Tonyblack wrote:I think a lot of it depends on how much time you spend reading each day. Long bus trips are great for that. A very long book by an author you haven't read before can be somewhat daunting and a commitment that some people might not be prepared to make.
As others have said - it comes down to content. If the book is a page-turner, it won't matter so much that it's a long book.
Would agree with that wholeheartedly. With bus and train my average daily commute (there and back again) was around the 3 hour mark so the 25 years I did that I got through a LOT of books and for most of that time Discworld ones were probably amongst the shortest ones I'd have consider picking up from choice. I did do a lot of pulp blockbusters too (Maeve Binchy & Jilly Cooper mainly, but they're both always good fun) and rarely had one I found boring with the exception of The Cosmic Trilogy (in one paperback volume) by CS Lewis, which had its great moments, but I'm afraid I was long past hero-worshipping him (was my fave author before I graduated to Tolkien at 10) so I should have known better really.
Long usually equals quality with good literature in my experience, but I know what I like so I rarely get beyond a pre-buy/loan flick if I pick them up in the 1st place unless it's something I feel will be 'good' for me (which was the case with Cosmic