A Real-Time Review of ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’

Posted: October 8, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Other Writing by AJ Kirby, Reviews of AJ Kirby's Work, The Art of Ventriloquism by AJ Kirby

The inimitable DF Lewis has begun a “real-time review” of my collection of crime fiction shorts, The Art of Ventriloquism. If you like, you can purchase the book from here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Ventriloquism-J-Kirby/dp/1484904915/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381242239&sr=1-2&keywords=the+art+of+ventriloquism+kirby and then you can read along with Des as he reviews the book as he reads it here: http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/the-art-of-ventriloquism-a-j-kirby/

DFL Real Time Reviews

So far, Des has dipped his toe into the waters of the opening three stories, and here’s a few choice snippets from what he has to say about them:

artofventriloquism‘Jodie Foster and the Art of Ventriloquism’ – “A very intriguing start to the book.”

‘The Dancing Queen’s Last Dance’ – “This is a poignant, often grotesquely humorous story of an archetypal locked bungalow whodunnit involving old people and a policeman himself approaching retirement. It presents this ostensibly archetypal crime in ‘crime fiction’ but there is something deeply non-archetypal about the ‘moral compass’ embedded here alongside ‘guilt’ …”

“And all the characterisation is pungently vivid and sometimes very off-putting (in a good literary way). And, as I’ve noticed before, Kirby’s style itself is artfully pungent or tentacular as well as lean or crisp. And that is no mean feat.”

‘Moore’s Law of Relationships’ – “Two pages that act as a provocative coda to the marital relationship in the previous story. (And Ventriloquism as thought-reading?) If I say any more, it’d spoil it.”


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