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Responding to a Review

General rule: don’t respond to reviews.  But then, every rule has an exception…

Joshua Palmatier recently posted a review of Mermaid’s Madness that pointed out what he felt was an error.  “…at one point, Snow knocks someone down, but without any sign of recovery, the person is back up a few pages later.”

I haven’t gone back to double-check this in my book, and I don’t intend to.  The book is in print, and it’s not like I can recall and change the copies even if he’s right.

Instead, I’ve written a note for my own future reference:

When Snow knocks you down, you stay the @#$% down!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I wanted to post something suggestive and funny about that being my rule already, but I couldn't make it work.

So instead, I present the world with a do-it-yourself humor kit, for readers to assemble themselves.

And if someone manages to turn it into something hilarious, I will just sit here in my corner, weeping at the unfairness of the world. Don't mind me.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
*snort* I'm pretty sure they generally do!
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I once submitted a story. And got back a reject. In which I was warned against inconsistencies: on page x they were wearing hats and on page y they weren't.

I said oops did I revise out their taking off their hats? I looked. On page x they were taking off their hats.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I like your note!

That's not a bad potential error, all things considered. I once read a book where the author had inadvertently switched up time zones and indicated it was later on the west coast than it was on the east coast. I was surprised that something like that made it into print.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Great post. :)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
You could be a hardcore weatherman with a quote like that.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Good point.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)

Seriously, I'd prefer not to be put in the position to be knocked down in the first place!
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
You damn right. Can you dig it.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
That seems relatively small in the grand scheme of things. I read so many books last year that had huge, glaring continuity levels.

My favorite was a scene in one book that started at dawn and halfway through, it was the middle of the afternoon, even though that much time had NOT passed.

You have a wonderful attitude about reviews. Others could learn from your example.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a huge flaw, but on the other hand, if it threw someone out of the story then it's a valid complaint.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
That would make a wonderful bumper sticker. :)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Or a T-shirt! (Except that I'm bad about T-shirts. I *still* haven't uploaded the Neil Gaiman facts...)
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
I like Joshua, though I haven't seen him in years. He's a good guy.

I honestly don't remember the scene he's referring to, but I'm not going to say he's wrong. Responding to a review with a smart-ass line is one thing. Arguing with the review? Totally not my place.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
So if someone gets knocked down, they can't ever get back up again unless you specifically write it into the story? I don't get that.

(the wife and I both loved Mermaid!)

uh oh... now I've got that song going through my head "I get knocked down, but I get up again!"
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
"I've fallen and I can't get up!"

I couldn't really say without rereading the scene, and I'm not going to argue with Joshua regardless. If it threw him out of the story, it threw him out of the story.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I must give this Snow person a wide berth :)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, Snow's fun :-) It's Talia who's most likely to be dangerous...
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I will end JP when I see him! How dare he impugn on the might of The Hines!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
All hail the Mighty Hines!
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Growing up, I used to wear two shirts all the time, especially in winter. Obviously this scene took place on a very cold day, and the heroine was simply dressing in practical layers.
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