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    Quote Originally Posted by Vague-rant View Post
    Also, as someone not normally annoyed by this kind of thing, the repeated use of "an herb" made me confused, annoyed and then angry. It appears strangely often in the text and I have to pretend that the h is silent with everyone speaking in a midlands accent.
    Well, he's an American author.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vague-rant View Post
    Just finished "The Painted Man" (or The Warded Man in some regions). Not bad, but not great either. Certainly I'll try to get my hands on the second book. Characters plot etc. all range from average to good, but I did have a few niggles. The time lapses in the writing seem a little odd- not between chapters, but every now and then it'll jump forward as though there was once text there, but it got cut to speed up the story.

    Also, as someone not normally annoyed by this kind of thing, the repeated use of "an herb" made me confused, annoyed and then angry. It appears strangely often in the text and I have to pretend that the h is silent with everyone speaking in a midlands accent.
    Oh man. People who drop the 'h' in 'herb', despite speaking an accent/dialect that never usually drops 'h'es. Don't get me started -.-

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    Quote Originally Posted by MD! View Post
    Oh man. People who drop the 'h' in 'herb', despite speaking an accent/dialect that never usually drops 'h'es. Don't get me started -.-
    I'm sure that had me laughing in DA:O, usually it is because they completely seperate an from 'erb and don't let it flow naturally (I'm very lazy with spoken language).

    On topic: Just finished Charles Stross's Halting State a book that I should have probably read ages ago but was put off by the blurb on the back making it sound silly. Being a near future SF novel I'm sure it will probably date horribly over the next few years, but it was written with the likes of RPS readers in mind, without resorting to painfully stopping to explain jargon constantly and maintains a sly, slightly buried humour throughout. Basically it explores how net use has infiltrated day-to-day life and wraps a techno-thriller around augmented and virtually reality games. The use of a second person viewpoint is interesting but works really well, switching between the three main characters between chapters and at no time does the book seem labourious or merely filling pages. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MD! View Post
    Oh man. People who drop the 'h' in 'herb', despite speaking an accent/dialect that never usually drops 'h'es. Don't get me started -.-
    I'm sorry, are the English getting angry that people are speaking English wrong?
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    If an English person with an English accent drops the "h", I think irritation is acceptable. Obviously don't be a dick about it though.

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    My favorite 'erb is uhregeno, but bay-zil and cilantro are nice too.

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    I just finished Unseen Academicals and I must say it certainly wasn't my favorite Discworld book. In fact I think it may be the weakest. I can't remember ever flipping back in previous Prachett books to see if what I was currently reading jived with what came before, but I was doing that all throughout this book. Also, am I wrong or is this the first book to not feature Death?
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    I haven't read any Discworld novels for years, but I'm fairly certain they don't all include Death.

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    According to Wikipedia Death is in every book except The Wee Free Men and Snuff (which I have yet to read). Interesting, normally I take note of his appearance but I must have missed it in this one. I guess this may be a symptom of me not normally being as engrossed in a Discworld novel as I usually am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    I'm sorry, are the English getting angry that people are speaking English wrong?
    I'm not English, and I wasn't angry. Thanks for apologising though; through you, I forgive your people their (ridiculous) errors.

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    Who the needs the H in 'erb eh?

    Probably something like half the country drops their H's. Weird conversation.

    (edit - I do get what you mean with 'An Herb' though, which is just poor editing)

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    People who drop their 'H's are the worst. Presumably in a few generations we'll call someone who studies the past "a nistorian". It's napron/apron, nadder/adder, norange/orange all over again, and I hate it.
    Grr.

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    I finished reading PKD's Ubik. I practically devoured it in less than two days. I always thought that PKD's short stories were much better than his novels. I stand corrected. This book was an amazing display of his writing.

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    Read The Hunger Games trilogy in a day and a half, so I guess it grabbed me. Knowing practically nothing about it before I started reading was nice too.

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    About Financial Accounting.

    Sigh.

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    I LOVE it. I really hope the future has nistorians. Also nistorectomies, neiroglyphics and nydrogen.

    Actually, dropping the 'h' isn't much like the nadder/norange thing. There, you're removing the 'n' from the original noun and giving it to the 'a' to form 'an' due to a slight confusion with the pronunciation. Here it's almost the opposite. You're giving the 'n' from 'an' to the noun and removing the 'h', which is often removed in pronunciation by right-thinking cockneys.

    Not having a go or anything, just saying.

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    Now I'm finished The Rogue, too. That series won't update til August (sadface) so I'm back to rooting around in bookshops to find something I want to read in the meantime.

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    the alchemist: pualo coehlo

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    The Blade itself, Joe Abercrombie. The entirely male cast is a bit offputting but oh well.

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    Finished the second Song of Ice and Fire book. Tyrion is the best.

    Reading The Collaborator by Gerald Seymour now, but I've got the next SOIAF book ordered. Is it at the third one that I've read I should expect it to tail off a bit?
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