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#1 User is offline   Grey Sea 

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 01:40 AM

I'm hooked on the series; but the problem I've encountered is word usage. So here I am to plead with the author to PLEASE utilize a thesaurus. Reapers Gale had at least a million uses of the word sordid, all right a thousand. I thought I had finally escaped that word when I began Toll The Hounds, not so. For six books the Tale survived without it's constant usage, and I theorize it will continue to survive without it's future usage. Perhaps it's a computer glitch in the transcription and you write "meanly avaricious" and the computer program transcribing switches it to sordid-a thousand times in one book is just too many. I have actually put down Toll The Hounds to send this. Steven I'm pleading, if you read this, please, no more sordid plights, affairs, events, please, no more.
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 05:30 AM

This is a problem why?

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:33 AM

There are a number of instances of over-use of one word. Nicitating pops up far too often for realism, and in DhG there are potsherds all over the place :D

But to be honest, it's not really a huge problem is it?
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 02:46 PM

I honestly never noticed this, perhaps it's just part of SE's writing style. In any case it's not really a problem for me.
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:01 PM

He certainly overuses the word "febrile".

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 08:27 AM

And every tile in the whole world is green with 'verdigris'.
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Posted 25 November 2008 - 06:19 PM

Potsherds. Potsherds. Potsherds potsherds, potsherds potsherds potsherds. Potsherds, Potsherds.


That is all.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:29 AM

Egregious. He uses this word egregiously frequently in TtH's, noticable only because he hasn't used it much previously.

It's not a problem though - I think that once you notice a certain word, every further use of it becomes more noticable, especially on re-reads. Like, in GotM.... every scene with Rake describes him 'stretching his legs out.'
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:31 PM

"Skirl" was a new word in TtH too, notable because I had never heard it before and he used it like five times.

Good word, though.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 02:08 AM

And I'm pretty sure Kruppe said "plethora" every time he opened his mouth in TTH.


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:48 PM

If one more character "must needs" something i am going to start lobbing cussers.

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