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Re: Chapters: Named or Numbered I do like chapter titles that make me giggle as they go flying by, but usually a sure sign that I'm really into a book is that I haven't even noticed I've started another chapter, let alone what it was called / numbered.

I think in this regard, whoever made the comment about distance is correct - my favourite example of delightful chapter headings is To Say Nothing of the Dog, which has both the intimacy of a first-person narration and a lot of the distancing tricks of Victorian literature - by very firm design. It wants you to remember you're reading a book, and that that book is delightful. It wants you to pause between chapters to admire its clever delightfulness. It wants to remind you what a good time you're having.

Now if a book is also divided into parts, those I like to have titles, because these are big movements of story, and I like the idea that they have a structure/theme/vibe.

September 01, 2016, 01:14:18 PM
Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.

@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.

It is an old book, I picked it up in a book shop by chance and on realising it had a gay lead felt it worth a go. It reads like it was written by an angsty teen tbh. What Elfy says seem right, had I read it ten or fifteen years ago I might have liked it   :-\

@ScarlettBea thanks for the heads up! Will take a deeper look  :)

It was the Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

January 08, 2019, 02:08:10 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Firstly, read Swordspoint on the recommendation of @cupiscent and absolutely loved it. Only took me a few days (and a good chunk of a flight) to get through. Totally recommend it; it has a great mystery running through it, as well as fast paced action along with a sweet slice of romance.

Currently just over halfway through A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, suggested by @J.R. Darewood and it is incredible! This is a book I feel I've been looking for for a long time. It needs to be a TV series, or a movie at least. I think the world is ready for it  :)

Yay! And I love Gentleman's Guide as well, so I'm absolutely thrilled to hear all of this. :D A TV series of it would be such a delight, I am On Board!

April 24, 2019, 12:46:20 AM