Wed 1 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

The conversation about What the Hell is Interstitial? and Maybe It’s Everything? and Hey, This Book is Ok! rolls on with a recent review at Strange Horizons (“each “interfiction” shares this sense of disjointed narrative, but in very different ways that do not lend themselves to easy genre categorization”) and today on Bookslut.

The latter characterizes Small Beer as seeking “to provide a definition for the genre of interstitial fiction.” Nope. In no way are we into defining things (except on the very satisfying good chocolate/great chocolate scale) or taking a shot at writing definitions. We leave that to the editors, the IAF, and John Clute et al. All we did was get in the editors’ ways and try and push the book out there. Which is right there at the end of the review:

The concluding interview with editors Sherman and Goss provides further insight into how these specific stories were chosen and the overall plan the editors had for the book. I found a similar sense of adventure in all the writing found within Interfictions and certainly enjoyed exploring the ideas and formats put forth by these exciting authors. There is much here to delight and confound readers of any age. Seek it out for the bedside table and decide for yourself just how successful these experiments in fiction truly are.

The new ish of Bookslut also has an interview with Matt Ruff by our pal Geoffrey Goodwin and a good review of Kelley Eskridge’s collection, Dangerous Space. And a ton of other stuff, you know.

More blog reviews due soon from those happy/unhappy readers who received free copies from the Interfictions giveaway.

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  1. Gwenda on August 1st, 2007 11:20 am

    Nicola Eskridge. Hee.

  2. lcrw on August 1st, 2007 11:32 am

    You haven’t seen their collaborative collection?? Hmm. Me neither, oops!

  3. Kelley Eskridge on August 1st, 2007 11:53 am

    Hee indeed. Thanks for the mention, many appreciations as always for your kindness and support. And I’m loving Interfictions!

    FWIW, when some bright spark calls our house for N and then says, “Well, does she have a husband I can speak to?”, I always answer cheerfully, “That would be me.” So fun to imagine their blink rate going up…

  4. lcrw on August 1st, 2007 12:35 pm

    Yay for Interfictions!

    When we get mail to Mrs. G. Grant or Mrs. K. Grant Kelly doesn’t even see it.

  5. Colleen on August 2nd, 2007 3:55 am

    Sorry about that bit in the review about Small Beer defining interstitial. I didn’t even want to go there as far as what interstitial is (or isn’t) but so many people have, I thought if I ignored the topic the review would seem incomplete.

    Anyway, I should have pointed to the editors from the beginning and just complemented you guys for putting the book out there for all of us to enjoy. I thought the whole collection was lovely though (as I hope my review conveys).

    Cheers!

    PS. And thanks for mentioning my “Dangerous Spaces” review too!

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