All my Gestalt Real-Time Reviews from 2008 are listed and linked for your on-line reading pleasure.
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DREAMCATCHER Reviews are dangerously preternatural, filled with accretions, triangulations, nemonymities, serendipities, synchronicities, retrocausalities, gestalts, leitmotifs, codas, dying falls, objective correlatives, intentional fallacies… One day all these weird, wonderful or nonsensical conceits will come to the perfectly triangulated vanishing-point…
The full Dreamcatcher slow-motion book reviews are in fusion or symbiosis with hyper-imaginative fiction – and they are accessible in the posts’ thought streams by clicking on their titles.
This is a review site not individually of the Weird, the Horror, the Fantasy, the SF, the Literary, the Experimental, but of all Hyper-Imaginative Fiction – a Hifalutin site radiated on Hi-Fi broadband…High-Five!
I confirm that, unless in very exceptional circumstances, I purchase all books to read/ review, choosing ones that I believe I will like, hopefully love. More information in links above
“Incredible things can be explained only through even more incredible things.” – Jean Ray (The Man Who Dared)
All the slow-motion reviews on this site are by Des Lewis (nullimmortalis) unless otherwise stated. All chronologically linked above – with a Search facility available, too.
Beginning, just beginning, to crystallise the singular dream of all good hyper-imaginative fiction as written by a labyrinth of authors.
Reviewing a book is not writing an immaculate essay about it, but getting your hands dirty with it.
“As there is no intrinsic virtue in denigration, the critic who resorts to it, should be required to pass a test of qualification and sensitivity, at least twice as stringent as that imposed upon a critic who loves. Normally, love is not blind but clairvoyant.” – Robert Aickman
Reviewing hyper-imaginative literature is like placing a book on a planchette for a séance.
“Real time – when past and future twist around each other;”
“…the connections between all things, and how those connections play a part in healing.”
Two quotes from Christien Gholson’s story THE SPIN OF THE STARS in INTERZONE #260
“Sniffer of carrion, premature gravedigger, seeker of the nest of evil in the bosom of a good word…” — James Joyce
“To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible.” – Ursula LeGuin
“Paul swam in a sea of theories. Everything from the morning’s headlines to the license plates of buses had hidden significance. But Paul’s torrent of interpretations had something joyous to it. Buried patterns everywhere. It sounded, sometimes, almost like musicology.” – from ORFEO by Richard Powers
DFL Dreamcatchers or Dreamcaptchas are for optimising by capture:
Unknown or unexpected dreams that find themselves entrammelled fortuitously or ominously in the dreamcatcher with which we set to catch them.
Or targetted dreams we actually set out to catch with our dreamcatchers.
Or dreams that set out to catch us, captcha us.
Or all of these.
HERE a blog post by Jeff VanderMeer about my reviewing.
2014: An author always appreciates a reviewer who is able to read deeply enough in the text to evaluate the plot, the style, and all the other things that constitute the finality of what is finally here, or there, — between an appreciation of the structure of the book, its design, the binding, the production. Des does a remarkable job in his Gestalt approach to “feel” each part of a book as he reads it, and to provide evaluation and reaction, without giving away the answers to questions that a reader must encounter as he or she reads through what is hoped to be a flowing text until it concludes.
Other public reactions HERE.
Any unlikely profits from my own literary works or from multi-authored anthologies I have published are re-invested in purchasing other authors’ physical books for this gestalt real-time reviewing project, but mainly these purchases are financed by my own retirement pension: part of which is available as pocket money for buying books as a reading hobby.
I only buy books I instinctively know I shall enjoy reading and reviewing. I do not accept review copies.
10 May 2014: There now seems to be a growing trend to eschew negative book reviewing for many of the reasons I’ve given on this site for the last few years. Just google ‘”negative book reviews”‘ to see some of the discussions on this subject.
In this light, as has been said elsewhere, the positive goal nowadays is actually to get your book chosen for public review, its choice as a subject for that review and subsequent appreciation in that review being a synergistic unity. Thus, a book not being chosen for public review is tantamount to the new negative review, I would say.
Please refer also to my much earlier The Hothouse and the Heuristic article and its appendix.
My view has long been that review books in that Hothouse area, as defined, should be purchased by the reviewer with the natural instincts of purchasing a good read: a fair, ’unmotivated’ review then given publicly: and, thus, the best of all worlds with money put into the book system as well as each book naturally praised to encourage reading specifically or generally (unless those ‘instincts’ misfire): this being the new economics of independent literature.