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paulc
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Ultimate Cheapskate – 2008-06-27 4:05 PM OK, so this isn’t an answer, but sort of a related question: Recently, a number of folks have described my book as a “quick read,” usually in the context of saying that they really enjoyed it. Maybe it’s just a male author thing (“quick” and all, don’t you know;-), but from an author’s perspective, “quick read” seems like an awkward compliment at best, despite the good intentions on the part of the reader/reviewer. It seems to me like saying, “The good news is, his work was not nearly as demanding on my intellect or time consuming as I thought it would be. Well done!” How would you feel about being a “quick read?” Would you still respect the author in the morning?

I’ve described a couple of good books I read as quick reads. What I meant was that the flow of the words was natural and smooth and my attention didn’t wander from tedious descriptions or scenes. None of that means that the book didn’t make me think. Any book I enjoy makes me think. But a quick read that makes me think is even better. And from what everyone says about your book, it’s definitely makes people think.

So, yes, I would still respect the author in the morning!

Jai