Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
I finally finished The Time Patrol this afternoon. Man, what a slog. I usually enjoy alternate history, but I don't need (or want) a six-page history lesson about the Germanic tribes of the sixth century, or the Holy Roman Empire, or the Saxons, every 30 pages.
I put Cold Days by Jim Butcher into my backpack to start on the bus tomorrow.
Currently reading Alan Dean Foster's adaptation of Star Trek and will read Into Darkness next. I am looking forward to Conn Iggulden's next War of the Roses book being released in the autumn.
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb and Foundation by Asimov.
Just finished Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer. I'd liken it to a character study on the effects of what a rejuvenation would bring someone. Very light sci-fi, sort of like a drama with sci-fi trappings, and a sweet story.
Downfall by Rob Thurman
I've been reading from various short story collections, mainly Clarke Ashton Smith, and am now about to begin Kolchak: Necronomicon.
Fortune's Favors by Marlene Perez
About halfway through Transfixion by J.Gaimbrone a pretty good YA novel about a weird signal that turns people into mindless mad people willing to kill everyone who hasn't seen the signal. Not my usual cup of tea but I'm enjoying it.
Sorry for the double post.
Just wanted to ask what it was about the series that was rubbing you wrong?
Man, Kolchak: Necronomicon is rife with misspellings, bad punctuation, tortured grammar, and Internetisms ("It wasn't the worse thing that happened."). Doesn't anybody edit anything anymore?
The Black Flame by Stanley Weinbaum
Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Last night I finished Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus by Dean N Jenson, an biography of circus performer Lillian Leitzel, narrated by Emma Bering.
I am now listening to Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath, narrated by Sean Barrett. Murder mystery set in Iceland. A novel in which the murder is somehow connect with JRR Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.
Overall, I was disappointed with Kolchak: Necronomicon. All three stories were reprints, but all read like first drafts. Not only were there amateur errors like I mentioned about, but the prose was rambling and the guy has no conception of paragraphs, even when writing dialogue. Each story has an editor listed, but what that editor actually did I have no idea. You'd think they'd at least correct all these mistakes in a second printing, but they didn't even bother to change the page numbering for each individual story.
that's a phenomenon that spreads faster than the flu. The noble custom of proof-reading appears to have been completely abolished. The crafts of punctuation and layout seem to be buried in oblivion. That literature is actually an artform is hard to believe, in view of most recently published books.
Melpomene, Thalia, Calliope, Euterpe and Erato have been pensioned off.
My family teases me for always having a pen and a roll of white-out at hand when reading, but in my opinion correcting these mistakes is an act of self-defense. I am a quite fast reader and every time I encounter an error it's like running into a wall. It takes me 2 or 3 minutes to get back to my usual speed and more often than not I'm thwarted by the next typo or layout-fault before that. It's utterly annoying!
Sometimes I want to strangle the author and scream at him/her that there is a bloody difference between you're and your, there and their and that you might find it difficult to park an aeroplane in a hanger since a normal-sized one would only fit into a hangar!
(LOL sorry about that rant but this is a topic I could go on and on about for hours)
Well I've finished "The Secret Speech" (and have reviewed in on my Blog. Now reading Solo, William Boyd's Bond novel.
RJ's and Rhubarb's rants about editing are the best things I've read this week. I am so with you guys!
"Migraine" by Oliver Sacks, I love his books.
*bows* We aim to please, TZ
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