Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Review of Ken Bruen's Latest

Date: 02 Nov 2008

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    Stacy wrote:

    "I just started this and it looks like it will be a super fast read - there's a lot of white space on the pages, if you know what I mean. But so far, so good."

    I picked it up yesterday. I haven't started it, but was struck by the same thing when flipping through it: full pages for his chapter dividing epigraphs, huge gulfs between paragraphs, etc. Its printing is so sparse, it makes Robert B Parker's pages look covered with ink. It could have easily been printed in half the pages.

    Why do publishers do this? Because they think readers want more pages for their dollars? Do they really think readers won't notice all of the blank space? I have no problem with a short book if it tells a good story. Would prefer a tight read to one with padding (not even hinting that all long books are padded: Rankin, for one, needs all of his pages for his stories).


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