As longtime readers of this blog know, I try to avoid reading published reviews, whether positive, negative, or indifferent. There are several reasons for this. The reason currently in the lead is that I’m working on a the first draft of a new book. A reviewer’s voice in my ear, particularly about a book I finished writing four years ago, is just too much for me to handle. I really do aspire to be like Edna Mode: “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”
But that should have no bearing on whether you read this review by Canada’s own Paul Xylinides. He’s posted it on his blog, and it’ll soon be up at Dactyl Review as well. Give it a look. If you’ve read Dismantle, agree with him, disagree with him, engage with him in some other fashion. If you haven’t read Dismantle, you’ll find on your left ways to remedy that.
Paul, you have my thanks.