[DWJ] A revelation of Time City

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Mon Jul 17 14:51:26 EDT 2006

Deborah said...

> How many people here haven't read all of DWJ's books
> that are older than the last five years or so? If you haven't
> read them, how much would you like to be protected from spoilers?

I think I've read (and own!) everything DWJ has published, except 
"Changeover", which I have never even seen.

But in any case, I don't at all mind spoilers.  The way I see it, I may 
learn, before reading, that X does Y (shock horror), but I still have to 
read the book (or see the film) in order to find out *why* X does Y (not to 
mention when, and how, and under what circumstances).  I also often read the 
last couple of pages of a book when I'm about a quarter of the way through 
the book.  This mindset is probably also why I can read whodunnits over and 

I do try, however, to put spoiler warnings ahead of major plot points when 
talking about books or films; having been soundly smacked down early in my 
internet career for revealing an important incident in one of Guy Gavriel 
Kay's books, I know that not everyone has read the books I have, and not 
everyone shares my casual attitude to spoilers.

All of which is a longwinded way of saying that I don't really care much 
what spoiler guidelines may be put in place on this list, but that I will do 
my best to abide by whatever they turn out to be.

> (On an entirely unrelated note, that construction I used in the
> first sentence: "I don't think". Does anyone else use it? I'm
> trying to figure out if that's a regional dialect saying or me
> just talking like a freak.)

I use it in that manner all the time.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"Worst fears realised darling Seth and Rueben too send gumboots."
- Stella Gibbons, "Cold Comfort Farm" 

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