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Ruined by shoddy proofreading
on 6 June 2017
An excellent book by an author whose Robot stories were early - and groundbreaking - classics has been rendered almost unreadable by lack of intelligent proof-reading. I very much suspect that most proof-reading these days is done electronically, and the man who said that a computer is an idiot studying to become a moron pretty much got it in one.
I did try marking the typos - mostly errors in formatting such as failure to start a new paragraph when the speaker changed, or intoducing a double line-break in the middle of a sentence - but after the first few chapters I was losing the will to live and gave up the unequal struggle.
I was disturbed by the many unfavourable reviews highliting this problem, but most of them were a few years old so I assumed that the books had been proof-read - maybe (miracles have been known to happen) by a Real Human Being - and the problem had been solved. Maybe they haven't been proof-read, or maybe - an even more disturbing possibility - they have and, although I shudder at the thought, they might originally have been even worse.
Just as an aside; this ebook costs £6.37, at about the same time I bought two collections of Edgar Wallace classics for 99p each. Now which do you think has the most errors? That's right - Robot Dreams wins by the length of a motorway.