Sometimes, as I tap away at my computer at work, I wonder how on earth people did my job without computers. And then I remember that even as the computer makes my job easier, it also makes the “job” of the people I’m scrutinizing easier. And by “job” I mean scam.
And then I open up a sample on my Kindle and read a sentence that even a nominal amount of internet research (i.e., a web search of a public agency’s website) would have rendered impossible. How freaking lazy is that, in terms of background research? And the sample is deleted immediately. The author might have some sort of background story to make the error plausible, but I’ve got a limited amount of time and a limited reading budget, and sloppy research is not a winning attribute for me as a reader. Next?
Also pinging the crank-o-meter: changing the name of a character mid-series. In Magic Bleeds, Dr. Doolittle’s name was George (see page 244). But in Magic Rises it is Darrien (see page 197). Seriously? The book hit number 1 on the mass market paperback list and the next book of the series had already been scheduled to move to hardback before that high point. Am I supposed to believe the last few books didn’t get the attention of a copy editor and one of Ace’s best editors in general in Anne Sowards? That kind of thing is irritating as hell, and also sadly common in the Magic series, as I’ve noted in posts about earlier books.
On the reading front, I added Jo Beverley’s The Secret Marriage and Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty to the donate pile for this week’s installment of The Great Book Purge. Beverley used to be much more to my taste, but I found during the Purge that older keepers aren’t so much now, and more recent books don’t really appeal for reasons I can’t really articulate other than to say ~meh~. The Bray book…probably would have appealed if I’d read it when I bought it.
Otherwise, I didn’t get much new reading done in the last week — instead I’ve been re-reading Aaronovitch’s Broken Homes, because I wanted to see how I’d been so blindsided by the ending. And there are some hints or breadcrumbs but I…still didn’t see it coming. My copy of the book is full of post it notes on pages with hints and also with passages that I like or that I think are very typical of the narrator’s voice.
The only other book I read was Carla Kelly’s new historical, The Double Cross. (FWIW, the title isn’t a religious allusion.) It’s set in New Mexico in the 18th century. It reminded me a lot of her early trads: a sweet romance with some adventure thrown in. It’s not inspirational fiction per se, although the Church plays a role in the daily life of the main characters, which I’d expect for the setting. I’m not sure how the series will go; there’s a personal mystery or conflict that will need to be resolved, but I’m also wondering if there will be outside mysteries related to Don Marco’s position as juez de campo.