Limnos corrections cross-check

As discussed (at length) in the prior post, the file uploaded on Friday of "The Prisoner of Limnos" was corrupted due to a formatting glitch -- 14 out of its 18 chapters were missing their final paragraphs. We caught up with the problem on Saturday afternoon, and a fresh and supposedly corrected file was uploaded at the three vendors.

Supposedly, everyone who bought after that point should have the right file, but that leaves the problem of everyone who bought early still having a bad one. Nook and iTunes refresh-file functions seem to be working now, or if not, please report in the comments section.

Because Amazon does not yet display the button for the fresh upload next to the book's title in the "manage your content and devices" page (it should appear in the far right column labeled "update available"), I have no way of telling from this end if all the corrections got in properly, which is driving me spare right now.

Meanwhile, while I twiddle my virtual thumbs waiting on Amazon, I've decided to post the 14 missing chapter ends here, so someone who *can* check can let me know if they all got in.

What follows will include spoilers, so persons spoiler-averse who are more patient than I am may wish to stop reading at this point.

(The penultimate paragraphs are included for context.)


***

Ch. 1:

“Oh”—Pen exhaled—“nothing of importance now. Let’s go find Duke Jurgo.”

They exited the bookroom together, Nikys’s shorter steps for once outpacing Penric’s leggy stride.

Ch. 2:

That was Desdemona, without question.

Even Jurgo caught it, by the wry smile that turned his mouth. “Let us all hope so.”

Ch. 3: (ends correctly in my file, included here for completeness.)

Oh, Pen. You have been a surprise from the beginning.

Ch. 4:

The coach-hire the next morning seemed to care only that their coin was good, which thanks to Jurgo’s generous purse it was, and to get them on their way as efficiently and lucratively as possible. They would reach the hinterlands of Thasalon by sundown. Still unremarked.

While not having to stop and let Penric steal them funds from local temples was certainly a boon, this round, Nikys suspected the return journey might not run so smoothly.

Ch. 5:

Nor are you, Pen dear, but it seems the position is taken.

Pen was too exhausted to fret further tonight. Judging that they were both about as sincere as two strange cats, he exchanged polite nods with Bosha and withdrew.

Ch. 6:

Nikys let that lay unchallenged. She had put hope before prudence, or why else had she come this far? A few more breaths, in the dark. Hope or prayer, she offered up: “I always wanted to have a sister, too.”

“Let us try to make that happen, then,” said Tanar softly.

Ch. 7:

Nikys nodded, satisfied. Everyone else kept staring.

“Dyes,” said Tanar after a moment. “Now that is something I might help with!”

Ch. 8:

And then the cart was turning onto the street, and other peoples’ troubles had to make way for her own. The last leg of this mortal relay.

Maybe.

Ch. 9:

“No reason it can’t be both,” said Pen, judiciously. “And every reason it could. The gods have no hands but ours, they say.” He held up his fingers and wiggled them.

“Not mine,” growled Bosha, and retreated back under his blue curtain.

Ch. 10:

“I can take—”

She reached out and caught his hand, laid a finger to stop his anxious lips. “No. It’s really all right. We can go, now.” She echoed his own words back to him. “It will be very well.” This time, she stood first, and pulled him up after her.

Ch. 11:

He grinned and touched his hand to his heart, echoing her echo. Then tapped her lips twice with his thumb, for whatever blessing he could muster. “Our god guard you on your way. And the rest of His kin.”

When he closed and locked the door behind them, the cell felt very silent and empty.

Ch. 12:

She wished her imagination came with a lever to shut it off, like an irrigation gate. This nightmare garden needed no watering.

The darkness was cooling rapidly. Nikys leaned against her mother, who leaned equally exhausted against her, and not just to share heat. As the horse plodded on, Nikys wondered if she had just traded a gold coin for a gold coin.

Ch. 13:

A last look up before the rising stone eclipsed her found Acolyte Hekat still leaning on her railing, looking down studying them. He made the tally of the gods broadly over his chest at her, tapping his lips twice by way of farewell.

She touched her fingers to her forehead in return salute, and Pen thought her brother might not be the only member of her family with a strong ironic streak.

Ch. 14:

Nikys raised her face. “You do? What?”

She tapped Nikys’s forehead in a gesture not quite a blessing. And said, in a voice as arid as Nikys had ever heard from her, “Die first.”

Ch. 15:

“…Aye.”

They sat together in reflective silence as the boat tacked south.

Ch. 16: (ends correctly in my file, included here for completeness)

They talked in low tones until his head was nodding, and his mother sent him to bed with a kiss the like of which he’d probably not had from her since he was four. It seemed to please them both. It often felt to Nikys that her elder brother’s relationship with their mother was less, not more, complicated than her own for its long gap, but she could not begrudge it.

Ch. 17: (ends correctly in my file.)

Then it was time to traverse the dock to the gangplank of the Saonese ship, and be herded up it by sailors ready to get underway. Three sturdy masts, Pen observed with approval, and even larger than the cargo vessel on which he’d traveled from Lodi to Patos not four months past, which now seemed a century ago. Making this Pen’s second sea voyage ever. Would it be as life-altering as the first?

Ch. 18: (ends correctly in my file.)

She reached back.

***

One of my bright writer-readers thought she might use this as an instructive lesson/study on endings and transitions, which would certainly be making lemonade out of lemons. Or out of Limnos. If she does, I'll post a link.

It's also been fascinating to note how many people breezed though it not noticing anything amiss; it was another writer who first said something that tipped me off to go check. Some of the end-lines are just utilitarian transitions, but some are not.

Ta, L.

(8 AM Sunday, still no Amazon update button, sigh.)
(4:30 PM Sunday still no update button, grr.)
(6:30 PM Sunday still no update button, gritgritgrit.)
(10:30 PM Sunday still no love *despair*)
(12:15 AM Monday still no update button. *defeat*)
(7:30 AM Monday still no update button.)
(11 AM Monday still nope.)
(1 PM Monday - Madness, they say, is performing the same action and expecting a different result.)
(7:30 PM Monday. The madness continues.)
(9:30 PM Monday ... )
(1:15 PM Tuesday ... )
(11:30 PM Tuesday ... )
(8:30 AM Wednesday It's there! Finally! It works! Bwahahaha...!)
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message 1: by Softness (new)

Softness I plan to wait for the correct version. I did check for a few of the missing paragraphs and they weren't in my copy. I don't mind waiting. Your stories are worth it to me. ^^


message 2: by Softness (last edited Oct 29, 2017 06:41AM) (new)

Softness So, I did the suggestion at the end of the previous entry thread. I talked to someone in Amazon chat and they forced the new file to me. So I'm pretty certain I have the correct file. I've only checked the end of ch1 so far and I have the correct ending paragraph. I didn't want to spoilery myself. ^^;

But as I read, I can check the list.

I had to delete it from my device and redownload it in order for it to appear (after they sent it to me).


message 3: by J.M. (last edited Oct 29, 2017 06:46AM) (new)

J.M. Ney-Grimm Ah! Chapter 14 was the one that I really wondered about! I thought the answer to Nikys' question would be answered in chapter 15, that the lack of answer was a deliberate cliffhanger. But, of course, it was not answered later. Now all becomes clear. Glad you posted this, since I missed the earlier post about the corrupt file. Now I will go to Amazon and see about getting the corrected file.


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg Oh well, gives me a proper excuse to reread it! :-)


message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg J.M. wrote: "Ah! Chapter 14 was the one that I really wondered about! I thought the answer to Nikys' question would be answered in chapter 15, that the lack of answer was a deliberate cliffhanger. But, of cours..."
Yes,I thought that was the biggest one too. The rest were relatively minor. Except as transitions.


message 6: by John (new)

John Higbee I bought the book on Sunday the 29th from Amazon and all endings are correct.
Loved the book.


message 7: by Anne (new)

Anne Still no update button from Amazon. I was one of the impatient ones who bought as soon as I heard LIMNOS was available so for the moment I'm stuck with the old file. C'mon, Amazon, give us the button. Any word yet from Amazon when they intend to make the update available?

Anne in Virginia


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Halleron I bought it from Amazon last night, and I can confirm that all the chapter endings are correct.

I don't Kindle, I Kobo, so I'm not sure how the updating works. Perhaps Kindle owners can delete and redownload?


message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg I returned it, bought it again, redownloaded it from Amazon and still don't have the chapter ends.


message 10: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Mary wrote: "I returned it, bought it again, redownloaded it from Amazon and still don't have the chapter ends."

Aargh. This is madness. That old file shouldn't even still _exist_, let alone be given to people.

The only thing I can suggest at this point it to contact Amazon Kindle customer support. Some of the other posters here had some luck with that -- ask them what magic tricks they used.

Ta, Lois. Who is not actually in control of all this, which makes it hard to fix from my end.


message 11: by Lucie (last edited Oct 29, 2017 02:33PM) (new)

Lucie Zeale Read returned and bought again 3x now still no update 😕 on amazon uk. Loved the story and I did wonder why it bounced abit I am glad there is more to read as Pen and Nikys and Des is wonderful.


message 12: by Lucie (new)

Lucie Zeale You know in the old days of print this would make our copies instantly rare and valuble.... 😂


message 13: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Lucie wrote: "Read returned and bought again 3x now still no update 😕 on amazon uk. Loved the story and i dis wonder why it bounced abit I am glad there is more to read as Pen and Nikys and Des is wonderful."

Returning and repurchasing has been shown repeatedly not to work -- I'd give up on that attempted fix. New purchasers in the UK do seem to be getting the corrected file, so it certainly exists in their system. Somewhere. I'd say contact Kindle customer support/chat line/whatever. Can anyone who had success with this method report exactly what they did, so others might replicate it?

(Though you shouldn't have to, darn it.)

bests, Lois.


message 14: by Softness (last edited Oct 29, 2017 02:56PM) (new)

Softness Mary wrote: "I returned it, bought it again, redownloaded it from Amazon and still don't have the chapter ends."

This is what I did to get the correct file: (hopefully the link works, because it is long)

1) I went to Contact Us

2) Then "Digital Content and Services"

3) On #2, I filled out the "tell us more about your issue".
- I selected: "Kindle eBooks" -- "Kindle E-Reader" -- "Problems downloading content"

4) Then on #3, I clicked "Chat". A little window popped up with a chat agent. I told them "Hello. I purchased an ebook "The Prisoner of Limnos" and the author updated the file, but I have yet to receive the updated file."

They eventually pushed the updated file to me. I had to delete the old copy from my device and download the new file. That was it! It took me 7 minutes. ^^

Hope this helps!


message 15: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Ney-Grimm I've had good luck contacting customer service to get them to "force" the download of the new version of a book when I tried it once before. I will try that with this one. I'm optimistic. And it is easy to do. I use the "call me" option, not the email option.


message 16: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg I am talking to amazon now. They have a kindle support department. They don't speak a lot of english, but apparently the update is not available because "it hasn't passed Amazon quality control". She can push the new update to your kindle, but that didn't work for me. The phone call took 30 minutes, but i finally got the corrected file. I'm not sure how she did it as the hold time was ridiculous. They need to update the contents of your book and send it again.


message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg If you purchased the book before the changes were made, you can either wait for the "update content" button to show up on amazon or call technical support. My experience with support was they don't understand the problem but if you persist, you can get the new file.


message 18: by Kate (new)

Kate Halleron Mary wrote: "I am talking to amazon now. They have a kindle support department. They don't speak a lot of english, but apparently the update is not available because "it hasn't passed Amazon quality control". S..."

If that's so, why do people who buy it after the update get the uncorrupted file? Something is seriously wrong/weird there.


message 19: by Valentine (last edited Oct 29, 2017 03:43PM) (new)

Valentine German Amazon can't push the update yet, because they don't have the files. The guy talking to my husband said he'd report the problem. He only believed there was a problem after he got a link with the blog-post. I hope they hurry!

After some searching he found the file after all and could update after all. All smiles in this house!


message 20: by Mary (new)

Mary Berg Kate wrote: "Mary wrote: "I am talking to amazon now. They have a kindle support department. They don't speak a lot of english, but apparently the update is not available because "it hasn't passed Amazon qualit..."

I agree. They (there were 2 of them) were very clueless, but i guess it's not something that happens all that often


message 21: by Jerri (new)

Jerri Softness wrote: "Mary wrote: "I returned it, bought it again, redownloaded it from Amazon and still don't have the chapter ends."

This is what I did to get the correct file: (hopefully the link works, because it i..."


I basically did what Softness described. It certainly seemed to go more quickly than what those described who tried to call customer service. Over the years, I have found the "online chat" customer service usually pretty good. I didn't have to delete my first version, it seems to have been deleted when the new one downloaded.

A year or so ago I purchased a Kindle book from Amazon and received a completely incorrect eBook. No relationship with what I had purchased. The "look inside" feature had the right book. And a lot of people had the same result, based on the reviews. Customer service "chat" was able to fix it, but MONTHS later new buyers were still receiving the wrong book. Sort of the reverse of what seems to happen here, with new buyers getting the corrected version while earlier buyers have to struggle. I don't know how long it took to get the Penric's Mission UPDATE button, I know I checked for days and eventually sort of forgot (and got the audiobook), but it was there today!


message 22: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Ney-Grimm Because those of you who went the phone route reported phone calls of 30 minutes, I decided to try the chat route reported by Softness. It was a breeze. Done in about 3 minutes or less, and now I have the corrected version. Thanks, Softness!


message 23: by Michaeline (last edited Oct 29, 2017 10:07PM) (new)

Michaeline Duskova J.M. wrote: "Ah! Chapter 14 was the one that I really wondered about! I thought the answer to Nikys' question would be answered in chapter 15, that the lack of answer was a deliberate cliffhanger. But, of cours..."

Me too! That's the only one I noticed. Reading through this list, I remember a lot of these "last lines" that were really second-to-last, and being perfectly satisfied with them as an ending to the chapter. But reading the extra material . . . so many of them end in a twist. It's going to be a different read the next time around! (Probably tonight, I'll re-read.)


message 24: by Laura (new)

Laura Suddenly the story makes a little more sense. I shall just have to reread it after I get an updated copy. I devoured it the night I got it.


message 25: by Softness (new)

Softness J.M. wrote: "Because those of you who went the phone route reported phone calls of 30 minutes, I decided to try the chat route reported by Softness. It was a breeze. Done in about 3 minutes or less, and now I have the corrected version. Thanks, Softness! "

You're welcome! ^^


message 26: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Ney-Grimm Michaeline wrote: "...I remember a lot of these "last lines" that were really second-to-last, and being perfectly satisfied with them as an ending to the chapter. But reading the extra material . . . so many of them end in a twist. It's going to be a different read the next time around!"

Yes! I was satisfied with many of the second-to-last lines also, but when I read Lois' errata, I had to agree that the true last lines were better. I started re-reading the correct version last night, and I'm enjoying it tremendously.


message 27: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Ney-Grimm Laura wrote: "I devoured it the night I got it."

I did too! Stayed up till 1:30 am to finish it, which I should not have. ;)


message 28: by Kim (new)

Kim Aippersbach Thanks so much for posting these! I didn't want to bother dealing with Amazon, and this way I got to read the whole thing with the lovely end lines. I figure I'll check back with Kindle in a month or so and see if I can get the updated file then.


message 29: by Kate (last edited Oct 30, 2017 02:19PM) (new)

Kate Halleron I know you don't want to hear this, but I found a pretty glaring error in Chapter V:

'Nicks scrubbed her fingers through her curls, in disarray after the day's travel.'

I tend to overlook minor typos, but this one seemed important enough to bring to your attention.


message 30: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Kate wrote: "I know you don't want to hear this, but I found a pretty glaring error in Chapter V:

'Nicks scrubbed her fingers through her curls, in disarray after the day's travel.'

I tend to overlook minor t..."


Yep, report typos over in the Spoilers discussion thread. Corralling them all in one place should help reduce duplicates.

And, yes, I am collecting them, for my sins.

Ta, L.


message 31: by Softness (new)

Softness I've finished thru ch 6, so far. And all the correct ending paragraphs are present. ^^


message 32: by Softness (new)

Softness Lois wrote: "And, yes, I am collecting them, for my sins."

*giggle* Toss 'em in that sin bucket. ;)


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