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lisa



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I have read War and Peace twice so far.First time as a literary challenge. Self very young but. The second time was about five years ago. I found it refreshing faultless in technique and full of images. A beautiful read. By far the most cheerful Russian classic. And definitely light.

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Ferrit Leggings



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My favourite of Russian lit is White Nights (A Sentimental Love Story (from the memories of a dreamer) by Dostoevsky. A close second would be Notes From the Underground , also by Dostoevsky.

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lisa



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1. And Quiet Flows The Don-Mikhail Sholokov
2. Short Stories-Maxim Gorky (A movie-The Gypsy Camp Vanishes Into The Blue from one of his stories was extraordinarily interesting to watch.)

Other than that Russian comedies can make you cry and tragedies can dampen the sun.

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FL, I know exactly what you're dealing with on this story. The book I'm working on has a retarded character as one of the two main characters. It's tough to be funny without looking like you are picking on retarded people. (Especially with the horribly insensitve shock value title I'm working under. More on that later.)

Don't sell yourself, your readers or your story short. Maybe it will come out a little heavy, but heavy doesn't necessarily mean bad. And if it has humor in it, the humor may stand out even more against a backdrop of said heaviness.

Another point on a longer story is that novellas seem to be, for me at least, a tough sell. If you've got the story, I say let it rip and pick up the pieces later. On the other hand, Of Mice and Men is a tiny book.

I'm definitely interested in reading this when you're done.
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Ferrit Leggings wrote:
The word count is 35,000 or there about right now. I am at 102 pages and slowly counting. Life has been a bit unbearable lately with work and many other things that you do not want to hear about.

What I was concerned with was the nature of the story. Novels about disease and human interest are interesting to a point but they do get a bit much after a while. The great thing about the subject is that most people with autism are characters, trust me I know. I wanted or want this story to be humorous and thought provoking at the same time. I have had to cut down on bawdy humour so that it doesn’t cloud the seriousness of the issue but I also did not want to make it some drab piece of crap either that was so serious that it would leave the reader never wanting to pick up the book again. It was and is a fine line to cross. I did not want to make the story too long so that it would bore the reader or make them want to top themselves.

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If the book is a stand-out, it will be long enough. I'm always horribly worried about pace, and losing the reader, and you are right to be concerned. But do expect to be rejected out of hand because it's too short. As Boota points out, sellling is a whole nother story. I'm not saying that you will be rejected by everyone, but if you are fortunate enough to get agents to read the book and comment, expect some to reject it because it's too short. They may not even read beyond a few pages. The Dog in the Night was pretty short too, so you have that going for you.

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