^ Agreed. I work in publishing with a stringent copy-editing department. I'm not a copy editor but I look through submissions and let me tell you: 90% of authors have no idea how grammar works nor how words in the English language go together! I like Roberts' work because it's so wordy and overwritten. I've always joked with my friends that for each issue of MTMTE I could read 5 issues of RID in the same amount of time. The revelation in the FMH podcast interview that Shadowplay was dictated by Hasbro proves that even when he's forced to shoe-horn elements into an ongoing narrative he makes it fit. I found Shadowplay to be interesting and well-written with several important plot threads that paid off much later. I think if these issues feel 'forced' or 'hurried' than I'm more than willing to accept them as is under the assumption that Dark Cybertron will be bigger and even more glorious because of it!