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 Posted:   Aug 19, 2019 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Sirusjr, thanks for the Joona Linna callout - sounds like that is indeed up my aisle. I have never much responded to visual descriptions, but I can usually visualize ok - but often better doing it myself without too much help from the writer. After thousands of books read, I no longer care whether the author can describe surroundings, people, etc. - unless the description itself adds to a deeper sense of the narrative.

Takes me back to when I first read the Ian Fleming Bond novels after growing up in the 60's and early 70's with the movies. Every time Fleming mentions Bond's scar, I would have to add it in to the generalized figure in my head - who was kind of like one of those models from the time in commercials and knockoffs that had the look but not the distinctiveness of the actual actors (well, actually Lazenby qualifies as a Bond look alike).

By the way, after decades of reading every word or just not reading the book, I have learned to skim when I know everything I need to know. And as long as I don't have to skim too much, I will keep with the book. But like some author I read about some time (Eudora Welty or Edith Wharton, I think), I have no guilt about books I don't finish. That's their fault not mine. wink

And Essankay, you remind me that I have meant to read Mosley's Easy Rawlins books for years, gotta do that!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2019 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thanks for the suggestions, Essankay.

Like Sean, I can skim if I don't have to skim a lot. I like "some" description of a character or a place for an accurate picture, but some authors can overdo it.

Over the years I got frustrated with Stephen King because he would introduce a character and then write about 5 or more pages about the character describing the person's history, looks, habitat, etc. Then that character would die. What the heck? Just give me details about main characters who are going to be around for some time.

 
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