“The Present Only Toucheth Thee” reviews

Karen Burnham, reviewing for Locus, said of my little story “The Present Only Toucheth Thee” (Strange Horizons):

In ”The Present Only Toucheth Thee” by Kathleen Jennings, two beings have intertwined fates over the millennia. One seems near immortal, building a book over eons, while the other is continually reincarnated. It’s a beautiful, macabre story that muses on how such a relationship might finally end.

Maria Haskins, for Curious Fictions, wrote:

Oh my goodness, what a gloriously strange tale this is. A book with a magic all its own, tying together two souls and two very long lives. Jennings writes with exquisite style and flair, as we follow two individuals through time and through the world, finding out how chance and/or fate has entwined them through their very long existence (whether in the same bodies, or not). Evocative and beautiful in every part.

And I’ve posted Charles Payseur’s (relatively) long thoughtful review previously.

 It’s a lovely complicating and expansion of the referenced poem through a speculative lens and it’s certainly a story well worth spending some time with. A fine read!

The Present Only Toucheth Thee” is online in Strange Horizons‘ 8 June issue, and is also up as a podcast, read by Anaea Lay and with a rather creepy little postscript.

Two interviews and a review!

Rarely not talking

Nerds of a Feather interview

The lovely Andrea Johnson of Nerds of a Feather interviewed me about Flyaway, about which she also said, “There is so much art-thought behind Flyaway, that at times I have to talk about the novella as a piece of fiction, and at other times I have to talk about it as a piece of art that is separate from a plotline.” Which, as an artist, was lovely to hear. But she also said nice things about it as a book, too!

Interview: Kathleen Jennings, author of Flyaway.

Coode Street Podcast

Jonathan Strahan chatted with me for the Coode Street Podcast’s Ten Minutes With series:

Ten Minutes with Kathleen Jennings.

In it, with occasional external disruptions, we “discuss reading and working in the time of the pandemic, the comfort of regency romances, illustrating The Tallow Wife, watching Hamish Macbeth, her new short novel Flyaway, and much more.”

You can listen through that link, or on your preferred podcast app. We talked about books and projects old and new — and then kept on talking for quite a while afterwards. It’s been too long between running into each other in conventions.

There are lots (lots) of great interviews on Coode Street. I recommend checking them out.

Quick Sips Reviews

Charles Payseur of Quick Sips Reviews took a look at the latest two issues of Strange Horizons, including my story “The Present Only Toucheth Thee“.

Quick Sips – Strange Horizons 06/01/2020 & 06/08/2020

As a reader, I’ve been developing a liking, lately, for reviews that are thoughtful appreciations —they are themselves often lovely pieces of writing, they deepen my liking for stories I’ve read, and frequently drive me to read others I might not have (and give me ideas). And as a writer it is of course gratifying to read a considered response to even such a short story.

(Charles also reviewed “The Heart of Owl Abbas” after that came out: Quick Sips – Tor dot com April 2018.)