RARA-AVIS: Re: Caught Stealing

From: Dave Zeltserman ( dz@hardluckstories.com)
Date: 30 Dec 2006


When I was reading Caught Stealing I picked up the ERA error you mentioned and I think one or two other similar mistakes (glossed over the caught stealing one), and no, it didn't bother me. Caught Stealing at it's heart is a really fun book, very fast-paced, kind of Quentin Tarantinoish in it's style and violence, and a terrific read, and I'd suggest giving it more of a shot. What will stop me dead in reading a book is bad writing, an obvious plot, smugness on the writer's part, poorly drawn characters, etc.

--Dave Z.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "T. Kent Morgan" <tkmorgan@...> wrote:
> Joy wrote in reply to my post about the mistakes on page 7 of
> Caught Stealing turning me off.
> "No, Kent, you aren't the only one. It happens to me all the time.
When I
> trip over dumb mistakes in newspapers, I often send off a letter
to the
> editor, but in books, it's too much trouble to figure out where to
> My excuse is that I copyedit for a living."
> Joy, I also edited as a major part of my job in educational
> and know how mistakes can still be made. Taking the oopposite
position, I
> co-wrote a twice weekly sports column in a daily paper for four
years and
> always dreaded my first look at the "finished" product, i.e., what
> editors did to it and got wrong. In the case of Caught Stealing,
my biggest
> problem was the author writing the baseball passage about caught
> the book's title, and not knowing what the term meant. At least I
> think he would have written it the way he did if he did know.
> Kent Morgan

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 30 Dec 2006 EST