They’ll move mountains for you

Never let the Resident IT Consultant read a book! Whereas he might like it (‘it was all right, I suppose’), he’s bound to find some fault or other.

A couple of recently read books – excellent books – contained some funny geography. And if it’s funny Scottish geography, he will definitely notice and object.

In this case the mountains were in the wrong place. One author had managed to make the distance between X and Y all wrong. For it to work, this particular bit of Scotland would need stretching. Or squishing. (I forget which way it went.)

And then he went and complained about the Cairngorms being too far west. I mean, it doesn’t matter! Much…

I’ve lost count of the times he comes and waves a book at me and says ‘is it too late to point out that xyz?’ As if I knew. If it’s a proof I suppose technically you can mention it, and let the publisher ignore you. But once it’s a glorious hardback; what can you do?

Except not let him read.

4 responses to “They’ll move mountains for you

  1. Maybe he could read them in manuscript form. Then there would be some hope.

  2. I’m with him — unless it’s alternate history or magic realism realist novels shouldn’t include anything that jars with one’s perceptions of the everyday world and what is likely. It’s about how far one’s willing to suspend disbelief.

  3. He did once, Seana, and he had the nerve to complain about the length of the flight across half the globe, as one character travelled. 500 miles, or 5000 is much the same thing…
    Calmgrove, it’s probably mostly that if you live in Notting Hill, say, and it ends up in the East End in someone’s book, you will object a bit. If you’re from Patagonia, you might only think ‘London’ and either not notice or mind.
    After all, had the 11-year-old witch written a book set in London’s East End, it would have been south of the river. I was misinformed early on, and it took a while to sort my head out when I found it wasn’t.

  4. This is why I like to write about imaginary locations that are based on real places but don’t actually exist. 🙂

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