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 Post subject: IZ228
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 10:34 pm 
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IZ 228 arrived here in Uppsala Sweden today. Right on schedule. The two pages listing contents, authors, and TTA staff are beautiful. I had no time to look further.


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Arrived in Paris Thursday or Friday, in perfect condition. Looking forward to reading it!

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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 11:41 am 
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Andy wrote:
First review I've seen (please beware of spoilers):

http://www.librarything.com/work/9945076

"Another weak issue."


Full marks for your objectivity, Andy, but this chap deserves very little serious attention. It seems to me that a man who has 2 degrees at Master's level has discovered his limitations. The rest of us discover his limitations through his 'reviews'.

In his own style:
"Frustrated librarian eschews his noble calling to attack creative writers for producing material beyond his own ability. Workmanlike, but lacks flair. 1 star"

IMO, his comment is wrong. #228 is not a weak issue.


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 1:58 pm 
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Colin Harvey gives the issues a very good review at http://scififantasyfiction.suite101.com ... f-magazine.


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:41 pm 
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Received last week.

Have so far read "The Untied States Of America" and "A Passion For Art".

Both are worthy of IZ and are very well written, my only observation being that I could see the ending of the latter story coming a mile off.


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:47 pm 
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Andy wrote:
First review I've seen (please beware of spoilers):

http://www.librarything.com/work/9945076

"Another weak issue."


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"Review" is being kind, Andy;)

In the words of Vic Reeves: very, very poor.


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:58 pm 
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Review by John Fair.

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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 11:25 pm 
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We all love the Internet, but it does allow some self-congratulatory parrots to get out of the cage and crap on everything in site. I've spent most of a life-time in TV, where "critics" sometimes turn up 10 minutes after the start of screen, leave 10 minutes before the end, and then say it was "unsatisfactory and incoherent."

IZ is looking and reading very well. Enough said.

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 2:30 am 
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Received IZ#228 in Auckland, New Zealand today. Looking forward to reading it.


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Only read three so far, but have to say Untied was VERY enjoyable.


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Garbled Signals review.

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I got mine in the post today and upon opening it couldn't resist to start reading right away.


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Dan McNeil wrote:
Have so far read "The Untied States Of America" and "A Passion For Art".

Both are worthy of IZ and are very well written, my only observation being that I could see the ending of the latter story coming a mile off.


I've only read the "The Untied States of America" so far (just got my copy) but I have to say, wow, the underlying concept behind that story is completely brilliant. On a clear day I can see Vermont from my office window and it made me very happy to see it still there this morning (-:

-Suzanne


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 11:47 pm 
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In the words of Vic Reeves: very, very poor.


Personally I don't see what the problem is if readers feel the need to express their opinions online. Whether one agrees with their views or not is another matter entirely, but I think everyone's entitled to put forth an opinion. So what if an issue isn't to a particular reader's taste? Interzone's big enough to take it.

Most of the reviews I've read seem to be positive, so relax people! 8)

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 6:34 pm 
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Lawrence Conquest wrote:
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In the words of Vic Reeves: very, very poor.


Personally I don't see what the problem is if readers feel the need to express their opinions online. Whether one agrees with their views or not is another matter entirely, but I think everyone's entitled to put forth an opinion. So what if an issue isn't to a particular reader's taste? Interzone's big enough to take it.

Most of the reviews I've read seem to be positive, so relax people! 8)


You're absolutely right Lawrence, but that's not the point I was making.

The point I was making was that this "review" was very, very poor, rather than its criticism of Interzone. I made this point on the simple basis that, having lamented "another weak issue", this review then comprehensively failed to offer an ounce of analysis, explanation, intelligence or (crucially) enthusiasm.

If a review is critical of something I like, I don't mind seeing what this particular "review" lacks in enormous spades; namely, trenchant comment, sparkling wit and fierce intelligence. If something is posted as a review though, then the reader's expectation is set very high (well, my expectation, anyway), and rightly so.

What I expect to see in something purporting to be a review is intelligent, objective analysis, honest and subjective critique, and the barest, flickering hint that the author has something more than a clue what they are talking about.

The monumental lack of these essential ingredients in this "review" is my reason for castigating it.


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