Personally I prefer a slow start to any sci-fi book that I'm reading. I'm thinking of books like Dune, Rendezvous with Rama, Foundation, stuff that builds character first.
It just makes the action when we get to it, all the more meaningful. It's one reason why I find fault with a lot of the current sci-fi out there at present. They seem to be written like Hollywood sci-fi action movies, with a huge action set-piece in the beginning, kind of like writing by numbers. It's fun and entertaining on some level I suppose, but because you're not really acquainted with the character involved in the action, it ultimately means absolutely nothing to me at the outset.
What do you prefer? Slow or Fast start to the book you're reading?
Rob U started this discussion 4 months ago (edited). ( | permalink )