it's a simple typo...and an easy one to make too as the f key is right next to the d key on the standard keyboard. if we pointed out every typo to JR...the poor women would have to redo the book totally to fix them all as with any other author
This Slip-Up would only be a Slip-up if the author were responsible for visiting each publishing house and setting the type set for the book to be printed off. As the author ISN'T the one that sets up the printers to print their books, then blaming a "TYPO" on the author is DUMB.
I've read the Author's Comments in every book I've ever read that the author takes the time to put them in and two of the most common complaints any author has is the way an editor messes up their writing in editing and then the publisher and their TYPOS during printing.
I can understand Slip-ups as they apply to the actual content of the book, IE character flaws, BUT to claim a TYPO as a Slip-up, that should never get past the review here.
It figures they'd do something like that. Lots of other slip-ups were corrected in later versions. Do you have the paperback or the hardback? I think it's only in the hardback version, but as soon as I get my hands on a paperback version of the book I'll let ya know.
A slip up in a novel is not necessarily a mistake made by the author. I am currently proof reading my own novel that has been type set by a printer,and I'm having to check very carefully for errors. I'm having to check TWICE as it's possible to miss errors on the first time through. Another person has already checked the manuscript and I have spotted errors that they didn't spot. I expect that someone will go on to spot errors that I didn'tspot as well - and I wrote the original. So, I am reinforcing a comment made by someone earlier, when they defended J K Rowling. The author is just one of many individuals who have a hand in bringing a piece of writing to the printed book. Human error is possible all along the way. We may aim for perfection - which I do with my own novel - but there's no guarantee that a typo won't spoil the finished result.