Random House Disappoints in Cronin’s “The Twelve”

What is happening in the publishing world?? I have complained many times about the lack of proofreading done by self-published authors (yep, I’m guilty too!), but for a MAJOR publishing house like Random House to put out a novel with glaring errors is unforgivable!

“The Twelve” by Justin Cronin is a book published by Random House. Mr. Cronin is happily on a USA book tour as we speak. I just saw him on CBS Morning News yesterday. The man has hit the big time – with a big publishing house. Every writer’s dream, huh? If I were him, I’d be firing Random House and looking for a new publisher.

Reading this novel (and I love Justin Cronin) was painful because of the grammatical errors. Perhaps it is just the Kindle version?

Consider this example – “The man swept her hair into his fist and yanked it taught.”

Seriously? I am considering giving up reading new novels forever. It seems that even the ‘big’ publishers have become lazy about proofreading. This version has far too many of these errors. I am depressed that I paid $13.99 to Random House for such a poorly edited novel. Sad state of the world today…

I think I will return to Faulkner, Steinbeck, and egads….Shakespeare…..

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews, Rants and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s