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Old 12-06-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Ancillary question to "what are you reading"

I thought it would be interesting to know if the length of a book influences you when choosing what to read next. I admit that with very few exceptions, I'll pass up reading really long (500 pages and up) books as just don't have the patience to wade through that much verbiage.
My execptions to that rule, excluding Tolkien and Rowling, are Colleen McCullough, James Clavell and W. E. B. Griffin, and I've kinda gone off Griffin recently.
How do all of you readers handle it?

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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The only time length of a book makes a difference to me is when I finish my book in the car. I choose short stories for my car book, as I don't always pick it up. The car book is for taking into appointments, lunch time, etc. Short stories, I can usually get through them in a 45 minute span of time.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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I have a problem with comprehension so I cannot read novels or long stories. Readers' Digest is as far as I'll go.
I have no problem with lengthy technical manuals and any type of instructions.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:56 PM   #4
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Length has never been an issue for me. I don't mind reading very long books or relatively short ones.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:07 PM   #5
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Longer is better..... especially when I was still buying books! More for the high price!
Now that I use my library.... well a LONG good story is always better than a short good one.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:20 PM   #6
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i never even notice the length of book. i don't like short stories so much. like to really get into a nice long book. so guess i do notice some what.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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Sorry MSC...another question...Are there some books that you wish would never end?

I have a few like that, I'm so wrapped up in them that coming to the end is a cold shock!
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
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Depends on my mood. I love me a long book. Sometimes I want a short story. I got trapped by Thieves' World. It was short stories by different authors, but all in the same setting and in chronological order. And yes, I want more.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:25 PM   #9
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Regardless of price the bigger the better. If I have to choose between two books, I will look to see which one has more pages, and I'll buy that book.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:06 PM   #10
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Regardless of price the bigger the better. If I have to choose between two books, I will look to see which one has more pages, and I'll buy that book.
That's really what I was trying to find out on an off-the-cuff kinda poll. Of two choices you'd prefer the book with more pages and I'd opt for the shorter book that got to the point quicker!
I didn't think about shor stories when posting the question as they of course resolve the story in short form, and a several hundred page book with lots of short stories is certainly something I'd buy as you can pick it up and leave at any time without wondering how the plot is going to resolve.
And just to add to this, do you prefer a book 'series' to stand alones. I "think" as it appears to be the case, that series characters are something we all like if that character is 'likeable' and someone we'd like to get to know better over a period.
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