“This work, I sense, is Kirby writing at full throttle” – DF Lewis on ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’

Posted: October 10, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Other Writing by AJ Kirby, Reviews of AJ Kirby's Work, The Art of Ventriloquism by AJ Kirby

hungrycaterpillerplushtoyThe very hungry caterpillar that is DF Lewis’s real-time review of my crime shorts collection, ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’, continues to wend its way through the various tunnels and sharkways of the internet, burrowing into new places on an almost daily basis.  It began on this site: DF Lewis’s Gestalt Real-Time Reviews, before chewing through to the dedicated Cone Zero website, and now, most recently, it has popped up on the Cern Zoo site, here: http://cernzoo.wordpress.com/the-art-of-ventriloquism/

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That caterpillar’s been all kinds of busy – as has Des – and I can’t thank them both enough for their carefully considered and wonderfully complimentary reviews thus far.

art of v imageAnd if you fancy joining the caterpillar for the ride, here’s how you can purchase the ebook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Art-of-Ventriloquism-ebook/dp/B008VM8S0I/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378740720&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+of+ventriloquism And here’s how you can get your hands on the print version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Art-Ventriloquism-A-Kirby/dp/1484904915/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1381400547&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+art+of+ventriloquism+by+aj+kirby

Most recently, Des has focused on three new tales – ‘Survival of the Fittest’, ‘What Got Garry Gorman’s Goat?’, and ‘The Burned Man’. And here’s some highlights:

‘Survival of the Fittest’ – “I already knew, from my own admittedly limited experience of this author, that he is good, really good. But this book is, for me, genuinely a revelation. I’m very surprised it has not made more of a profile in the world of fiction than its seems to have done so far. Maybe it is true after all that the Internet and ebooks and self-publishing &c. have inundated all of us and we can no longer see the needle from the haystack or the wood from the trees whence books should be made. We should indeed depend on the survival of the fittest…”

‘What Got Garry Gorman’s Goat?’ – “This is ostensibly a bizarre story upon which I have so far not managed to get a ratiocinative handle. Yet, that does not seem to matter. I have already given up any need to encapsulate the fiction in this book, like getting rid of my own chauffeur’s cap after having driven along its audit trail up to this point in the journey. Garry is a limo driver for hen parties, and there is a brilliant description of the group of girls who make up this night’s particular hen party and of their treatment of Garry, a tribe of wild female warriors preparing for domination of future’s reality zoo, I guess.”


‘The Burned Man’ – “This is of novella length. I am currently about halfway through reading it and I am literally enthralled… This work, I sense, is Kirby writing at full throttle, a compelling tale of a first person narrative by a female extensively evoking her life from teenage years onward until she gets a job at a radio station as a phone-in call-sifter. But that tells you nothing about the sheer silky flow of the text and its images, concepts, idioms, similes, emotions, nuances, poignancies and so forth, as if she has a ghost writer telling the story like a ventriloquist through you the reader, but that, at least, was what I felt.”

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