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ROBIN HOOD, a novelization by David B. CoeSo, Robin Hood has been out for about a week now, and the first indications are that the book is doing well and satisfying readers.  Unfortunately, we've also had a couple of small editing errors brought to our attention.  These are detailed on my web site, but briefly:

On pages 85 and 88, please disregard the mentions of Godfrey.  At this stage of the book, Robin should have no idea of who the man is.  These mentions are artifacts of an older version of the script and book.  They should have been removed in our frenzied editing process, along with all the other early mentions.  These two, it seems fell through the cracks....

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hedwig_snowy
May. 4th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I just have to use the allowance my wife gives me on something else then! ;) (Will wait til the 1st edition sells out...or maybe get the paperback...no books I've ever bought have ever had...errors!) :-)

Ever write on the other blog about fan fiction? Someone on LJ linked to a, well, rant by Diana Galbadon about fan fic:

http://voyagesoftheartemis.blogspot.com/2010/05/fan-fiction-and-moral-conundrums.html
davidbcoe
May. 4th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, there is no hardcover. It's out as an original mass market paperback. Most novelizations tend to be published this way. And there's no guarantee that there will be a second printing. And finally, if you own any of my books in any edition, then you have books with errors.... :)

We haven't touched on fanfic at MW. Not sure what I'd have to say about it, but maybe one of the others will post about it at some point. Thanks for the link.
cedunkley
May. 4th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Well, since I already bought a copy this weekend I'll have to remember to refer back to this when I reach those pages.

One thing to note: When I got home and opened the paperback up to check it out the binder cracked right open. A few of the pages are barely hanging on.

Hopefully I managed to pick out the only faulty one and a bad batch didn't get shipped out.

The read should prove interesting. This is only the 2nd screen play converted to book I've purchased (well the 3rd, but the 2nd (Constantine) didn't count as the book actually came with the DVD in a special edition release. The first Star Wars was the only one. Quite a long stretch between.

Hopefully sales are strong and it leads to people heading over to the Science Fiction/Fantasy section for more of your books.

davidbcoe
May. 4th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I'm sorry to hear that, CE. This is one of the reasons paperback sales are hurting these days. The product isn't as well made as it used to be and it's MUCH more expensive. Expensive enough that many people say, "Screw it, I'll spend the extra money and get a hardcover (where there is a HC version)." Anyway, my apologies. Do you want me to send you a new copy?
cedunkley
May. 4th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
No need to send me a copy, though the offer is deeply appreciated.
syntinen_laulu
May. 14th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I just came across it in my local supermarket. You might add to the corrections on your website that there is no possible habitat which is suitable for coneys and quails and grouse and pheasant, so it would be utterly impossible for Robin to shoot some of each in a single day's hunting (even if grouse had lived wild in Western France, which they don't, and even if pheasant had been a common bird in 13th-century France rather than an exotic import). Also that in France there were no gypsies till the 15th century, and "wandering bands of Moors" never.

I must admit that coming across those bloopers on the first couple of pages discouraged me from buying it!

BTW, where were you locating Broceliande? There are several contenders.
davidbcoe
May. 14th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
There are two species of European grouse that historical occurred throughout the continent and would definitely have been found in Western France 700 years ago. The Grizzly Bear doesn't occur in NY, but it used to; assigning today's bird ranges to thirteenth century habitats doesn't really work. Man-made changes in the landscape have had a huge impact on species distribution. The Common Quail summered in Europe (and still does) and would have been found in cultivated lands fronting a forest like Broceliande. And the common pheasant would have as well. It was native to Russia, but was introduced to the rest of the continent and to England as early as the 10th Century. Populations were well established 300 years later, and even if they weren't everywhere, it's not a stretch to believe that they could have been found near the castle of a wealthy French noble -- just the sort who would have brought them in for hunting. And, of course, coneys were common. So I would strongly disagree with you: Robin's catch at the beginning of the book was in fact possible, assuming that he and he friends hunted not just the deep forest, but also the fringes. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I've been birdwatching since I was 7 years old -- that's 40 years. I have a Ph.D. in environmental history. I don't put stuff in my books because it sounds cool. I do my research and I draw upon years of knowledge and experience.

As for the Gypsies and Moors -- they followed the Crusading army. And those were elements that were in the script. I had no choice but to include them. If you have a complaint about those elements of the scene you should get in touch with Universal/NBC. The script also specified that this was Broceliande Forest so I put it where they told me to: in northern France.
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