What would one want a list of the characters or names in a novel for? (Where is the difference between characters and names? Perhaps using this tool illuminates the ways in which we conflate the two, rendering nonfictional people mentioned in the text as characters, blurring the line between fact and fiction.) If the purpose of gathering a list of names is to spot broad patterns (e.g. most of the names are female) then this tool is certainly useful. It's also useful in its mistakes: the variance within the category "Organization" makes me question what, exactly, an organization is, and what it might be doing in a novel. After our quick excursion into NER, I think I would use it more to destabilize my assumptions about names and characters than to confirm them.