Note that this is mostly to make myself feel better, and as though reading that book weren’t a total waste of my time. This post was an exercise in reverse-engineering a sloppily-written book to try to learn something. And also, to vent my spleen about the sloppiness.
please also note that this post contains explicit spoilers for the book, but I don't recommend you read it anyway, so....
More and more now, when I read commercial / published literature, I think to myself, god, can’t these people find a good beta reader?
Seriously, we have a good thing going here, folks, if we want to take advantage of it. you can *find* people not only to edit in the typo-catching sense, but someone to tell you what’s believable, what reads poorly, and where you need a reality check. That is *valuable*.
Dude, Cormac McCarthy needs this kind of beta-reader, stat. or at least someone who’s not an ass-kisser. But I guess when you’re a recluse, that kind of thing is hard to come by.