This was supposed to be a recap and continuation of the "Butterflies in the Kremlin" series of stories from the Grantville Gazette anthologies, but it completely butchered the story. Major characters and plot threads were completely rewritten.
Oh, yes. I really enjoy most of the other novels and short stories in the series. I'm just extremely irritated with the way the effort to translate a good series of short stories into a novel was botched in this case.
Yes. Most of the time I enjoy Mr. Guidall's work. My only beef with him, and most other narrators, is when they mispronounce words or names in the narrative. It's distracting. Mr. Guidall's most serious transgression, in this respect, is Capt.(later Col.) Alexander MacKay's last name. "Kay" is pronounced with a long "a", not a long "I"! Every time I hit one of these, my mind stutters and I miss a couple of words. Then I have to think about what's going on and reacquire the thread of the narrative.
Not really. Usually, Mr. Flint is more careful about keeping his secondary authors on track with the overall story lines.
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