It isn't just in films where story arcs get truncated or cut, or where characters get altered at the last minute. It happens in novels too—particularly the kind of sprawling novel that 1635: The Papal Stakes became.

Now it may have become this sprawling (some uncharitable folks suggest) because I have a tendency toward either byzantine plotting and/or unwonted prolixity. I roundly deny the latter, and, er, take issue with . . .

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