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4th Dec '16 11:46:05 AM nombretomado
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* A popular history book described ''ConanTheBarbarian'' as being the work of Creator/JRRTolkien. Um...''no'', although Tolkien once mentioned he 'rather liked' the ''Conan'' stories.

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* A popular history book described ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' as being the work of Creator/JRRTolkien. Um...''no'', although Tolkien once mentioned he 'rather liked' the ''Conan'' stories.
1st Nov '16 5:22:18 AM bwburke94
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* The first three ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' novels were reviewed in ''SFX'' magazine by a reviewer who didn't seem to be much of a fan of the series and was inclined to give the book short shrift. In particular he dismissed ''Border Princes'' by complaining there seemed to be no reason to add a new character to the team, and that he wasn't being treated as a newbie, which made the chronology impossible. Either the reviewer stopped reading halfway, or didn't really understand the end, because [[spoiler: the fact everyone thinks this character has been part of the team all along is the entire point, having a broadly similar plot to the later episode "Adam".]]

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* The first three ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' spinoff novels were reviewed in ''SFX'' magazine by a reviewer who didn't seem to be much of a fan of the series and was inclined to give the book short shrift. In particular particular, he dismissed ''Border Princes'' by complaining there seemed to be no reason to add a new character to the team, and that he wasn't being treated as a newbie, which made the chronology impossible. Either the reviewer stopped reading halfway, or didn't really understand the end, because [[spoiler: where the fact everyone thinks this new character has been part of the team all along is the entire point, having a broadly similar plot to the later episode "Adam".]]was explained away with {{fake memories}}.
27th Aug '16 3:45:44 PM DaibhidC
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** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.

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** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny (well, technically a governess) and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.one. What's baffling about this is that the mistakes look like ones made by someone who only read the cover blurb - but they get things ''right'' that aren't in the blurb (it doesn't mention the Auditors, for example).
27th Aug '16 3:36:20 PM DaibhidC
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** 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.

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** Similarly, there was a paperback edition of Creator/OlofStapledon's Creator/OlafStapledon'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.
27th Aug '16 3:33:05 PM DaibhidC
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** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.



** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.
27th Aug '16 3:31:50 PM DaibhidC
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** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.



** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.
27th Aug '16 3:31:18 PM DaibhidC
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** Marvel at the Worcestershire Library Service's [[http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/items/629079 summary]] of ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'': "The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, who replace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting the Unseen University wizards and their monster-bashing nanny to launch a rescue plan." Parts of it are partly correct; the most notable error is that the sycthe-bearing replacement is not a demon and is ''also'' trying to [[SavingChristmas save Hogswatch]] from the Auditors. Also, while Susan is a nanny and working with the wizards, she's not "their" nanny, although she'd probably be the first to say they need one.
1st Aug '16 6:28:27 PM PaulA
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* The 1998 sf textbook ''Decades of Science Fiction'' says "[[MarionZimmerBradley Bradley's]] husband, Leigh Brackett, wrote ''The Literature/{{Darkover}} [[UniverseConcordance Concordance]]: A Reader's Guide'' (1979) to help sort out the complexities of the series." Creator/LeighBrackett was a woman sf author who died in 1978. Bradley's husband and the author of the ''Concordance'' was Walter H. Breen.

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* The 1998 sf textbook ''Decades of Science Fiction'' says "[[MarionZimmerBradley "[[Creator/MarionZimmerBradley Bradley's]] husband, Leigh Brackett, wrote ''The Literature/{{Darkover}} [[UniverseConcordance Concordance]]: A Reader's Guide'' (1979) to help sort out the complexities of the series." Creator/LeighBrackett was a woman sf author who died in 1978. Bradley's husband and the author of the ''Concordance'' was Walter H. Breen.
30th Jul '16 5:50:17 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry points this out brilliantly in his book ''Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)'' with the page quote and this one as well:

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry points this out brilliantly in his book ''Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)'' with the page quote and this one as well:
27th Jul '16 10:21:36 AM DaibhidC
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* The first three ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' novels were reviewed in ''SFX'' magazine by a reviewer who didn't seem to be much of a fan of the series and was inclined to give the book short shrift. In particular he dismissed ''Border Princes'' by complaining there seemed to be no reason to add a new character to the team, and that he wasn't being treated as a newbie, which made the chronology impossible. Either the reviewer stopped reading halfway, or didn't really understand the end, because [[spoiler: the fact everyone thinks this character has been part of the team all along is the entire point, having a broadly similar plot to the later episode "Adam".]]
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