Sunday, January 31, 2010

Words is his craft

I finished reading a book yesterday that was unremarkably bad, just one more bit of the mendacity that comprises modern “literature”. It did, however, contain a description that I thought was worth passing along for your consideration:

“Sheep dotted the hillside like wool.”

2 comments:

Jeremy said...

What was the name of the book? If you finished it, it couldn't have been that bad, right?

MKeaton said...

No, it was bad. It's kind of the nature of the business; I read a lot of bad books in order to keep up with the market and know what's happening to the poor readers. I didn't want to give the name of the book because I didn't want it to seem like I was picking on anyone. It was called the "Pegasus Secret" (one of the many Davinci Code clones that are popular now) by some guy I forget. I remember that in the about the author he was a lawyer though--just like his main character.

Understand, I'm not blaming the author for a lot of what was wrong in the book (poor description, weak plot, inconsistent pacing and characters, and an unfulfilling ending--those were all his fault but what I was complaining about in post was squarely on the copy-editor's shoulders. The book was miserably copy edited and I'm seeing that more and more. I swear, I can't get through a book without finding just horrible stuff that CEs are letting through. (Even my own CChild has ugly errors in it.) But this book really had CE errors in spades. One of my favorites was the guy who was the youngest child of a large family, one of whom his mother died giving birth to.

But I thought the sheep quote was funnier.

mk