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It's actually a good story, I just found his writing tiresome.
Giant Communist Robot wrote:For many reasons, modern readers prefer a faster pace.
Conrad may have used three adjectives where one would do because the one that would do it did not exist, or at least was unknown to him.
Some writers love to rub the readers' noses in their expansive knowledge of vocabulary, requiring them to keep their reference books handy just to read their work. Others use 'the language of the everyman' in order keep their writings enjoyable or because they lack the vocabulary or resources to do otherwise. Most probably fall somewhere in between.
Giant Communist Robot wrote:Did you see my post about the flash fiction stories?
dai bread wrote:Another thing that used to annoy me intensely about early- to mid-twentieth- century writers was the way they used foreign words when writing about foreign places.
piqaboo wrote:Saberhagen's editor went to sleep w Book 7 of The Lost Swords.
I am tempted to redpen it, its so bad. Contradictions a sentence apart, what appears to be the author's original outline still left in the story, sandwiched between its expanded self, contradictions of things stated explicitely in earlier books....blech.
I had a hard time with letters to the editor. Our local paper limits them to 250 words or less
Giant Communist Robot wrote:I had a hard time with letters to the editor. Our local paper limits them to 250 words or less
Stating your point in 25 words or so shouldn't be hard. That leaves you with ~200 words to sum your reasons. What's so hard about that? Just generalize. I tell you what, why don't you try it here? Get some practice in.
Although I have heard much about Queen Victoria and read part of her life which someone has translated into Chinese, still I don't think her life was half so interesting as mine...England is one of the great powers of the world, but this has not been brought about by Queen Victoria's absolute rule. She had the able men of parliament back of her at all times and of course they discussed everything until the best result was obtained, then she would sign the necessary documents and really had nothing to say about the policy of the country. Now look at me. I have 400,000,000 people, all depending on my judgement.
The Chinese have an ideogram that means "shelter", regardless of how you pronounce it
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