Re: Draggy books
> Actually, some of my favorite books I might say have "draggy" portions.I loved that book as well ... not least because it got me thinking
> I adored "The Years of Rice and Salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson and gave
> copies to my husband, sister, and stepsons. I still think it is one of
> the more brilliant books I've read in the past few years in spite of the
> draggy parts (I have a feeling I'm in the minority on this list in
> liking that book).
about all sorts of things and prompted me to learn some real life
stuff about the cultures it describes. It also covers an immense
amount of time and I still felt attached to the characters even though
none of them remained throughout the book.
Some of my favorite books also have what you might call "draggy"
portions. But one of the reasons I like it so much is that the first
time I read a book that is long and has some portions that take more
effort to get through than others, is that I tend to skim over those
parts the first time a little unconsciously in my eagerness to devour
the story. Then when I go back to the book a second time, armed with
the knowledge of plot, characters etc. from my first read, I find
myself able to slow down and enjoy the whole book and really get into
the parts that are slower going. It's like reading a whole new book,
In fact, I have Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell sitting on my "To Read"
shelf and I suspect it will be one of those types of books. My
mother-in-law lent it to me and I'm sorry to say I am afraid she won't
get it back for quite a while. :)
Sometimes books that have "draggy" parts--(and Lord of the Rings had
VERY draggy parts for me when I was reading it at the age of 8, all of
the Mordor sequences just killed me and I wasn't as interested in any
scenes that did not contain elves or Aragorn. Hey, I was 8!)--are the
books that lend themselves the most to re-reading, since on repeated
reads the draggy parts are not so draggy and they actually yield up
little surprises, things you didn't notice the first or second or
third time ...