As for the revelation about a central event... Look if you care that much if spoilers bother you that much than they do, but frankly some of you carry on to a degree that I personally find a little ridiculous. It would be like finding out that if you follow a certain road at the end is San Francisco and proclaiming that the whole trip is now ruined.
The most extreme example in my opinion are people over in Wholand who got pissed off because people didn't spoiler code the HUGE FUCKING PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT about who will be playing the next Doctor. Bottom line if you are really that spoiler adverse I'd advise pretty much staying the fuck off the internet because spoilers not only live here but they breed with a rapidity rivaled only by Tribbles.
Well said and captures my feelings precisely. As I said earlier, I wish people would be more careful about using the spoiler tags. But everyone makes mistakes or forgets from time to time. It's up to all of us to think for ourselves and decide if visiting the site after a new novel comes out is worth accidentally seeing spoilers that might ruin any surprises the book has in it. For those who have difficulty enjoying a book after the ending has been revealed, I'd suggest avoiding message boards like this until you've had a chance to read the book.
I agree with both of you. The other day I realized I overreacted to the Bacco is dead thing and said it ruined the book for me before I read it. That was a bit over the top. In my defense I had been up for 36 hours after dealing with a family emergency the night before, but I really should have thought twice before hitting submit reply.
Actually, I come to review threads with spoilers on purpose, to get a feel for what other people think of the book before I read it, and understand that I will learn things about the book that will surprise me or bum me out. But that's the risk I take. I'm just sorry I overreacted that particular day.