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  •  Interesting concept - (10+ / 0-)

    though might not work with all books -

    Reading Lolita gave me similar insights.  You know probably that Iran's younger population is burgeoning.  They are the hope of Iran -- especially the women.  

    Democrats, Make it Work. You have until November to bring your electorate in.

    by xanthe on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 04:21:45 AM PST

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    •  Usually one of three things happens. (9+ / 0-)
      1. I can keep on reading because the story holds together even without what has gone before.
      1. I have no idea what is going on.  (Not often.)
      1. I go back to the beginning because it will make more sense.

      Some books are meant to be read strictly sequentially.  Thrillers, action stories and anything long on action and short on character development often suffer when I read randomly.  I don't usually like those books.

      Good and great writers can write in such a way that what you are reading is a series of well constructed vignettes.  When everything had a beginning, middle and end, it's possible to read them in bits and enjoy it.

      Proud member of the Cult of Issues and Substance!

      by Fabian on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 05:18:44 AM PST

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      •  I like No. 2 -- then when I read and (6+ / 0-)

        reread - say, Moby Dick or Proust or Faulkner - I can say:  Well, I began it in the middle so that may be the problem.  Though come to think of it, may not make much difference in Proust.

        Democrats, Make it Work. You have until November to bring your electorate in.

        by xanthe on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 05:44:56 AM PST

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      •  James E. Burke like that - (2+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, plf515

        has written , among other things , a series of whodunits , kinda , set in Louisiana Delta country.
        Marvelous development of characters , each sharp and strong enough to carry the weight of a series of novels themselves. Some readers greatly prefer to read this in only order of publication - would make sense ; i had come across author by the great skill of a local librarian in picking out stuff she thinks I'll like . Vignette approach works well for Burke and for me. BTW - the only Burke novel i owned was sent to me by an onlne friend( another DKos Kritter) who was sent it by an online friend , and so on. It is now on it's way to another Kos regular.
        This is fun as well as getting books around that cost maybe $25 new.

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