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Sunday Salon: Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! (Particularly to anyone who came in through the Book Blog Search Engine and decided to stick around… Welcome!) Also, happy Summer Solstice (or Winter, for those of you on the bottom side of the world!)

It’s been a slow week and another lazy weekend, which is not at all a bad thing. I’ve got reviews coming up for at least two books: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik and The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark (and probably for one of the Joss Whedon graphic novels that I’ve got out of the library, but I haven’t read those yet.) If you’ve got any questions about either book that you’d like me to answer in my review, ask away!

I’m currently reading an ARC of Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant, which is thoroughly absorbing so far, although the writing style is kind of strange, and I’m having a bit of a hard time keeping some the nuns straight, especially when they’re just referred to by name. It’s one of the least-polished ARCs I’ve ever gotten, though. I know that ARCs are by their nature going to be uncorrected and unpolished, but in most cases there’s only a few typos that I spot in an entire book… and in this one there’s a few every page. Fortunately it’s not too distracting; I just thought it was odd.

Also, Happy Father’s Day to my Dad! (and to any other dads reading this, and to the dads of any non-dads reading this.) Thanks to you and mom for reading me stories whenever I asked as a kid; thanks for reading me the first chapter of Island of the Blue Dolphins aloud when I was being pissy about not wanting to read it, and then not minding too much when I tore it out of your hands because I could read faster than you and wanted to know what happened; thanks for getting me hooked on audiobooks on long car trips; and thanks for always asking me what I’m reading and wanting to talk books. (And thanks for a bunch of non-book-related stuff, too, of course!)

Also also, if you haven’t entered my giveaway for Brandon Sanderson’s new novel Warbreaker, you only have a few days left! Even if you don’t normally read epic fantasy, give this one a try… Sanderson’s great with characterization, dialogue, and humor, as well as magic and fantasy adventure, and he might just get you to fall in love with a new genre. Head on over to the giveaway post to enter!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2009 12:54 pm

    I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins a long time ago…

    Happy reading!

  2. June 21, 2009 2:16 pm

    You have had a good reading week. I keep seeing The Book of Unholy Mischeif.

  3. June 21, 2009 2:49 pm

    I’m reading “Sacred Hearts” right now too. It isn’t the least polished ARC I’ve gotten, because I once had one with a whole line of gobbledygook in the middle of a sentence (maybe of a word?), but there are a surprising number of typos, given how close the ARC was promoted to the pub date. Maybe there are more than I’ve seen, though, I started noticing them less the more I got into the story.

  4. June 21, 2009 2:52 pm

    Too many typos bug me even in an ARC.

  5. June 21, 2009 4:30 pm

    Can you describe the Book of Unholy Mischief in 3 sentences? Did you enjoy it?

    Typos in anything drive me crazy but I have been guilty of a few myself, often when I’m rushing or tired. When I read them later, boy, am I embarrassed! Have a great week.

  6. June 21, 2009 5:06 pm

    Typos throw me straight off, so I’m sure I’d have a terrible time with SACRED HEARTS. Hopefully the final edition will be more polished.

  7. June 21, 2009 5:23 pm

    Trouble keeping the nuns straight? That’s always a problem for me too since they wear the same outfits ;)

  8. thekoolaidmom permalink
    June 21, 2009 8:58 pm

    Is one of those nuns named Maria? If so, I can’t help ya, because *sing it with me…* How d’ya solve a problem like Maria? hehehehhee

    I, too, have Sacred Hearts on my ARC-alanche pile, and typos get irritating after awhile.

  9. June 22, 2009 10:40 am

    Amanda – I *hated* the first chapter and didn’t want to read it… and it wound up becoming one of my favorite books as a kid. Go figure.

    Vivienne – Yeah, I was seeing it everywhere too, and the pretty cover and good reviews finally convinced me to get off my butt and go read it.

    DoB – You’re right, I think it’s the fact that it’s so close to the publication date that made it really surprising. The ARC for The Lost City of Z was pretty rough too – not so many typos, but a lot of TKs – but that had a little more time in-between.

    bermudaonion – That’s true for a lot of people, I’m sure; for some reason, I can usually skim my eyes right past them without too much distraction.

    Gavin – Yes, I can, and yes, I did! The review will go up shortly. :)

    Memory – I don’t know this for sure, obviously, but if I had to guess, I’d say they produced the ARCs a while ago but didn’t get them distributed right away, so hopefully their official proofreaders will have had plenty of time.

    Lenore – It’s true! Plus they all have long, polysyllabic, unfamiliar Italian names.

    thekoolaidmom – I’m going to make a shocking confession, but… *tinyvoice* I’ve never actually seen The Sound of Music.

  10. June 22, 2009 10:28 pm

    I look forward to your overall review of Sarah Dunant’s book. I will probably read it eventually. Hopefully the typos will be gone by the time it comes out!

  11. June 23, 2009 10:21 am

    Kailana – I finished it yesterday, and the typos got much better (fewer) as the book went on – or else I was so absorbed I didn’t notice them as much! In any case, my review will be up later this week or early next, but in short form: I really enjoyed it.

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