I am using the word ‘palaver’ here with the same meaning as Stephen King does in the massive Dark Tower series of novels.
I am very grateful to all three formal on-line reviews of ‘Weirdtongue’ (InkerMen Press) that have appeared so far, i.e. by Colin Leslie, Matthew Fryer and John Greenwood.
I value and dwell upon all opinions. There are three points I felt I should make, but these are only tentative, as many of you know that I am not a great fan of Authorial Intentions outside the text itself and, indeed, I have been a student of ‘The Intentional Fallacy’ since the Sixties.
Weirdtongue is, inter alia, a treatment of Proustian selves as demonstrated by Marcel in ‘In Search of Lost Time’ (a massive series of novels that I first read in the 1970s and again in the 2000s).
Weirdtongue has only one accidental typo but, otherwise, no bad grammar or lack of editing. As a separate matter, there is of course prose ‘style’ that may or may not suit a particular reader.
A writer’s apparently overt statements within a fiction may indeed be from the head-lease author, but they could also be from a fictional writer along the theme of ‘selves’ above or a collusive / non-collusive narrator (cf: Stephen King’s methods) and/or a symptom of narrative hierarchies or textures.
E & O.E.