Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers

Tue Mar 11 09:10:41 PST 2003

On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote:
> It's courteous to allow people a few weeks to acquire a new book 
> and finish reading it right after it comes out, because not 
> everyone can get it instantly, but at some point the burden 
> switches to the reader.

In some cases more than a few weeks.  I, for reasons of size and cost,
never buy hardbacks.  And I've looked, but I can't always find Brust in
the library.  I think it more fair to move the "few weeks" figure to after
the book has been released in paperback.  I just picked up _Issola_ two
weeks ago and am working through it now, but I won't be able to get to
PotD until the end of the year, unless I borrow it from a friend, which
I'm still not a fan of doing b/c hardbacks are HUGE.  I generally read on
the fly, while I'm on the train to class, so I like to read something that
can fit in my pocket.

I'm not saying that I think there should be NO discussion of new books
until a year+, just that spoiler space should be recommended until it is
available in paperback, for the list at least.  (I personally believe in
giving spoiler space/warnings for everything involving plot/character 
revelations that you wouldn't find on the cover summary or within the
first few pages, but that's just me.)

I do want to point out that I appreciate all the attempts made onlist to
keep from spoiling the books.  The space and subject lines are quite
clear, so I can easily delete them before any damage is done.


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