhys Hughes
 
(18 Mar 12): The Two Sams – Glen Hirshberg (ebook)
 
(22 Mar 12): INTERZONE #239
 
(24 Mar 12): The Janus Tree and other stories – Glen Hirshberg
 
(3 Apr 12): The Book of Bunk – by Glen Hirshberg (ebook)
 
(24 Apr 12): Black Static #28
 
(24 Apr 12): Glory & Splendour – Alex Miles (ebook)
 
(27 Apr 12): The Wind Through The Keyhole – Stephen King
 
(28 Apr 12): Strange Epiphanies – Peter Bell
 
(29 Apr 12): BFS Journal – Spring 2012
 
(3 May 12): Real-Time Review of TQF #40 (Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #40)
 
(12 May 12): Dadaoism – a new anthology (from Chômu Press)
 
(11 Jun 12): This Hermetic Legislature (an anthology from Ex Occidente Press)
 
(24 Jun 12): A Certain Slant of Light – Peter Bell 
 
(15 Jul 12): The Snowman’s Children – Glen Hirshberg
 
Green Dolphin Country
 
The Glastonbury Romance
 
(23 Jul 12): The Ten Dictates of Alfred Tesseller by D.P. Watt
 
(27 Jul 12): Black Static #29
 
(31 Jul 12): BOOK – The InkerMen 
 
(7 Aug 12): Real-Time Review of TQF #41
 
(9 Aug 12): The Truth Spinner – Rhys Hughes
 
(14 Aug 12): Celebrant – by Michael Cisco
 
FACIAL JUSTICE (1960) by L.P. Hartley
 
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
 
(2 Sep 12): Instinct – ‘poems of desire’ by Joel Lane
 
(10 Sep 12): Peel Back The Sky – Stephen Bacon
 
(14 Sep 12): The Brothel Creeper – Rhys Hughes
 
(1 Oct 12): A Cage For The Nightingale – Phyllis Paul
 
(8 Oct 12): The Screaming Book of Horror Ed. Johnny Mains
 
(14 Oct 12): Terror Tales of East Anglia Ed. Paul Finch
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That may well be my very last real-time review. Quit while you’re still good at something, that’s my motto. (Been doing them solidly since 2008)
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A new variation on a Real-Time Review in January 2013: FIRST NOVEL and QUILT by Nicholas Royle (HERE.)
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MOST REAL-TIME REVIEWS ABOVE CAN BE OBTAINED IN BOOK FORM AND SIGNED BY ME HERE
 
**NB: NON-REAL-TIME REVIEWS (from 22 Oct 2012 to Dec 2012)**
 
GESTALT REAL-TIME REVIEWING FROM 2013 ONWARD HERE
 
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Special RTR Blocks
 
“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 by Dominy Clements (The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies)
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Regarding the various websites that I use for my real-time reviews, I try to make venues appropriate to the type of review being placed on them. Having said that, I feel justified in using my various book sites etc. for my real-time review venues (as a spin-off marketing) because I have always bought the books I review, i.e. as a normal customer (or, very rarely, it’s a contributor copy or exchanged it for another book). My over-riding love however is actually in doing the real-time reviews themselves for my own creative reading satisfaction, which, as merely another spin-off, hopefully benefits all the good literature I choose to review.

 
28 Aug 2012: This is the only comment I shall ever make about Rhys Hughes’
still evolving real-time review of THE LAST BALCONY book…
The review is highly entertaining and shows literary discernment!
So far. :|
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