Mark Schultz: The Life of an Expert Proofreader

Mark Schultz: The Life of an Expert Proofreader

We all know that authors get all the love and fame for the books they publish, but the reality is that they couldn’t possibly reach the heights they do without some considerable help from behind the scenes. Indeed, just writing the book itself is only a part of the battle as it needs to be proofread, refined and edited time and time again before it can become something suitable for the market.

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“Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy by Cixin Liu – Is the Galaxy Big Enough for the Two of Us?

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Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

Short Summary

Cixin Liu‘s marvellous science-fiction works have been kept from the West for far too long, but thanks to some brilliant translating we can now enjoy the groundbreaking Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy that takes us on a hardcore science-fiction journey set against the backdrop of China’s cultural revolution as alien invaders on the brink of destruction themselves come to Earth, seeing it as their chance to start all over again. As was always the case though, humankind stands divided on the whole issue and those who can save it are regrettably few and far in-between.

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“City of Echoes” by Robert Ellis – The Elite’s Ritual

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Short Summary

Robert Ellis takes us deep into the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles as he presents us with detective Matt Jones who unravels a web of intrigue, blood, deception and corruption starting from the bullet-ridden body of a man shot in what seems like the work of a serial robber. But as we all know looks can be more than deceiving, and in a city where money flows faster than any river the rich and powerful will always find a way to stay in the shadows as their pawns fall one by one. Matt Jones is cut from a different cloth though, and may be the one man to fear for those who deem themselves untouchable.

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“I Shot the Buddha” by Colin Cotterill – Guide the Monk to Truth and Safety

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Short Summary

Colin Cotterill plunges us deep in the environment he knows best, following the adventures of Dr. Siri Paiboun once again as he races across Laos to find a Buddhist monk who suddenly vanished. As it turns out, that monk went to help a friend cross the Mekhong River into Thailand in order to escape the prosecution and oppression threatening his life. Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned and the task is severely complicated by everything life can throw at them, including some famous spiritualists, the deadly Laotian special forces, and a terribly-misguided criminal who never knew any better.

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“Moonglow” by Michael Chabon – An Unlikely Life in Extraordinary Times

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Short Summary

Writers often make their best works when life pushes them to by exigent circumstances, and Michael Chabon was powerfully moved by the many touching stories his grandfather revealed to him on his deathbed, so much that it inspired him to novelize his life story. Which parts of the story are reality and fiction? Perhaps we’ll never know, but that one vagueness opens the doors for us to witness a life as extraordinary and absurd as it is ultimately believable, one that can teach us a whole lot more than most factual biographies could ever hope to.

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“Conclave” by Robert Harris – The Holy Election Behind Closed Doors

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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Short Summary

Robert Harris takes us behind closed doors into the secretive world of the Church as we follow the thrilling proceedings of 118 cardinals who must elect a new pope after the last one’s death, all while being completely sequestered from the outside world. However, the minds of men are easily distracted and corrupted by other worldly pursuits, and this most holy election turns more and more into a contest of cunning and intelligence. These men of God are, after all, nothing but men, and while the allure of power may drive a few to self-discovery and enlightenment, there are many who become dangerously corrupted by it.

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“Red Rising Trilogy” by Pierce Brown – Ascend from Ignorance into the Light

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Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

Short Summary

Pierce Brown has turned the heads of science-fiction fans all around the world with his Red Rising trilogy, following Darrow, a man of the lowest caste who spent his entire life making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. One day, he discovers they were all lied to and the elite have been keeping them in the dark underground for generations.

Join him as he races across three interconnected stories in hopes of infiltrating the ranks of that nefarious elite and bring to life the great revolution that will free his people from the shackles they’ve worn for too many years and help them see the light.

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“Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco – The Plan that Never Was

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

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Umberto Eco has demonstrated many times over the course of his illustrious career the ability to concoct complex and engaging stories centred on unique and imaginative topics. In Fouctault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco introduces us to a trio of Milanese book editors working for a small publishing firm, who concoct a vast conspiracy stretching from ancient times to the modern era out of sheer boredom, only to realize there might be more truth to it than anticipated.

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