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  •  I picked "It will always be England for me" (10+ / 0-)

    Reading a novel set in England--be it the eighth century or the eighteenth--just makes me feel cosy. I also like reading fiction about English people behaving Englishly in other countries.

    That said, my favorite fantasy world would be Mel Keegan's science fiction--the NARC series set in the 23rd century and the Hellgate series set in the 25th. I'm a little unnerved to find some of the sci-fi in those books coming true--like drones, and a world in which countries are underwater, and 3D printers!

    I refuse to tell anyone here what I'm reading on my Kindle at the moment because it is Very Low.  I'm writhing at the lack of editing in it--OMG, absolutely blatant errors!  Doesn't anyone edit or proofread galleys any more? Did some descendant of Hamlet lose his head and instead of killing all the lawyers, kill all the editors instead?

    Alas, alack!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 06:59:10 PM PDT

    •  I am sorry about the lack of editors (10+ / 0-)

      I am afraid many have gone missing...a shame.

      I agree this is scary:

      I'm a little unnerved to find some of the sci-fi in those books coming true--like drones, and a world in which countries are underwater, and 3D printers!
      I have read several stories where people just get what they want out of a little box...food, clothes, you name it and wow!  now it might happen?

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      by cfk on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:14:41 PM PDT

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      •  Editors - that is to say, acquisitions editors - (7+ / 0-)

        aren't paid to do the kind of line-edit many writers need. They certainly don't have the time to do the kind of in-depth copyedit that copyeditors are paid to do (but too often don't -- with a shout-out to the brilliant copyeditors who persevere against great odds).

        Proofreaders are often the last, best defense against malapropisms, bad usage, bad punctuation and even -- and I have found this, back when I was proofing books -- what in the movies they call continuity errors.

        IOW, your high school graduate can't spend three months on the moon and all of a sudden have switched colleges (that he was going to attend when he returned to Earth) and also have a year or two of credits (when he hasn't been attending college even remotely by computer).

        You can't blame the author. Too close to the work.

        Where was the editor? This isn't line editing: this is catching a HUGE logic gap. Where was the copy editor? They are PAID to catch this stuff.

        Nope. Caught it in page proofs. When it's extremely expensive to fix.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

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