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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
To Green Angel Tower
Tad Williams
Progress: 44/1104 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer
The Power of Myth
Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
Progress: 20 %

Reading progress update: I've read 366 out of 576 pages.

Stone of Farewell - Tad Williams

Previous update was made o the Kindle Fire so I didn't write a lot.


Another 40 pages in and I'm hoping to finish this volume maybe tomorrow.


The typos are becoming more annoying. 


One character's name is Josua.  J O S U A.  At least three or four times it's been JOSHUA.  It's bad enough to have a character whose name is too obviously close to a "real" name, especially with this whole pseudo-christian religion element woven in.  When the typesetting errors compound the problem, it's more than just annoying.


I didn't take the time to mark the errors.  Some were "she" instead of "he" or vice versa.  Words were duplicated, as in "something could could happen."  Punctuation, usually quotation marks, was sometimes left out.  Because of the complexity of Williams's writing, knowing where dialogue begins and ends relative to stage directions and other narrative is essential.  Having to reread a passage to decipher dialogue from narrative completely pulls the reader out.  When it happens in the middle of a tense scene, it's even more annoying than usual.


I'm still enjoying the book, and I'm not blaming the author for the typos.  Truth is, typesetting in the 1980s could be pretty horrendous, and maybe I'm just spoiled.