John Ringo's Vorpal Blade

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by TheKildar, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. TheKildar

    TheKildar New Member

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    This is the last series of his that i have not read
    Read the first one "Into the Looking Glass" -excellent book
    I am about half way through "Vorpal Blade" and noticed that the "f***" word has been replaced with "grapp, gappling, ect ect" and the "S***" word has been replaced with "Maulk"

    At first i thought it was mil. lingo, but then the cuss words that usually riddles his book (not a bad thing) are missing, leading me to believe that he has replaced all the cuss words, which kinda makes me sad, it just adds a certain flare that might not be other people's thing but i enjoy it

    Sorry about the rambling, does anyone know if this was just what he wanted to do, or did he recieve complaints, cause im pretty sure he doesn't care
     
  2. Hobbit

    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    To be honest kildar, I'm not sure complaints would cause such a change. Writers write what they want to write, and issues such as that would normally be picked up by the editor/publisher before it was published.

    Sometimes writers do it for effect, and your own phrases can sometimes convey your point so much easier than using a more traditional expletive: look at the way Battlestar Galactica's phrase 'Frak' has been accepted, for example.

    The general advice though is that such changes are to be used with caution: Damon Knight coined a phrase for it: 'Call a rabbit a smerp' mentioned HERE.

    Mark / Hobbit
     
  3. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    Yes he wanted to use those words to keep the books rated non-X as opposed to the Kildar books, and yes people complained... In later books they are somewhat changed and it grates less on the ear The idea is that Vorpal Blade and the later books are the modern analog of Heinlein YA action sf, so they should be read by 14 year olds too, hence the non-X part...

    Anyway I've just read book 4 Claws that Catch a week or so ago and it's still big time fun. Read Manxhome Home after Vorpal Blade and then this one, they are zany fun, zanier than Vorpal Blade...
     
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  4. Ouroboros

    Ouroboros Give me liberty!

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    This very topic has been addressed by Ringo on his website, so here's the man himself answering a fan's query-

     
  5. TheKildar

    TheKildar New Member

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    Thanks a lot guys that answers my question, and thanks a lot boros i looked on his site but i guess i missed it