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« : 28 Май 2018, 13:16 » Процитировать

What do you appreciate most in a book: the style, the plot, memorable characters, something else?
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« Ответ #1 : 29 Май 2018, 02:08 » Процитировать

What do you appreciate most in a book: the style, the plot, memorable characters, something else?
If I begin reading a book and want to keep reading it, I consider it good.
If I begin reading a book and do not want to keep reading it, ....

You get the picture.
I do not subscribe to the theory that if you begin reading a book you have to finish it or die trying.
There are so many good books in the world that I have not read yet that there is no point in wasting my time on reading something I do not enjoy.
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« Ответ #2 : 29 Май 2018, 15:04 » Процитировать

What do you appreciate most in a book: the style, the plot, memorable characters, something else?
If I begin reading a book and want to keep reading it, I consider it good.
If I begin reading a book and do not want to keep reading it, ....

You get the picture.
I do not subscribe to the theory that if you begin reading a book you have to finish it or die trying.
There are so many good books in the world that I have not read yet that there is no point in wasting my time on reading something I do not enjoy.

Well, yes. But what are your preferences, genre wise and narration wise, favourite authors?
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« Ответ #3 : 29 Май 2018, 16:39 » Процитировать

But what are your preferences, genre wise and narration wise, favourite authors?
I like fairy tales (fantasy), historical fiction, biographies, science fiction, murder mysteries, etc. It is easier to tell, what I do not like: horror, romance novels.  Unfortunately for me, I am extremely picky, so I have to try a book first and then decide if I want to keep reading it. This rule goes even for the books by my favorite authors. I do not like ALL of their books and have to pick and choose.
I have more than 1500 books on my reader, and still have to download more in order for me to find a book to read.
Also, I like reading books in the language thay were written. If possible.
I do  not know many languages, but if I can I try not to read translations.
Your turn.
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« Ответ #4 : 29 Май 2018, 23:09 » Процитировать

I am extremely picky, so I have to try a book first and then decide if I want to keep reading it. This rule goes even for the books by my favorite authors. I do not like ALL of their books and have to pick and choose.
I am like that. Don’t read much fiction at present as it is hard for me to find a book I would really enjoy.

Being a published author myself, I am a 'connoisseur‘’ of style, so definitely need to like that to continue reading a book. Unfortunately, genuine wordsmiths who are able to reshape everyday words and thoughts into something unforgettable through simple literary craftsmanship are so rare these days, although I could give you a few names, like John Banville or Don DeLillo, for example. True masters of the language, I would certainly call them my favourites.
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« Ответ #5 : 29 Май 2018, 23:25 » Процитировать

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John Banville or Don DeLillo
I have not even heard these names. What do they write about?
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« Ответ #6 : 29 Май 2018, 23:46 » Процитировать

Read them and you will know.  ad
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« Ответ #7 : 30 Май 2018, 04:31 » Процитировать

Read them and you will know.  ad
I will, eventually. I am in the middle of a book now (I am almost always in the middle of a book). When I am between books, I will give them a try.
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« Ответ #8 : 31 Май 2018, 00:23 » Процитировать

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I will, eventually. I am in the middle of a book now (I am almost always in the middle of a book). When I am between books, I will give them a try.
Their writing is rather peculiar, often with no plot as such, and the language is quite complicated (although that, with your perfect command of English, shouldn’t present a problem).
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« Ответ #9 : 31 Май 2018, 16:42 » Процитировать

Their writing is rather peculiar, often with no plot as such, and the language is quite complicated (although that, with your perfect command of English, shouldn’t present a problem).
Complicated language, probably, will not present a problem (I love complicated language) but absence of a plot might be an unsurmountable obstacle.  I love good plots and whodunit books. I prefer actions to descriptions.
That said, I am an omnivorous reader and woudl try everything,
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