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Dan Wells / Comments, typos and errata
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:54:47 PM »
   This is for I Am Not a Serial Killer,  but maybe others can add posts from the other two.

   I only take notes when I read certain books that I care enough about.  Dan is a very good writer, better than I'll probably ever be, but I do notice things and get bugged by things sometimes.  If I'm wrong, I learn, but it is at least really fun interacting with good writers like this, and their faithful readers!

   I'll start with the good, encouraging stuff:

p. 60.11  "a visual sigh"  nice

98.8  beautiful description here, especially "drill-bit tornadoes"

138.4 <chuckle>

182.4 Typical guy, doesn't mention salad as a part of the meal even worth mentioning.  Now if there had been bacon in it, different story.

   Typos: Here's hoping you need these for a second printing!

27.4  I'm like you're only . . . (your)

58.6  from the porch, "she sent . . .  (She)

60.8  said the reporter, "do . . .  (Do)

71.3  the piling up (of) the organs

75.3  Here's one of several places where I think there should be a new sentence after the attribution.  Instead of ". . . Iraq," said Max, "it's as . . .  I think it should read . . . Max. "It's . . .

76.2  It was against my rules now (This sounds goofy, like one of the tenses is wrong, but I can't really figure out how to fix it.)

81.4  same thing as 75.3

83.1  human in origin (period or semi-colon here?) but that, unfortunately . . .

92.1  crept slowly past headed east  (heading?)

100.4  same thing as 75.3

132.2  If two policeman (men)

133.3  Did I even have (a) choice?

173.7  "Why would I be after Brooke."  (needs question mark)

195.7  So it's (a) question of risk

263.2  if I knew where Mr. Crowley was, and (I) told them

(That's not bad, compared to Mr. Sanderson . . . .)


I don't usually spot these things at all, but when John calls Mr. Crowley from the pay phone (p. 187), how does he know the cell number by heart?  There was another similar error, I think, somewhere during the frantic climax, but I didn't write it down.  It was another instance of John knowing which number to call that didn't seem plausible to me, I think having to do with Mrs. Crowley's phone.  Or maybe his psychiatrist.  Why did I think I would remember this?

Overall impression of style and punctuation: Terrific!  Lovely, precise, gripping and crisp without being dry.  Very interesting take on a moral sociopath; very insightful, I think.  I did make a note about an overuse of M-dashes near the middle of the book, which seemed a bit sloppy, but then that problem eventually resolved, gradually, and I don't think I've read an author with better use of colons and semi-colons, with just the right amount of ellipses and M-dashes for my taste toward the end. 

Can't wait to get my hands on the next two! 

Books / Fantasy: reliable content
« on: August 15, 2009, 04:32:37 PM »
  Hey, fellow time-wasters, I am having a bit of a difficult time finding fantasy reviews that reflect my own sensibilities.  I'm tired of starting a recommended book, getting attached to certain characters and story lines and then, all of a sudden and often unnecessarily, the graphic sex, torture, really sick stuff in general . . . kicks in and I have to skip, scan ahead and decide whether or not to continue reading.  I generally put the thing down and brood over the wasted time. 

   I sense that there are others on this forum whose preferences run in the same vein as mine.  I can handle a certain amount of graphic detail, especially violence, as long as it does not cross the line into indulging the sick fantasies of the author. (George RRM comes to mind as I've ranted before.)  This seems hard to avoid in most modern fiction and I would like to avoid it.

   SOOOO, what have you read and loved that you would feel comfortable passing on to a beloved, impressionable son, daughter, niece, nephew? 

    As an example, I did a Google search for "good traditional fantasy" and came up with a few book lists on Amazon lately.  I decided to try Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.  There was a sex scene early on and it was very well-written, but had an element of pain/pleasure that I considered potentially unhealthy.  It was so well done, though, that I am still reading and hoping I don't regret it.  The way Kay writes the inner thoughts of his characters rings very true to me, unlike some authors who practically castrate their young male characters to avoid writing about sex at all.  Both extremes are not to my liking.   I've gotta believe my fantasy to enjoy it!

   I read a lot of YA (young adult) novels to keep my heart and mind where they ought to be and indulge my passion for a good story.  I think a lot of YA is just as good, if not better, than most of what is put out for general consumption, so please include any really good YA novels you have come across, if anyone posts here.  Patrick Carman is a favorite.

   I know there are a lot of gray areas on this topic and that the line is not a fine one and that one person's "clean content" is another's semi-porn, but I hope to get a few good recommendations out of this and discover previously unknown gems of fantasy.  Sci fi is also welcome.

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