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And, Just So It's Said

With all the feudin' an a fussin' what's been lost here, I think, is that there's a book to buy:

I reviewed Troy for Strange Horizons and you'd think, with all this, that I ripped in on it. Well, no. I thought that as a collection of fiction it is, with one minor piece, quite strong. I don't think it works as a cycle of stories, or as a collection of fiction inspired by the Iliad, however--in other words, as a whole. Some people reckon it was never meant to be read like that, but I reckon it presents itself as... so there, was, apparently, this. But you know, the question of if people read the book that way or not, that's an interesting conversation. It's a conversation worth having round the place, rather than the "Ben Peek is a cunt" one that is popular, and rather than it being about me, it's about an independent book put out in Australia this year.

So buy yourself a copy of the book and review it round. Don't be shy now.


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May. 29th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Wait a second, you're a shit? I thought you were a cunt... Now I'm confused.
May. 29th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
sorry. fixed that right up.
May. 29th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
PS I do think it's great that you've posted this. On reading the review, I didn't feel that you'd pilloried it or anything, but I suppose all the same I can see that some may have interpreted it as more negative than maybe intended, if only because the last part of the review deals with what you saw as particular shortcomings. For what it's worth.
May. 29th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
i think a little bit of the problem was i ended on a negative line. i should have moved that up to the start of the paragraph, and ended with it being a solid collection. but you know, live and learn.
May. 29th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
And that was Published Review No. 3, did you say? So, plenty of time yet to catch up to John Clute!
May. 29th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
yeah, third one. i don't think i'll ever get as serious as clute is, but it makes for a fun past time, and keeps me in touch with things i mightn't normally doso locally.
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