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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #735 on: April 20, 2013, 11:48:03 PM »
I recall reading about Tolkien's query about the cover to the first authorized US edition of Lord of the Rings - "Why does it feature ostriches?"
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« Reply #736 on: April 20, 2013, 11:52:47 PM »
I was looking at a table of books and noticed something that really annoys me. Book cover after book cover that reads "Bookname: A Novel".

Really?  You need to tell us that this book is "A Novel"?  I couldn't have guessed!

I can understand "Bookname: A Novel of Seriesname", but "A Novel"?  ::)

Absolutely, it is helpful. I don't like memoirs, am iffy on biographies "as told to......". Many of those have titles that could be questionalable. I always look at the blurbs and a page or two to see the style of writing and if it is sloppily written, but I'd really like to know the generals before I waste my time. If it is science fiction, fantasy, or historical I can usually firgure out, but non-fiction or fiction may be not so clear.

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« Reply #737 on: April 21, 2013, 10:14:07 AM »
One peeve I have is when I loved something as a young impressionable teen and then I re-read it and see all of the gaping holes, inappropriate behaviour and wonder what teenage me was thinking.  I read an old Victoria Holt romantic novel recently and I can't believe I used to devour those.  The protagonist was ridiculously wet, the "hero" made me uncomfortable with the fact he was lusting after her when she was 14 and the whole approach made me feel deeply uneasy.  I know people got married younger in the Victorian era but there was something about the way that book handled it was very offputting. 

Yet I know when I was a teenager they were my favourite book and I thought them the zenith of romance. Oddly I still like other historical romances but there's something about the style of the VH ones that makes me uncomfortable. 

It's funny what adulthood brings to one in terms of changing approaches. 
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« Reply #738 on: April 22, 2013, 08:43:50 AM »
Oof. Just finished a Patricia Cornwell book, and there were some real howlers.

First of all she talked about 'bacterias'.

Then later on, there was a slightly throwaway comment about a colleague having died a few years back from smallpox. In case you're wondering when the book was set...1999.

The bizarre thing was that the forensics stuff had clearly been researched. The references to all things microbial came across as something she'd been told by a drunk in a bar.

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« Reply #739 on: April 22, 2013, 08:50:07 AM »
Oof. Just finished a Patricia Cornwell book, and there were some real howlers.

First of all she talked about 'bacterias'.

Then later on, there was a slightly throwaway comment about a colleague having died a few years back from smallpox. In case you're wondering when the book was set...1999.

The bizarre thing was that the forensics stuff had clearly been researched. The references to all things microbial came across as something she'd been told by a drunk in a bar.

One bacterium, two bacterias, right?  ;)

I suppose a death by smallpox could be reasonable - IF it were some sort of bizarre research-related accident (or murder plot). But as a throwaway cause of death, nope, not happening (despite the prognistication of H.L. Mencken, who believed smallpox would always be with us, despite that newfangled vaccination stuff).
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« Reply #740 on: April 22, 2013, 09:04:28 AM »
Well I suppose technically the last case of smallpox was from a lab accident..

But nope - no indication that it was anything other than a hey ho every day case of smallpox.

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« Reply #741 on: April 22, 2013, 09:27:11 AM »
One peeve I have is when I loved something as a young impressionable teen and then I re-read it and see all of the gaping holes, inappropriate behaviour and wonder what teenage me was thinking.  I read an old Victoria Holt romantic novel recently and I can't believe I used to devour those.  The protagonist was ridiculously wet, the "hero" made me uncomfortable with the fact he was lusting after her when she was 14 and the whole approach made me feel deeply uneasy.  I know people got married younger in the Victorian era but there was something about the way that book handled it was very offputting. 

Yet I know when I was a teenager they were my favourite book and I thought them the zenith of romance. Oddly I still like other historical romances but there's something about the style of the VH ones that makes me uncomfortable. 

It's funny what adulthood brings to one in terms of changing approaches.

PREACH IT! Victoria Holt is just pure awful now that I'm in my 40s. Back when I was a teenager, though, I could not get enough of 'em.
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« Reply #742 on: April 22, 2013, 11:04:08 AM »
Just finished reading the most recent Pitt novel by Anne Perry.  As usual, she has the climax/solution to the mystery happen almost literally on the last page.  No denouement, no "what happened to the guy that was actually accused of the crime," no "what happened to the guy that killed the bad guy" no "Whew, that was close."  Just, the climax and that's it.

I like her books, meandering as they are, but I wish she would have a bit of "down time" after the resolution so I can feel all cozy about the good guys and gloat over the bad ones.
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« Reply #743 on: April 22, 2013, 12:26:46 PM »
I always wondered about the "Bookname: A Novel" thing as well. It kind of assumes most books are non-fiction, doesn't it, so when one IS fiction, it's helpful to specify. Except I kind of feel like the majority of books most people encounter ARE novels, so it just seems redundant, and often pretentious, to mention it on the cover. Like "Bookname: My Novel That I Finally Wrote, Ha Ha Mom, I Told You I'd Finish It."

Of course, if it doesn't say "a novel" in the title, and even by looking at the book/reading the description of it, I still can't tell whether it's fiction or not--that's yet another peeve.
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« Reply #744 on: April 22, 2013, 12:39:26 PM »
I always figure that "X - a Novel" indicates that first there was "X - The Movie".
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« Reply #745 on: April 24, 2013, 02:16:09 PM »
I read several articles recently that said modern teens have no patience with 'Catcher in the Rye'. 

When I was a teen, this was THE novel of our generation.   I recently started reading it again. 

The modern teens are right.  Holden Caulfield is the sort of person you want to hit upside the head with a large salmon.   

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« Reply #746 on: April 24, 2013, 02:42:58 PM »
I read several articles recently that said modern teens have no patience with 'Catcher in the Rye'. 

When I was a teen, this was THE novel of our generation.   I recently started reading it again. 

The modern teens are right.  Holden Caulfield is the sort of person you want to hit upside the head with a large salmon.   

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« Reply #747 on: April 24, 2013, 02:56:52 PM »
This issue has been raised before.  I went to the library today and saw a book with an interesting description on the back cover.  Flipped through it, noticed there were no quotation marks, and put it right back on the shelf.  No thanks.  It's not creative, it's just annoying and pretentious.

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« Reply #748 on: April 24, 2013, 03:09:17 PM »
This issue has been raised before.  I went to the library today and saw a book with an interesting description on the back cover.  Flipped through it, noticed there were no quotation marks, and put it right back on the shelf.  No thanks.  It's not creative, it's just annoying and pretentious.

That's one of the main reasons why I gave up on both "The Road" and "Blindness". I just couldn't stand it.

Somebody earlier mentioned writers of book jackets who obviously didn't read the book - I read one earlier this year where the blurb got the name of the main character wrong. Should have taken it as a sign - it was a horrible book through and through.
 
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« Reply #749 on: April 24, 2013, 04:06:38 PM »
I read several articles recently that said modern teens have no patience with 'Catcher in the Rye'. 

When I was a teen, this was THE novel of our generation.   I recently started reading it again. 

The modern teens are right.  Holden Caulfield is the sort of person you want to hit upside the head with a large salmon.   
Teens of MY generation, umpty-many years ago, thought the same thing.  Teachers seemed to think it was wonderful. ::)  I thought it was the most boring thing I ever tried to read.  As a matter of fact, I think it was the only assigned book where I gave up and just read the Cliff Notes.

(That teacher was also the most annoying one I've ever had.  Treated teens like kindergarteners.  "Now, children, take out your books and turn to page 382." in this syrupy sweet voice, slowly and clearly enunciated. GAH!)
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