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A little problem (or not)

hoarmurath - 7-13-2008 at 11:09 AM

Well, I have run into the first problem.

It's not writer's block, but something else.

In my book, I have lots of fictional terms and things so that people have said they are getting kind of confused.

So I am asking for your opinion.

Would it be lame if you came across a published fantasy/sci-fi book that had a lexicon of terms at the back? I have read a book like that once (Tad Williams' "War of the Flowers") and it was not very lame, but I am slightly leery about it.

I would not include it in the word count, of course, but I would like to hear other people's opinion and experience on this.

rebeldork - 7-13-2008 at 11:10 AM

I don't think it would that lame. You could always put it in for your benefit and then delete it if you decide it's not needed anymore.

chrisken - 7-13-2008 at 11:17 AM

Yes, glossaries and lexicons are cool, not lame. 8-) Especially in science fiction or fantasy.

purple_ink_pen - 7-13-2008 at 11:42 AM

Whether they're lame or not, they're in the back of the book, so you don't know until the end. Personally, Ithink it would be a better idea to make one. Later on, if your published doesn't think it's neccessary, you can take it out again faster than you could write one up.

(But personally, I vote with chrisken. Yay MiniDictionary!)

Pliny - 7-13-2008 at 11:57 AM

Well I can think of several that have them. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, JRR Tolkein's LOTR series has a MASSIVE amount of appendixes and stuff. Clive Barker's Abarat even has a small one dealing with the island's and a brief sum up of each one.

So no, I think it's perfectly fine. However, if the book gets so confusing that the reader has to turn to the back every few pages, then I would reevaluate what I was writing and see if I could simplify.

Vulpine_Wolf - 7-13-2008 at 12:04 PM

When I read Anne McCaffery she had some terms like that for the Dragon Rider of Pern books. A runnerbeast was actually a horse but it was never called one. The way the were shown you could guess what most of them were, in one chapter they had a character 'changing the glows' to like the room better, later on when someone was called a dull glow, the insult was clear to the reader.

She still had a glossary inside some of the books too. It was pretty cool cause she had some other information in there to, i can't remember it properly though since I haven't read them for years tho.

eventually she published a whole lexicon book on Pern. I would have bought it, but when I saw it I was skint >_<

Anyway what I'm trying to say is to put the glossary at the back, but put some extra background info stuff in it for people who don't really need it because they’ve already figured your terms out.

Daltanimal - 7-13-2008 at 07:49 PM

I love books with little doo-dahs in the back! Do it for sure XD

HumanoidCarbonUnit - 7-17-2008 at 08:49 PM

I have read some books that had new terms and I wished that the book had included something about what these things where.

I love reading the back too. I would say go for it.