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Subject: What irks me most when reading lately...
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:44 PM ET
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When I can't pronounce the lead characters name!!  It really disrupts the flow of the book for me cause I keep thinking...am I saying his name right?  For example, the main character in a book I am reading is Eidolon.  What??

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 1:03 PM ET
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I know what you mean - I'm reading Stephanie Laurens' Devil's Bride - how in the world is the name Honoria pronounced? I was thinking like the word "honorarium" then realized I was using too many syllables, so then I figured like the word Honor without pronouncing the H, but accenting the middle syllable- "ah - NOR - ia"

Then the writer mentions how his mother pronounced it funny, without the H - which is how *I* was pronouncing it. So maybe I should say it like Horatia (hoe - RAE - sheea) with a hard pronounced H but I just can't.

hoe - NOE - reea? hoe - noe - REE- a? hah-NOE-reea?

For Eidolon, I would pronounce it EYE duh lon or maybe EYE d'lawn .Accent the first syllable. Maybe the last syllable would be "lone" not "lawn". Dunno but I find Eidolon a lot easier to figure out than Honoria...!!

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:15 PM ET
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I've read some that I thought must sound like a cat hacking up a furball:P

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:54 PM ET
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I read one recently where the hero was named Payen.  Is that Pay-en?  Or Pain? 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:55 PM ET
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Ani, what that one by Katie MacAlister? 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 4:06 PM ET
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I read one recently where the hero was named Payen.  Is that Pay-en?  Or Pain?

hmmmm I'd go with Pay-en just because the author did write it as 2 syllables. But...

What are these author's thinking? They should include pronunciation guides in the back.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 5:18 PM ET
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I'd pick the pronunciation that you like the best - you're the one reading/suffering through it; might as well be something you like saying.  There's been books where I've read the entire book only to go back and realize that I've managed to goof up the character's name by adding another constanant or something that wasn't there before - probably because I was reading too fast,  Ah well, I like my pronunciations better anyway, lol.

Now names like Peril from the book I'm reading now....who the hell names a knight Peril?  "Oh no, I'm in peril!  Peril,,,,yeah about that...where in God's teeth is he?"  :oP

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 5:51 PM ET
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Ani, what that one by Katie MacAlister? No, it was in the Weddings from Hell anthology.  This one was Kathryn Smith. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 6:20 PM ET
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Eidolon! you must be reading Pleasure Unbound. I loved that book.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Yes it's Pleasure Unbound and so far I am really liking it.  Bought just cause of the JR Ward review on the front.   So far I have changed his name at least three times in my head! LOL