As you can see from New Book(s) post below, some changes have been made to a review I wrote of Where the River Goes, editor Allan Burns (Snapshot Press 2013). Well, only one change really, the review has been removed from Haiku NewZ and won’t be reposted.
The editor wrote one of those more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger letters basically telling me I had screwed up by not understanding this, that or the other. He has a PhD in English and I have a degree in nothing. He wanted a better review and I had none to give as I believed I had written my piece honestly in the first place. He disliked the opinion in the review, I believe a review should contain opinion. Etc and so on.
Let me say clearly Dr Burns wasn’t unkind, and he wasn’t shouty. But we were not going to meet in the middle on most things.
The way things are at the moment with me personally (and I don’t want to sound melodramatic because it isn’t) I haven’t got the energy, the will or anything else to get into a debate. So the easiest thing is just to remove it and wish the book well. Yeah, it’s censorship but I’m doing it to myself.
Which brings me to the next point.
Haiku NewZ will no longer publish reviews. It was never intended as a point of first publication and so I will stick to that first principle. Books being published may or may not be noted, the Reviews archive will remain (minus the review in question, of course), as will the list of books that are free to download or read online.