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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 01:26 pm:   

Apparently there's a review of Softspoken in Locus. Since I don't get it, I can't point you to it...but there is a review. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 01:54 pm:   

Oh, yeah. I guess the cover is now diferent than the one I posted. I'm the last to know....
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

It's in the March issue which you'll be very lucky to find at your typical newsstand. For those who don't know, Locus isn't doing so well. So subscribe or ask your library to subscribe, buy a back issue or ten, or steal it from your newsdealer. (Just kidding about the theft.)

Oh yeah! And Softspoken --- pre-ordered it so it's coming regardless ;)

Lucius, do you feel good about this one?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:02 pm:   

Yeah, I like it as much as it's possible for me to like something I've written.
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:10 pm:   

Yah!

Why did they switch the cover?

The book listing on the NightShade website doesn't even display a cover.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:15 pm:   

I have no idea...
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 11:00 pm:   

Nick Gevers wrote the review--the TOC is online at www.locusmag.com
I've been a subscriber for nearly 20 years. Time sure flies. Is the magazine in trouble?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 11:07 pm:   

You know, I've been hearing for a while, a few years, that it's in trouble, but somehow it keeps going...

I know Charlie's getting on in years, and he's thought about selling the mag, but I don't know more than that.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 11:16 pm:   

Here's a quote from the review:

"Softspoken is Southern Gothic of a high order, a meditation on the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death that leaves Poe in the dust."

Poe. In the dust.

Dude! :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 01:49 am:   

dude!

kick him!

:-)

wonder what the new cover is? i kinda dug that other one.

(cool on the review, too)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 03:51 am:   

I looked on Ammyzon,and the cover that's up there appears to be a variation on the old cover -- so maybe they just tricked it up?

"kick him..."

Like fucking Edgar Allen Football...yeah! :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 07:41 pm:   

you could do edgar allen poe footballs as a promotional tool.

perhaps that is the new cover--guess we'll see soon enough, though.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 07:47 pm:   

Yep. Purty soon. I'm excited.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 07:14 am:   

So. Did anybody read it? Amazon just sent me my copy today.
JD
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PM
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 07:50 am:   

Yeah. But I don't know if I should talk about it.

My copy appears to have Poe's bloodstains on it :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 07:58 am:   

Got word today that the New York Times is doing a review.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 09:50 am:   

My copy hit my mailbox five minutes ago. And I was planning on getting some work done this afternoon!
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 09:54 am:   

You can work any ol' time. :-)
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PM
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:04 am:   

I'm working on refining my exuberant observations.

I need a customized Shepard praise vocabulary.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:05 am:   

You liked it?
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:16 pm:   

Loving it so far. It's rekindled memories of some strange places I've stayed in; a house in Edmonton, a log cabin in the Canadian Rockies and a college in Spokane where the buildings that didn't have bizarre histories were thin on the ground.

'Dead Money' was terrific - a few nice reviews in this month's Locus - and glad to read 'Stars Seen Through Stone' hits the stands in July.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:19 pm:   

Am I gonna have to order Locus to see reviews? Mutter.

Is that the July Issue of F&SF or in July.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:27 pm:   

The July issue...GVG just mentioned it on the FSF board up yonder.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   

Lucius, you might like to know that Softspoken has reached these shores - I ordered my copy from an Amazon.co.uk marketplace seller earler today. Should get it mid-week...looking forward to it. I'll probably have to avoid this thread until then, for fear of spoilers...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 03:35 pm:   

Thanks, Bruce and Allen....

Appreciate it. I'm writing my review of Next. After I finish hurling.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 05:23 am:   

"Next"? Ouch. Even some French mainstream reviewers saw it as "another bad Dick adaptation."
I'm keeping my fingers crossed re Softspoken. Some amazon parcels take more than two months to get here.
JDB
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 05:52 am:   

JD,


Two months from England? Yow.

Next was everything i thought it would be.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   

Softspoken: Brilliant, hallucinatory, relentless. On par with 'Floater' and 'Viator'.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 12:32 pm:   

Cool. Thanks, Bruce. I appreciate the feedback.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 07:17 am:   

Yes. Get Locus. The April issue mentions Dead Money. Positively.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 07:22 am:   

Will do.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 08:06 am:   

Kissy the marmalade cat is relieved that she didn't get stuck with the Bullards :-)

She meows, "Spoiler Alert!" and warns against the imprudent advance of the Anal Intruder.

She will have no pity toward your action figures so best put them away in a secure location :-)

Obviously she prefers milk and hopes that the Pepsi company is rewarding the author for the ongoing product placement.

She thinks that there sure is a lot of bondage going on --- it's almost a discourse on the various manifestations.

She thinks that Frank Dean may be more than a fictional character.

She was worried that bad things were going to happen to her and is glad to report that everyone can sigh that relief that she survives to the end.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 08:15 am:   

Spoiler!

As the book drew inexorably to a close, I was put in mind of the wrenching finale of Mitchell Smith's 'Stone City'. Way brutal. I wouldn't want to discharge my karmic debt by coming back as one of Lucius's ill-starred characters.

Very much enjoyed the humor[!] sprinkled throughout the novel. And loved the last line.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 10:10 am:   

Lucius,
No, I ordered the book from amazon.com--US, that is, not UK. Sometimes, I think, the book fly to Europe via New Zealand and get stuck there.
PM,
I think you've come up with a new angle to book reviewing. Better trademark it.
JD
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 10:46 am:   

HE, HE, HE!!! :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 01:09 pm:   

Thanks, Bruce, and PM, I guess...:-)

JD, you might get better service from an English seller.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 08:34 pm:   

Kissy raises her paw in awe, not to claw.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 07:30 am:   

A glittering review from St. Louis...

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/reviews.nsf/book/story/89B56BA40C EF3E45862572CB000CAD62?OpenDocument

I have to admit, I thought Kissy was toast when first introduced. One lucky cat!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 07:42 am:   

Thanks, Bruce...

Kissy lived to a ripe old age, but in her dotage had the misfortune to mix it with a rabid racoon and died in frothing agony.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 07:45 am:   

Whew! For a second I thought you were getting soft on us :0)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 07:49 am:   

Not a chance. :-)
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PM
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 08:41 pm:   

Sanie pleads to be rescued...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 08:45 pm:   

Sanie's a corpse. Sorry.
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PM
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 09:19 pm:   

Poor Sanie.

R.I.P.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2007 - 01:12 am:   

Got my copy today. That was fast. Only a brief stopover in New Zealand, I presume.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2007 - 04:30 am:   

Great, JD. Hope you enjoy it.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 11:07 am:   

What with this, that, and everything else, May's turning out to be a hectic month, but I've finally found time to read Softspoken.

It's a damned good novel - not necessarily an enjoyable* novel, and certainly not for those possessed of a weak disposition, but a damned good one all the same. I think somebody upthread used the word brutal - yeah, that's the word. The last thirty or so pages especially - reading them was agonizing. I liked Sanie, and wished her at least a glimmer of hope, but there was no way this was going to end like a Nora Ephron film...

*By which I mean essentially frivolous and forgettable. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 11:23 am:   

Yeah, I used to like her myself. What's fiction for if not to kill off old girlfriends?

Actually she still lives and is a very sad woman.

Glad you liked it...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 11:39 am:   

What's fiction for if not to kill off old girlfriends?

Ahh, now it all makes perfect sense.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 02:07 pm:   

No, its not like you think
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 02:16 pm:   

After reading 'Softspoken' I realized that Ildiko got off lucky. Thanks for posting that story ['After Ildiko' over at the blog], Lucius, it had been a long time since I read 'The Golden Gryphon'.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 04:52 pm:   

ildiko was a trip. ;P
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 05:19 am:   

No, its not like you think

It isn't?

Also (vaguely Softspoken related) I've been thinking about what I'd do if I saw a dead minotaur on the side of the road. For some reason the image has stuck with me. Werewolf roadkill, on the other hand, strikes me as somewhat prosaic in comparison.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 06:07 am:   

Let's just say it's a cautionary tale, intended as as instruction.

How bout a sabretooth?
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 07:56 am:   

Sabretooth's are also prosaic. That's the thing. You'd shrug at a dead werewolf or sabretooth. But a dead minotaur, just sprawled there on the side of the road, somehow that's too...ominous, to just shrug off. You'd find it difficult to look away. It'd mean something...

...or something.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 08:23 am:   

Sabertooths are prosaic?

Don't tell that to a sabretooth. :-)
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PM
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 08:26 am:   

Unless he's stuck in a tar pit at which point he's just pissed...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 09:17 am:   

Only in comparison to minotaurs. Otherwise they are truely the Big Bad. Even while stuck in tar pits. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 10:22 am:   

review

http://www.scifi.com/sfw/books/sfw15729.html
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 03:42 am:   

Lucius, John Clute reviews Softspoken in the latest Interzone (#210), in case you didn't already know.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 04:24 am:   

Does he hate it -- he doesn't much like me.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 04:38 am:   

Well with Clute I'm never sure I know what he's really saying, but in my opinion it's a favourable review. Probably best I don't quote from it, for fear of lawyers, but I think it's safe to say he didn't hate it. I'm guessing you don't get Interzone?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 04:44 am:   

Nah. Clute doesn't like me, he never gives me an entirely positive reveiw. Oh well.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 04:55 am:   

Well you might want to check it out if you can get hold of a copy.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 05:02 am:   

It's not important. It'll just bother me, becaus--like you said--I won't be able to figure it out. That would mean I'd have to make a trek into portland and search for a copy, and I've got too much work to do. Thanks for telling me.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 05:17 am:   

No problem, though maybe I shoulda kept my mouth shut...:-)
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PM
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 05:40 am:   

Someone else would have brought it up at some point.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 07:34 am:   

I'm sure someone will send it to me at some point.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 08:22 am:   

Are there new words in this one, I wonder.

What does pompasillicus mean?
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 08:47 am:   

That "not sure if he liked it or not" thing is something I almost always get from Clute's reviews, but I'm not sure he ever intends to make that clear.

I liked Softspoken, especially the peyote sequences which capture the nuances of the psychedelic experience like nothing else. Maybe only the Doors of Perception was in the same league and that obviously wasn't fiction...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 09:41 am:   

Glad you enjoyed it...
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PM
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 10:20 am:   

"What does pompasillicus mean?"

Can we get it in a sentence :-) Context would likely explain it.

I enjoy new and unfamiliar words.

I enjoy demanding material.

I don't expect or want all reviewers to employ similar strategies. Some are going to demand that bottom line quickie in bold, bright colors: is it good or is it bad. I'm confident that this sort of review will not disappear.

To me, the subject of the review is secondary. It's just an excuse for Clute to write. And again some folk are just not going to abide by that approach. It's an approach that says that a review needs to be easily grasped in order to be effective.

Plenty of other reviewers are going to provide easily grasped reviews that are quickly read.

I love this final line in his most recent review:

"It is a novel which can be boiled down to one simple sentence: Eruv becomes zugswang."

It's hysterical.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 11:56 am:   

The review was the height of pompasillicosity.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 10:16 am:   

My reviews are aimed at turning people on to films they haven't seen.
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PM
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 11:53 am:   

Works for me.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 01:34 pm:   

Last week I read the Clute/Straub/Gary K. Wolfe roundtable in the latest Locus. In it, Clute continually references his made-up lexicon for critiquing and analyzing horror. His ideas, I believe, are very worth while, but there's a certain amount of hubris behind the idea of inventing a new language, so to speak, to talk about literature. It's as if he thinks the words that exist in the world are not up to the standard of his intellect; as if only his invented words can get at the truth of a certain kind of literature. Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is that Clute is clearly a dichotomous figure: a mammoth intellect and a show-off. It's hard to completely love 'em or hate 'em and, for me, that's a good thing.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

My attitude about him -- He's a nice man, but I don't really pay much attention to his criticism. He's not a critic really, though he plays one on television. He's a writer whose medium happens to be criticism and like all writers he's in love with the sound of his own voice. Mammoth intellect? He's a smart man, but I don't view him as being smarter than many people I know. More erudite than some, maybe. I do think it odd that many things he praises are really not that good, but are extremely popular - I imagine that writing in the field of criticism you have to compromise and Excessive Candor tends to be diluted. The reason I don't read him is I find his style doesn't suit me. I read reviews because I want to find out about a book. Good? Bad? I find his reviews are about him more than the book, which is fine. Just not to my taste.
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PM
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 02:46 pm:   

"but there's a certain amount of hubris behind the idea of inventing a new language, so to speak, to talk about literature. It's as if he thinks the words that exist in the world are not up to the standard of his intellect"

I don't know that the two are necessarily together.

Science fiction and fantasy is all about making stuff up. Certainly words have been invented. Academics do it too. I don't consider those to necessarily be acts of hubris.

I don't know whether he's arrogant or not. I do know that intelligent folk are frequently described as "arrogant" or "snobs" regardless of whether they actually are. And statements along the lines of how dare that person assert intelligence are commonly made. That's where my mind is oriented (not so bright folk bringing down bright folk) and so that's what pops in my head. Not trying to insinuate that folk here are not bright.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 03:46 am:   

Seeing as I got the ball rolling on this one, I should probably chip in.

There are no new/invented words in the Softspoken review, but there are a couple of obscure ones.

I don't mind admitting Clute's reviews sometimes leave me perplexed. I'm not the only one. Neither do I mind a review - or any piece of writing - being challenging, but it also has to be accessible. If the language/style/argument is so impenetrable only a handful of people get it, what's the point? How you say it matters as much as what you say.

Now I'm gonna go reread The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror. :-)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 05:11 am:   

If Clute were the only reviewer then I'd go along with accessibility.

Others will write the accessible reviews.

If Clute can find a publisher then he could just as well be writing in Latin:-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 05:29 am:   

It shouldn't be a case of either or. You can have a challenging piece of writing that's also accessible; it's the accessibility that makes the challenge an inviting one.

Clute in Latin? ad absurdum! :-)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 06:07 am:   

Presumably, Clute is not being editorially directed to write in this manner. Of course he's being editorially allowed to do so.

When we speak of "accessibility" we're indicating a preference. I think it's fine to indicate our preferences. I completely agree that accessibility is linked to gaining/maintaining an audience.

But we're really telling the writer how to write. And there's something fundamentally wrong about that in the sense that we're asking the writer to not write the way they wish.

It's asking Clute to subvert his work.

And we all do it to varying extents. I'll read something and think, "Wish that had been written like this".
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 08:04 am:   

Presumably, Clute is not being editorially directed to write in this manner. Of course he's being editorially allowed to do so.

When we speak of "accessibility" we're indicating a preference. I think it's fine to indicate our preferences. I completely agree that accessibility is linked to gaining/maintaining an audience.

But we're really telling the writer how to write. And there's something fundamentally wrong about that in the sense that we're asking the writer to not write the way they wish.

It's asking Clute to subvert his work.

And we all do it to varying extents. I'll read something and think, "Wish that had been written like this".
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 08:27 am:   

If it's a question of preferences, mine are for good writing, period.

The thing with Clute is - in my experience - he's sometimes too obscure/arcane/convoluted for his own good. I've read a number of his pieces, reviews and otherwise, that are pitched just right; challenging and demanding and accessible - I wasn't reaching for the dictionary every other sentence. So I was able to engage with what he was saying - whether I ultimately agreed with it or not. I don't want John Clute - or anyone else, for that matter - to 'subvert' their work. It's just that sometimes that work strikes me as exlusively of and for itself; there's no room for the reader, no chance for them to engage with it. This reader, at any rate.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 08:35 am:   

That's more or less what I meant to say.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 09:09 am:   

I completely agree that many readers are going to consider his reviews beyond their ability to engage.

And I may have an opinion of one here but I want to read challenging material from time to time.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 09:20 am:   

I think you may be missing Alan's point...which is that one can be challenging without being inscrutable.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 09:23 am:   

Perhaps you've missed my point, PM - I'm advocating challenging material, my issue is with work work that goes so far beyond challenging that the challenge is simply not worth it. There's no reward, just a headache.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 12:49 pm:   

I have a higher tolerance for inscrutability.


A tolerance which I understand is not shared by many.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 01:07 pm:   

I'd have a high tolerance for pompasillicosity...if I knew what it was.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 01:30 pm:   

Well at least you can use it in a sentence :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 09:29 pm:   

pompous plus silly = pompasillicosity. It's a made-up word. :-)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 09:43 pm:   

I never doubted your ability to handle it.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 09:42 pm:   

another review

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/reviewsoftspoken-by-l ucius-shepard/
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 09:45 pm:   

and another

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/books/article/0,2792,DRMN_63_5554552,00.ht ml
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 11:23 am:   

I avoided this thread for a while since I saw "spoiler" written in one post, and I didn't want to know much before reading. Once I started I couldn't put it down until I reached the unhappy end.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 11:55 am:   

Hey, glad it held your interest, Robert. It's a pretty unhappy story, but then most stories are and this one wouldn't work out any other way.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 01:08 pm:   

Happy endings are overrated, and you're not somebody I expect them from.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 01:08 pm:   

Happy endings are overrated, and you're not somebody I expect them from.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 01:19 pm:   

Darn, and here I thought I had the rep of being a sunny optomist. :-)

Stars Seen Through Stone is about as upbeat as it gets with me.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 08:09 am:   

Had to spend a day at the hospital for a checking up. Took my copy of Softspoken with me and finished it before the day was over. Potent stuff. I thought the book would help me to escape from this hassle, but the characters are so finely drawn I couldn't help to notice the people around me, to hear the things they said and to guess at what was left unsaid.
A writer who makes the world come alive for his readers. What do you say to that?
Hope I've got my copy of Dagger Key for next time (hm, July 3d, might be to early...).
JD
PS By the way, my roommate for the day, an old geezer, had also brought some reading matter. Two Harlequin romances (I kid you not)!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 08:35 am:   

I might be ready for those Harlequin books myself.

Glad you dug it, JD.
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Michele
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 11:52 am:   

I just finished reading Softspoken, which was particularly moving to me as a woman, and as a person once mired in a miserable marriage (I liked Allie/Alice Settlemyre's name as commentary).

I was struck again by your extraordinary perceptiveness of what might pull a woman, whether to a strange man (heck, I was wholly seduced by Frank Dean, even at first mention), or toward the vortex of her failing marriage. Sanie is drawn with compassion, and we're led to feel disgust at some of the ways people use each other, but even Sanie is complicit in her own degradation - although she realizes it too late. Maybe that's the lesson here, that we're all complicit in the captivities we permit, and in this town, this vortex, all are held accountable.

I should add that, as always, I enjoyed all the sensory moods and thrills.
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David de Beer
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2007 - 06:12 am:   

John Clute reviews in one word - bah.

that's all I have to say about that; not sure where this idea of his "mammoth" intellect comes in except maybe in linking it to something impressive looking, grandiose nostalgia for a supposedly glorious by-gone era and quite fucking dead for several ages.
No idea what the man is like, but his reviews are onion-peeling - peel away the layers of pompous and you stand with empty air and tears in your eyes.
Personally, I find his "criticism" to be of no worth beyond a fascination with how impressed the reviewer is with himself.

seems I had more than bah afterall...

anyways, to each his own.

Softspoken - finished this week and I liked it, will be looking forward to reading more of your work.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2007 - 06:46 am:   

Glad you enjoyed it, David.
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Michele
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 07:30 pm:   

A friend of mine says Clute speaks the way he writes, and likens his reviews to jazz riffs. She may have a point. Anyway, her comment took away some of the hostility his obfuscation usually inspires in me.

Michele
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 07:43 pm:   

i don't know--i know John a bit and he doesn't talk about everyday stuff like he writes. Maybe about academic subjects.
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PM
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 08:42 pm:   

I wouldn't consider it obfuscation so much as complex language.

It's what separates us from the Daves...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 08:59 pm:   

The Daves?
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PM
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 10:30 pm:   

The reviewer.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - 02:54 am:   

oh...yeah. Well, he's not a real reviewer.

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