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Lack of research by authors

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Offline SJ_Parkinson Reading Mountain Man - Keith C. Blackmore
22 Jun 2012, 03:40 PM | Post: #31

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RE: Lack of research by authors

(20 Jun 2012 01:52 PM)TresaC Wrote:  Yes Wolfme, there are somethings that get so ingrained in our psyche that we cannot accept they might be wrong! Smile
I just read Bernard Cornwell's The Fort. Discovering the hero of the US revolution, Paul Revere was court martialled for "disobedience of orders" and "neglect of Duty" was an eye-opener. It certainly runs counter to his myth.

I personally hate reading a story and coming across something completely wrong. Invariably, I stop reading at that point. My Legionnaire novels are set in real life and I do a lot of research to make them appealing. I even include an afterword to clarify any fudging of the facts.

My science fiction novels are also based in scientific reality, just nudged a little bit into the future. Michael Crichton is one of my writing inspirations for just that reason.
Offline lyndawrites Reading The Twopenny-Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
22 Jun 2012, 04:08 PM | Post: #32

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RE: Lack of research by authors

I am currently reading a children's book by an American author. So far he has said that a BMW is a British motorcar and a character was awarded his Cambridge University degree in London.

I'm making allowances because, according to the product description, the author is only 18 years old and wrote the book when he was 17. Google's not that new, though, and he could easily have checked his facts.
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