Saw an interesting discussion post by Krista over at Nawanda Files about whether or not the size of a book matters. This hit home with me because I recently had my arm twisted over a chunkster book.
The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts is well over 800 pages...scary huge! My friend Tammy and the publisher rep ganged up on me at Comic Con and told me I really needed to read this one....arm is still sore from all the twisting! *L*
Chunkster books are a little scary to me. They demand a huge commitment of time, where I could easily read 2-3 smaller books. I still haven't read Under the Dome despite stellar reviews, just because it's so huge. Even my DH has read it! Took him a few months, but he read it!
Conversely, book height doesn't really bother me, unless it's just out and out odd. Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks are fine so long as they're at industry standard. What I don't like is when there's a slightly taller than normal mass market, or a smaller than usual hardcover. That messes up the aesthetics of my bookshelves.
I also don't like it when a series starts out one way, then switches halfway through. I like my series to match! If it starts out in mass market, don't switch to hardcover or trade! Consistency please! Yes, I'm anal that way. :)
So how about you? Am I the only one afraid of chunkster books? Do overly tall books make your eye twitch? Is it a point of honor that your books be a certain length? Does size really matter?