A lot of Mass Effect fans have been angered by the latest Mass Effect novel, Deception. While the quality of the story has been called into question, most of the furor is due to the myriad of inconsistencies with existing Mass Effect lore. Fans have collected them into a single document. After the outrage that erupted, Bioware finally commented on the situation. Bioware’s said that future editions of the book will contain fixes, but that’s still pretty crappy. All the people who bought paper books would have to buy new copies and even owners of iBooks or Kindle versions, while possible to get updated versions, will probably have to buy a newer edition (because most publishers are greedy bastards).
Now, having ceded that Deception is full of errors, the story isn’t awful. And keep in mind that the previous Mass Effect novels, while consistent with franchise lore weren’t literary masterpieces either. I can’t join in with everyone in their book burning, but I do wish William Dietz had paid more attention to the accuracy of his writing, and I wish the stewards of the Mass Effect franchise had paid more attention to what they put their name on. In the end, it’s a little the author’s fault, but I feel most of the blame belongs to the people at Bioware for allowing the book to be published with all its errors.