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Nicky (SIDMOUTH, United Kingdom)

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by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine book - but a disgrace to Kindle, 17 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Armadillo (Paperback)
I make no comment about the book per se beyond the first two words of the title of this review: anyone reading it will infer correctly that I enjoyed this book greatly. I write here only to warn prospective buyers that the Kindle version is a monument to illiteracy, lack of proof reading and indifference to the basics of written English. In short, an insult to its author. There is hardly a page without some omission of punctuation - the concept of direct speech ending with a full stop as well as an inverted apostrophe seems utterly beyond the ken of its Kindle originator - discrete words are run one into another, and egregious misspellings such as TOUR for YOUR abound. This edition is a disgrace and whoever is responsible for it should hang his or her head in shame; he or she is the sort of person who gets one thinking whistfully of anthills, oodles of sticky honey and taut guy ropes under a lingering African sun...
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E. M. Forster: A New Life
E. M. Forster: A New Life
by Wendy Moffat
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merely errata, 6 Aug. 2010
I make no comment upon the book per se - there are, at the time of writing, four reviews posted - but merely note the following trivial errata in the hope that they might catch the attention of the author or the publishers.

- p.205: Knole House is in KENT, not Sussex.

- p.222; The sentence at the bottom of the first paragraph beginning, 'But Morgan was set on preserving Bob's reputation, abjuring Joe...' makes no sense as it stands. The author means ADJURING, a rather different word!

Final pinprick: the word FORTUITOUS is used at least twice in the text to mean 'fortunate', which it does not: it means 'by chance, accidentally'.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Book 1
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Book 1
by Alan Bradley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging romp: but not for Latinists!, 5 Aug. 2010
This enjoyable romp canters across much ground usually covered by more readily defined genres such as cosy country house crime, the classic school story - ( en passant I wonder if the author is aware that Greyminster, a school of the same name, was much written about by the upmarket public school writer Hylton Cleaver in the 1930s?) - and the `I Capture the Castle' school of youthful feminised soliloquy which rears its head from generation to generation in various guises. And it is none the worse for that - though the reader will have mightily to suspend his or her disbelief and just accept an eleven year old heroine with a brain the size of Kent, the linguistic ability of Oxford don and the chemical knowledge and abilities of an unusually gifted research fellow at the same institution if the sweetness of this particular pie is to be properly enjoyed. But once suspended, a good time is ensured for all.

ERRATUM: the following is for the attention of the author or publisher, should their august eyes ever fall on these lines; and of course for pedants who delight in this sort of thing. Though it is not as germane to the plot as its many references make it seem, there is an egregious schoolboy error in the use of the Latin word 'vale' (used to mean `farewell!' and spoken on two different occasions by two people in extremis) which will really make any classicist want to kick a waste bin. (It is also mispronounced by the otherwise excellent Emilia Fox in the splendid audio CD version, but we'll let that pass: the `v' sound did not exist in Latin, and was pronounced like our `w'). The problem is this: the supposed Latin master apparently says 'vale' to the boys below him before jumping to his death, a mistake at which even the most mentally negligible member of his first form would have gone `tut!': for 'vale' is only used to address a single person, the correct form when talking to two or more people being 'valete', which of course is what the Latin master should have called out to his boys here.
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