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how do you read?

I've spotted at least one writer posting beginnings of unfinished work lately and I know that beginning has to grab when when I start writing. But how many of you look at the beginning when you decide to read a book? I look at the writer, the publisher (Avon Horror, just say noooooooooooooooooo!), the back blurb and a random page in the middle where I start reading to see if I like the style. But it never occurs to me to look at the beginning - possibly because then I'd have started reading the book and wouldn't be able to stop...

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muninnhuginn
3rd Oct, 2005 08:57 (UTC)
I have to confess that I generally do look at the first few paragraphs (of the first chapter rather than any prologue there might be). I've been known to put a book back if there's a typo on the first page--too many errors disrupt my reading. Then I read the last page. Always.
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