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Old 11-19-2007, 06:45 AM   #46
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Eddings was a favourite author when I was much younger.

The belgariad and it's prequels are still readable. The Mallorian was more than annoying as it's so repetative of the Belgariad.

Roa is just plain awful.

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Old 11-19-2007, 09:58 AM   #47
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:47 AM   #48
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if writers really knew the meaning of their words they'd teach

most teachers can't write so they're safe
Well you know that saying "Those that can't..."
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:48 PM   #49
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I only wish I was able to find the first three books of the Belgariad series in electronic format. Oddly enough books 4 and 5 are available as mobipocket, books 1-3 I cannot find. Even more confusing I find the fact that Randomhouse (who sell the complete series as paperback), has books 4 and 5 available as one ebook, but not books 1-3.

If anybody can push me into the right direction; maybe I just missed some ebook sller that has books 1-3
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:12 PM   #50
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No, that's all that's available right now. According to Fictionwise, the first 3 books are due to be released as eBooks in the new year.
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No, that's all that's available right now. According to Fictionwise, the first 3 books are due to be released as eBooks in the new year.
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What does vice charge in the following sentence mean?

From my records, it seems Mr. X is being held on a putative Y County vice charge.
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:34 AM   #53
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What does vice charge in the following sentence mean?

From my records, it seems Mr. X is being held on a putative Y County vice charge.
It is ambiguous.
It also seems that Y County is only putatively a county: maybe it is only a village with pretensions.
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What does vice charge in the following sentence mean?

From my records, it seems Mr. X is being held on a putative Y County vice charge.
Mr X is being held on a morals* charge that was alleged to have occurred in Y county.

*Gambling, drugs, prostitution, molestation, etc.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:18 PM   #56
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Actually, this sentence makes very little sense.
The word 'putative' has no clear scope to operate, leaving a meaningless sentence.

It cannot refer to the county: either Y is a county or it is not - there's nothing putative about its status.
And either actual criminal charges have been pressed or they have not. It makes no sense to speak of a putative charge.
Presumably the author intended to convey the idea of an alleged offence but has managed to get his grammar and his ideas confused.
Would you mind saying where the sentence is from? I would like to use it to illustrate a lecture on scope ambiguity and lexical ambiguity.
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It is the same Black Man/Thirteen book.

The original looks like that (I hope it not a crime to type 2 sentences from a book here ):
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"From my records, it seems Mr. Marsalis is being held on a putative Dade County vice charge. And hasn't even been formally arraigned yet."
I was curious what does vice charge mean. Is it a legal term or has any other meaning. I mean what type of charges is vice charges. I think, Mogui interpreted it correctly.

I think in this contest putative refers to vice charges. However, your explanation about why it cannot refer to county is very interesting (Mine is intuitive, yours is sort of professional analysis). Although, Dade County doesn't exist as far as I understand so it could be that Mr. M is being held on imagined moral charges pressed on him by equally imagined county.

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There is a Dade county, just south of Broward county Ft. Lauderdale. I think Miami could be in Dade county. I lived there in another life.
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There is a Dade county, just south of Broward county Ft. Lauderdale. I think Miami could be in Dade county. I lived there in another life.
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The term "vice" is used frequently on US TV, where big city police departments have departments dedicated to the eradication of vice. Since two correspondents above are from the UK, it would seem the term "vice" is not a part of their culture. True?
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