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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Approximately twelve hours for the act itself, interspersed with four hours of sleep and two spent in other waking pursuits.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2007 01:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Well for God's sake don't tell

I have to share mine with a devoted ten year old from whom I can only pry the thing for brief periods -- I'm only on page 155, a situation I hope to remedy after she goes to sleep -- she's only on p. 280! Laura
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 22nd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Well for God's sake don't tell

We bought two, in order to deal with precisely that problem. Skylar got a late start and has been taking breaks in order to build up stength for the intense parts. She took the first death reasonably well, but had the urge to make art for a while immediately afterwards.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 22nd, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Well for God's sake don't tell

And I would never tell. I feel blessed to have managed to avoid all spoilers since the book leaked on the internet earlier in the week. As I'd feared, misanthropic teens appeared at the bookstore. Kim saw some wearing T-shirts that listed every death on the front. Luckily, however, Skylar and I didn't see them. My closest call came in talking to the father of Skylar's friend, who for some reason wanted to discuss the rumours he'd read. He looked miffed when I pointedly told him to be quiet. But I wasn't going to have the experience of reading for plot, so rare a pleasure for me, ruined by his carelessness.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ugh, my brother was probably among those stupid teens. He revels in this sort of thing, and told me he was going to make shirts beforehand. I told him that if he revealed anything to me I would throttle him. Seriously. And never talk to him again, not that he would be able to talk.

It took me 12 hours to read, too, except for a couple 20 minute breaks. I finished at 4:30 this morning. (Started Saturday afternoon, obviously.)

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I mean, I remember being a misanthropic teenager myself. But that's pretty over the top!

I'm having the strange experience of rereading portions again right after finishing, because my daughter wants me to read parts of it out loud to her. Cool.
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