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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but why so many formatting errors?, 3 Jun. 2012
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I've always enjoyed this author and this book in particular, fantastic plot, characters and humour so I bought the Kindle version the other day. Someone from the publisher really should proof read it. For some reason random words get hyphenated on almost every page. It's enough to drive you to distraction. I myself have two Kindle books for sale as a self published author and have been criticised once for bad proofing and made every effort to sort it out. How come a mainstream publishing house can be so unprofessional??
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2014 01:17:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2014 15:02:38 GMT
Oral Balm says:
I completely agree: the Kindle edition is pretty much a disgrace. The odd typo I can take on the chin, but the in-cessant hyphen-ation makes it look like those dreadful old books for teaching children to read. It's not as if we get these e-books for nothing and so can be fobbed off with any old rubbish.

Having said that, of course, the book itself is very far from rubbish, and a characteristic example of Banks' fondness for drastic switching of registers. One minute, feisty, over-sexed, ball-kicking female characters and weird, exotic cocktails of staggering potency; the next, savage violence and terrifying cruelty and death; the next, poignant, ruined loves; the next, a kind of nature-mysticism. It's a risky strategy and it doesn't always come off. It may be the lack of galactic perspective that makes this particular book seem a bit overstuffed (despite the description, it isn't a Culture novel): could a single solar system really contain everything that Banks so recklessly and hyper-imaginatively flings into the mix? And I have a feeling that he's enjoying himself so much that many sentences are just a bit too long (know the feeling). But it's certainly an enjoyably bumpy ride. And the two lead females give pretty good sass.
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