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Druan Episode 1 - Dawn
by Mark Robson

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Kindle Edition published 2016-10-19
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Darkness consumed the world for centuries, under thick black clouds that blocked the sun. Without light, the plants withered and died, and the animals starved. Few survived in this wasteland of night. With a final, desperate effort, the shamans gathered together to form a great chant. They gave their lives to open the clouds and let sunlight shine back on the world.

When the scattered remnants of humanity step from the dark, with nothing but their wits and the waning power of an old shaman to protect them, they are faced with a cracked, lifeless desert. Led by a child, guided by the spirits, their deeds will become myth.

To survive, they must train a new generation of shamans to face the coming dangers. Thirteen students to guide the people into a new age. And, of those students, two young sisters will grow to stand at the heart of a legend.

Start Druan today with Episode 1. Each episode is written as a short story, to ...

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I second reporting it via the book page.

Thanks to Atunah for that little tip about reporting directly from the kindle -- I wasn't aware. I guess that's because I don't often come across books that are that bad any more.

I also agree with returning it for a refund even if it's been more than 7 days. Amazon is very good about that as they want their customers to be happy.

I admit I'm not inclined to send the author a personal note. If the errors are bad enough that the book is unreadable -- as in little regard for accepted rules of grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling -- I consider that the mark of an author/publisher who didn't care enough before publishing and probably still won't care if I tell them. But telling Amazon: book might come down so no one else gets suckered.

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In my case, that's exactly why I do it. If we're going to be forced to include something that as you say no one's going to use anyway, why not try to make it as attractive as possible. :)

And I get that . . . . but it seems to me that you're going to confuse people who do want to use the linked ToC and think it's NOT linked because it's not underlined. Not sure it's worth the extra trouble. But, then, I don't think the underlines are an aesthetic negative, either. ;)

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Just get rid of the links! Absent the underlining or the color, they won't serve any purpose, because most people won't know to click on them.
Am I missing something? What is the point of a contents page that doesn't have links? To most people these days, underlined = hyperlink, so if you remove the underline, they won't know there's a hyperlink, which defeats the purpose of the contents page, doesn't it?

This and This.

For what it's worth, as a reader, I feel like you're working really really hard to solve a problem that doesn't exist for most readers. If it's just a matter of aesthetics, that's fine. But I don't think most readers use the contents as a navigation tool and may not even know that it can be. Those that Do use it that way, will expect to see the underlines that indicate hyperlinks and might complain if they don't as they'll assume that, in fact, there are none.

I just checked a couple of books and, sure enough, the contents page is hyperlinked! :o Chapter titles are underlined and, if I'm on the contents page I can tap to go directly to a given chapter. I've been reading on Kindle since 2008 and have had my Voyage for well over a year . . . . this is the first time I consciously realized it worked like that or tried it.

Here's the thing: I mostly read fiction. With fiction you begin at the beginning, read to the end and then stop. You don't generally jump around between chapters and read things out of order! At least, I don't. ;) On the occasions where I've wanted to go back to double check something from an earlier chapter, I use the kindle feature that let me flip pages, or use 'go to' to take me directly to a chapter. I'm not going to 'go to' the contents page first; why make it more steps than needed?

That said . . . if the chapter titles had not had underlines, I'd never even have though of jumping to a chapter that way. I'd have assumed it was just a list and not hyperlinked. And, in fact, I'd never even checked before. When I first read this I was pretty sure there were no hyperlinks on most books I have, 'cause I didn't recall seeing underlines, and was surprised when they were there. :o

Still, I'm not going to navigate the book using them, not even a non-fiction book. I assume they're there because it's needed so that the kindle navigation features work properly. That's what I care about. In general, I open a book, go to the cover, and page through from there. If it's non-fiction and I want to go to a particular section, the 'go to' or 'page flip' features of the kindle let me do that quickly and easily. I only notice the contents page(s) as a guide to how many chapters there are. And I know a lot of people don't even do that with fiction: a new book opens at the first chapter and that's where they start -- they don't go back so they'd never even see the contents list. At MOST they'd use the 'go to' feature to see if there's something in the front matter they want to read.

So, again. I think you're working hard to solve a problem that isn't really a problem. :)

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The Book Corner / MOVED: Book Blocked on KDP
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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: Yesterday at 04:17:55 AM »
gdae, are you still having issues?

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Cairo Jim in Search of Martenarten
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I think non fiction authors trend to gravitate towards their own forums. I write psychology, astrology and meditation non fiction, sells well but never find any threads worth contributing to outside their own field of interest. I admin forums on these subjects but wouldn't bother in mainstream, I'm just not interested in arguments with skeptics - it just gets boring after a while.

I'd be interested in discussions of promoting non fiction, marketing and promoting is much the same for both but there are differences worth exploring.

As ellenoc notes, this section isn't the appropriate place for the discussion you are looking for . . . definitely start a thread in the Writer's Cafe. I think there are already some, even.

Here in the Book Corner, while authors are, of course, welcome, the discussion is meant to be from the reader's point of view. As noted, most of us mostly seem to read fiction, but there are a bunch of us who read a fair amount of non-fiction as well -- covering all sorts of topics. But whether a general thread, or one more narrowly focused will get more traction, it's hard to say. Only way to find out: someone should start one.

I'll note we do periodically have someone start a thread about some specific book they've read -- which is a great way for others to get recommendations. But unless one has also read the book, it's kind of hard to discuss. :)

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The Book Bazaar / Re: ROAM release
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The Book Bazaar / Re: Monster Book of Jokes
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:24:45 AM »

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:22:44 AM »
I, too, bought the Thompson ages ago -- back in 2009 . . . . I just re-sent it to my kindle to see what I can see (I read it a while back, too).

The thumbnail in b&w doesn't show much, but appears to be the cover shown in Atunah's post. When I 'go to cover' it's as ellenoc says -- basically a title page; no image.

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Depends on how fast I'm typing. And if I can be bothered fixing them. Half the time here I dont notice them at all. Or really care, although that's changed in the last year.

Its one of the things I pay attention to in editing. But there are a few blind spots I have, so a few get through which are not supposed to be there, and the odd one gets missed.

I rely on Word a lot to point them out to me, but it's not always reliable.

It is my weakest area, but at least I know that.

And that's o.k. with informal writing such as posts on these boards . . . . we're not really picking on you -- think of it as friendly teasing from big sisters. ;)

But, for sure, you want to fix that sort of "oops" in something held out for sale. :)

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I look at the comma as a pause. If you say something out loud, and then write it down, where you paused while you said it, is where you put the comma. A lot of the time, but not always, its immediately after an and or or.



From my perspective, that's not a universal rule.

For me, commas set off clauses. In your sentence above,* the comma between "it" and "is" is absolutely not needed -- it's between a subject and verb. And there's often not a need for a comma either before or after "and" and "or".

That said, the flip side of your thesis does work for me. When I read a sentence, I tend to think (or speak) a slight pause when there's a comma. But, no, it definitely doesn't work the other way round in all cases.

Commas aside -- as I know there are many schools of thought and the rules are a bit fungible -- I'm more concerned with incorrect usage or weird sentence construction. Too many commas will annoy me -- I find it exhausting to read. But that's not going to kick me out of the narrative as fast as some truly odd word choices or interchanged homonyms. I don't mind sentence fragments too much either. Unless it's ALL sentence fragments. ;)

Bottom line, for me: it's dead easy, nowadays, to find someone to help you get your book properly proofed and/or edited so these sorts of foolish mistakes get fixed before publication. Of course, a pristine manuscript from a technical point of view does NOT necessarily mean that the writing is going to appeal. But that's a separate issue. :)


*FWIW, I debated removing this comma -- but it clarifies that I don't mean "the sentence above the comma". ::)

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The Book Corner / Re: Do you think it's possible to talk nonfiction here?
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:04:11 AM »
Like Nog and Claw, I tend to read more fiction than non- .  There have been occasional threads about some specific book of non-fiction, but if it wasn't something I'd read, I didn't really participate.

Bottom line -- if you have a thread you want to start, have at it and see what happens. :)

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