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11th Apr '16 7:47:01 PM StarSword
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** ''With the Lightnings'', the first ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel, has a review quotation from ''Publishers Weekly'' on its front cover reading, "This surely shouldn't--and probably won't--be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together." There is no such character as "Cassian"; they probably meant to refer to [[TheCaptain Daniel Leary]] and got confused somehow.
** Daniel Leary's name in the first draft was Cassian Daniels; the reviewer simply read the prepublished version.

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** ''With the Lightnings'', the first ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel, has a review quotation from ''Publishers Weekly'' on its front cover reading, "This surely shouldn't--and probably won't--be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together." There is no such character as "Cassian"; they probably meant to refer to [[TheCaptain Daniel Leary]] and got confused somehow.
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"Cassian" in the novel; it seems the reviewer read an early draft where Daniel Leary's name in the first draft was Cassian Daniels; the reviewer simply read the prepublished version.Daniels and didn't proofread his review properly.
9th Mar '16 6:30:42 PM JenBurdoo
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** Daniel Leary's name in the first draft was Cassian Daniels; the reviewer simply read the prepublished version.
8th Mar '16 1:03:18 PM Makhno
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* This happened a lot in the blurbs of the House of Stratus reprints of Creator/RafaelSabatini 's novels. E.g.:
** TheGatesOfDoom: The blurb makes Pauncefort sound like an antiheroic protagonist, with Captain Gaynor as a mysterious friend he might not be able to trust. In fact, Gaynor is the hero, they haven't met before the story begins, and Pauncefort quickly turns out a villain.
** TheSwordOfIslam: The blurb makes Andrea Doria sound like the hero. He's a fairly minor character.
** TheTavernKnight: After quoting an opening line which makes the hero sound pretty villainous, the blurb writer remarkably avoids this trap by basically saying nothing at all... but still manages to call him "the Tavern ''King''", despite "Knight" being right there in both the title ''and the quote used at the beginning of the blurb''. (They do also say that "remarkably for Sabatini" the book is based on English history. Although he did set a lot of novels in France and Italy, Sabatini wrote plenty about England as well, including some of his most famous works.)
2nd Mar '16 8:19:32 PM Kid
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** The guys over at [[http://www.exposingsatanism.org/harrypotter2.htm Exposing Satanism]]. According to them, Voldemort is God(wait, they claim to be Christians, yet they seriously think GodIsEvil?), Harry is the Antichrist, Voldemort raped Ginny...

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** The guys over at [[http://www.exposingsatanism.org/harrypotter2.htm Exposing Satanism]]. According to them, Voldemort is God(wait, God (wait, they claim to be Christians, yet they seriously think GodIsEvil?), Harry is the Antichrist, Voldemort raped Ginny...
28th Feb '16 5:19:23 PM StarSword
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** Early in Drake's career, some early ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ reviewed unfavorably by a critic named Charles Platt]] who claimed that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written "such queasy voyeurism". Drake happens to have served in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} as a US Army interrogator attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry, an experience that heavily influenced the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' series. He [[TakeThatCritics retaliated]] with a RunningGag where a reprehensible character named Platt will appear and die horribly.

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** Early in Drake's career, some early ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ reviewed unfavorably by a critic named Charles Platt]] who claimed that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written "such queasy voyeurism". Drake happens to have served in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} as a US Army interrogator attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry, an experience that heavily influenced the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' series. He [[TakeThatCritics retaliated]] with a RunningGag where a reprehensible character named Platt will appear in most works and die horribly.
28th Feb '16 5:18:22 PM StarSword
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* ''With the Lightnings'', the first ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel by Creator/DavidDrake, has a review quotation from ''Publishers Weekly'' on its front cover reading, "This surely shouldn't--and probably won't--be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together." There is no such character as "Cassian"; they probably meant to refer to [[TheCaptain Daniel Leary]] and got confused somehow.

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** Early in Drake's career, some early ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ reviewed unfavorably by a critic named Charles Platt]] who claimed that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written "such queasy voyeurism". Drake happens to have served in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} as a US Army interrogator attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry, an experience that heavily influenced the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' series. He [[TakeThatCritics retaliated]] with a RunningGag where a reprehensible character named Platt will appear and die horribly.
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''With the Lightnings'', the first ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel by Creator/DavidDrake, novel, has a review quotation from ''Publishers Weekly'' on its front cover reading, "This surely shouldn't--and probably won't--be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together." There is no such character as "Cassian"; they probably meant to refer to [[TheCaptain Daniel Leary]] and got confused somehow.
26th Feb '16 4:27:59 PM StarSword
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* ''With the Lightnings'', the first ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel by Creator/DavidDrake, has a review quotation from ''Publishers Weekly'' on its front cover reading, "This surely shouldn't--and probably won't--be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together." There is no such character as "Cassian"; they probably meant to refer to [[TheCaptain Daniel Leary]] and got confused somehow.
24th Feb '16 11:20:41 PM saintonge
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** British SF paperbacks are not alone in this. The first paperback edition of Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'' had a back-cover makes it sound like a soft-core porn novel. About the only think accurate in the blurb was the spelling of the heroine's name.
** Similarly, there was a paperback edition of Creator/OlofStapledon's sf novel ''Literature/OddJohn'' that made it look and sound like hard-core porn, complete with a cowering naked woman on the cover. In this case, the blurb writer's copy did at least have a thin basis in fact, as the novel contains some passing mentions of sexual activity, and the mentions are the basis of the blurb. But the blurb manages to make it sound like the novel is about sex and only sex.
24th Feb '16 11:01:03 PM saintonge
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* Some reviewers of the first {{Literature/Flashman}} book took it for an actual memoir, perhaps because the author ''was'' an actual historian and added copious endnotes.
* This sort of thing can cause a BIG and obvious discrepancy between the content of a book and the illustration chosen for its cover. Either the illustrator hasn't been able to read the book, or the notes they are working from are inaccurate, or the content of the book has changed in between the original commission and the illustrator's getting to grips with the job.

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* Some reviewers of the first {{Literature/Flashman}} ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' book took it for an actual memoir, perhaps because the author ''was'' an actual historian and added copious endnotes.
** However, it must be noted that in addition to the endnotes, ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'', the opening of the novel makes it clear that the title character is "Flashman, the school bully" from the rather well-known British novel ''Literature/{{Tom Browns School Days}}''. So perhaps the reviewers in question just failed to pay attention.
* This sort of thing can cause a BIG and obvious discrepancy between the content of a book and the illustration chosen for its cover. Either the illustrator hasn't been able to read the book, or the notes they are working from are inaccurate, or the content of the book has changed in between the original commission and the illustrator's getting to grips with the job. (Or possibly the publisher decided that a deliberately inaccurate cover would sell better, and made sure that's what the artist drew.)
24th Feb '16 10:47:19 PM saintonge
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* Creator/DeanKoontz wrote about a review of his novel ''Literature/{{Midnight}}'' thusly:\\
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“After MIDNIGHT became the first of my novels to reach number one on the national bestseller lists, a critic in a prominent publication wrote that I was an overnight success and had been sold with 'a massive and slick ad campaign' to a gullible public whose 'lips move as they read his tedious novels about vampires in modern dress.' MIDNIGHT isn’t a vampire novel. Vampires do not appear in any of my novels. I have never written about a vampire in either modern or antique dress, nor in pajamas, for that matter. The vague and yet error-riddled details in the review made it clear that this man had not even skim-read the book. I killed him.”\\
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Koontz had published his first novel, ''Literature/StarQuest,'' in 1968, and started hitting the bestseller lists in paperback in 1977, when his novel ''Literature/DemonSeed'' was rereleased simultaneously with the film version. His 1979 novel Literature/TheKeyToMidnight was his first best-seller without a movie tie-in, and ''Midnight'' was at least his fifty-seventh (57th) published novel, released twenty one years after his first (as Koontz also wrote under pen names in the 1970s, his pre-''Midnight'' total may have been more than fifty-six).\\
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Otherwise, the reviewer was spot on.
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