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Subject: Ever happen to you? back cover on book 2 gave spoiler to book 1?
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:31 PM ET
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I often get book 1 and book 2 in a series at the same time. I absolutely hate when the back cover on book 2 gives away major spoilers to book 1! Twice, recently, I stopped reading book 1 in a series because I knew what happened thanks to the back cover on book 2! I know, you are saying don't read the back cover then! Well, sometimes, it's by accident! Or, darn it, I'm curious! Yeah, I know my fault but neverthless, spoilers shouldn't be there!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:34 PM ET
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I don't read the backs of any book now because of this. 

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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 11:36 PM ET
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I recently read a book description for the 7th book of a series, and apparently a major character died at the end of book 6, because the description of book 7 starts out along the lines of "Still dealing with the death of her boyfriend <name here>, ...."


Date Posted: 1/16/2010 12:05 AM ET
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that sucks sara!

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 1:55 AM ET
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I hate when that happens. Although I remember one case where I was glad that they ruined it. I finished book one where the main hotty "dies" and I was so despondent that I wasn't sure I wanted to continue the series. In the bookstore I picked up the sequel, read the back, and found out that he is brought back to life or something. It's on my TBR pile now, which it wouldn't be if he had stayed dead. That's the one and only time I've liked a synopsis spoiler, though.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 4:36 AM ET
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oh man, i *hate* when the description of book 2 tells how book 1 ends.  there was one series i was looking at here on PBS, and book 2 had the spoiler-filled back of book description - and so i didn't bother.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:51 AM ET
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L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress series......be warned, the back cover blurbs most definitely give away the plots of prior books!

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:39 PM ET
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I understand -- in fact a couple of books you have talked about, I can guess which series it is. 

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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:09 PM ET
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What about a reviewer giving spoilers for previous books?  I was reading a review of C. L. Wilson's fourth book and I haven't read the third one yet, was waiting  for the fourth (which at that time was supposed to be the final book) and she gives away some information that to me really messed up book three.  I won't give it here just in case someone hasn't read the book yet, but you would think they would think of that; of people who haven't read the previous books and try not to give away important facts about earlier books.

And yes, I have had it happened to me in reading the back of books and it ticks me off.  The sad part of it is, you pick up a book somewhere and it isn't the first of the series, you read the back and then find out the ending of a previous book so it loses some of its cliffhanger aspect. 

We all know that the hero is going to win the heroine, that they are going, for the most part, have the HEA, but to be told how it is going to happen can ruin it for you.