Commented on Reminders
Damn. New Stross, new Scalzi *and* Gay Marriage all in the space of a few weeks? It's too much! HAPPINESS OVERLOAD!...
Commented on An exercise in futility
I'm with Cory on this. It would seem that the only way to prevent e-readers from doing this would be with DRM. But one of the most often cited reasons for detesting DRM is that it makes it harder for...
Bellinghman commented on
You've been listening to my wife complaining about sometimes having 7 meetings before lunch....
MSB commented on
Hm. I wouldn't have thought that a one-on-one with the Home Secretary would be a routine/semi-routine event for Mo that she would skip over. But anyway, here are the other two: The first one could also be a minor typo and should be easily fixable: In chapter 9, the SA tells Mo that she's just about to surpass his time with the violin, and he held it for six years and two months. However, in their final conversation (third to last paragraph of the last chapter) he speaks about her carrying it for eight years. I didn't have the impression...
M Helsdon commented on
Probably a result of how books are published now... Multiple instances of American spelling in the Orbit edition: 'defense' being the primary culprit. Reading a US published book (started reading the Laundry saga in the Golden Gryphon Press editions) I tend to filter out the spelling variations, but there's something about 'Ministry of Defense' or 'defense of the realm' that's just... not batrachian, squamous or rugose. Apologies for the pedantic comments; really enjoyed the book, and looking forward to the next....
KKoro commented on
I'm fairly certain that the SA is not the second-in-the-running that Mo overtook. I don't remember the SA ever saying that he was. As for ******, could that be a reference to the violin's "true name" as hinted in the first two chapters, possibly compelled as an honest answer due to an unintended geas?...
MSB commented on
"I'm fairly certain that the SA is not the second-in-the-running that Mo overtook. I don't remember the SA ever saying that he was." Hm, you could be right. He tells her that she's one week from making it to second place, and shortly afterwards speaks about his own six years and two months. I've obviously made a connection between the two statements and concluded that she's overtaking him, but he indeed never explicitly states that. So maybe not an error after all. But the SA reacting to a name that he already knew is definitely an error. The true name...
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