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Cursing in Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades
« on: February 24, 2016, 04:00:07 AM »

I started reading Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades, the sequel to last year's City of Stairs, which had a fairly uneventful start but turned into a fantastic read by the end. For the second time in my life, I find myself wishing that the cursing was toned down in a book. The first time went to Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies, which noticed how popular the irreverent cursing of the first book was and decided to crank it up to eleven--ruining the main character for me in the process. City of Blades isn't quite as bad as that, but the frequent cursing and where those curse words are inserted makes for awkward sentences.
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Re: Cursing in Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2016, 08:07:04 PM »

Taking Stephen King's characters in Dark Tower as a reference, was there more or less cursing in City of Blades?
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Re: Cursing in Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2016, 08:26:48 AM »

I have never read Dark Tower. In fact, I have read very little of Stephen King because I've found what work of his I read rather vulgar due to the swearing and sexual aspects. The Regulators, written under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, is a good example. The problem with City of Blades (which I haven't finished because reasons) is not the amount of cursing, but rather how poorly it fits into the dialogue. It feels as though the cursing was an afterthought, included at random sometime later because someone thought that a military character should curse more.
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Re: Cursing in Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2016, 02:36:21 PM »

In turn I've never read the Regulators, James, but I think we can safely assume that the cussing level is equal. Same writer after all.

Can you give an example what you consider a poor fit in the dialogue for my better understanding? :)
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