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Less tedious minutiae, which is good. Even more scampering, which is asinine.
on 28 September 2016
There is somewhat less tedious minutiae in this book, which can only be a god thing. On the downside, Lowell's favourite word gets even more overuse.
Throughout this series I have notice that Lowell has a favourite word. The verb scamper, usually used in the past tense. This word is overused to a ridiculous degree in this book. Everyone scampers everywhere, it boggles my mind what Lowell thought he was doing. I can only assume that at some point he has heard the word and become so enamoured of it he wants to use it all the time. So we are forced to endure being told that people are running with quick, light steps through fear or excitement, EVERYWHERE! What makes it worse is that do you really think people are going to be running with quick light steps off the bridge of a ship after their watch, all the time? Of course not, it is unlikely to happen at all, ever. This is because in the universe Mr Lowell has created where people are very concerned about safety regulations and operating correctly, the chances of people taking the inherently unsafe action of running up or down ladders is very unlikely. So we are left with a word that is constantly used inappropriately and frankly, it sounds stupid.
Just as stupid as all the snickering. Another massively overused word, clearly Mr Lowell has a couple of favourite word he is determined to shoe horn into every situation no matter how inappropriate or nonsensical. The number of times that laugh, chuckle, guffaw or any other variation is used can be counted on one hand, while there are enough snickers to make a shipload of chocolate bars.
There is still a degree of fixation on describing boring trivialities in excruciating detail, which wastes a lot of time and text. But thankfully it is getting better.