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    Glossaries

    Discussion in 'Research' started by A.M.P., Feb 9, 2015.

    What do you guys think about glossaries at the end of books?

    I personally like them, as sometimes it can really add to the lore behind a book (Since I'm into that stuff) and occasionally I forget a term or two and it's nice they're all grouped up.

    Also, should the glossaries be sent with the manuscript? I tried Googling it and didn't get an answer.
     
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    It depends on how necessary the glossary is. If there are so many novel terms in use that I have to flip back to it, that is seriously off-putting to me. If it's there as a decorative item, and I don't actually have to use it, then I don't use it, so it may as well not be there. One example is Storm Constantine's Wraeththu series. I don't recall if the first book by itself had a glossary, but the first three novels together as an omnibus (the copy I own) does. But... Storm gives me the terms that make up the lives of hara with enough pacing and context that I learn her world easily and don't have to flip to a glossary. Even now I can tell you what an ouana lim is and also what soume means. I know the pleasures of aruna and the travesty of pelci. Her story teaches me her world with perfectly paced deftness.

    The mileage of others may vary. ;)
     
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    I'm with Wreybies. I'm even thinking about adding one specifically for language in one of my books but I don't know. I was also thinking of doing the asterisk thing and putting a notation at the bottom of the page. I love maps and family trees can come in handy. Any thing that helps the reader I'm all for but I also think context should make things rather clear. Meaning if they want to look it up just to be sure but it shouldn't always be necessary.
     
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    I think I read a book that had small annotations at the bottom.
    Pretty sure it was fiction though I can't recall what book it was.
    I remember liking it as it was non-intrusive and kinda fun.
     

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