Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


L. Timmel Duchamp hates my story.

Maureen Kincaid Speller likes my story. (unless "magisterial" just means pompous)

Heh. So it goes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had thought your story was pompous, I'd have said so. So, rest assured ... I liked your story.

5:14 pm  
Blogger teej said...

I don't know how often you get this, but you've got another fan of your style. It was a weird journey learning to read you, but I found that once I did, I loved what I was reading. It reminds me of studying Latin, which probably isn't a surprise to you, but I'll tell you why.
Vellum's unique binding sunk a hook into me immediately and with your vivid force of articulation it sank deeper. But I wasn't ready for it at all. I was hopelessly lost and frustrated, all these promising characters and stories cut off or mutating with no explanation. I put it down and threw it in a drawer for a couple months. Which I suspect is the reaction of a lot of your readers.
I came back to it some time later, and this time I kept reading. I learned that just like a Latin sentence you don't know exactly whats going on unless you hold the whole story in your mind at once. And the books teach you that after you've read them. I try and try but I can't rightly put into words this fluid thing. It feels like you put pieces of yourself into each of the main characters. Sometimes I think maybe they are all just one character. It's these questions your writing provokes as well. Still, I love it. The words you use and the way you stitch them together.
So consider me one more long term fan of your always interesting writing, I want to read it all.

8:37 pm  

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