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*actually, I do
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I don't know...I love footnotes. Rading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles right now, and they are a footnote extravaganza.
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My absolute favourite author was noted for his footnote fever. I'll never even try to read his books in electronic form because of it.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
My absolute favourite author was noted for his footnote fever. I'll never even try to read his books in electronic form because of it.


Mark Z. Danielewski?
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I read every tiny font word Phil Eklund writes
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Galstaff wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
My absolute favourite author was noted for his footnote fever. I'll never even try to read his books in electronic form because of it.


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Terry Pratchett.

Never head of Danielewski. A quick search reveals... ummm... very, very much not for me.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
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JasonJ0 wrote:
My absolute favourite author was noted for his footnote fever. I'll never even try to read his books in electronic form because of it.


Mark Z. Danielewski?


Terry Pratchett.

Never head of Danielewski. A quick search reveals... ummm... very, very much not for me.

Pratchett often had footnotes to his footnotes.

footnotes are one reason why I don't like reading non-fiction (and Pratchett) in electronic format.
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More of an endnote guy, m’self
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I've always wanted to add something like that to one of the ton of OCBOA cash basis non-profit financial statements I do. I know none of them are actually reading the disclosures. I don't, because well... I need a job.
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I read footnotes, afraid of missing a tidbit.
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I read footnotes, except when they're just references.
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I read footnotes. Where did you find that, Wif?
 
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I tend to read footnotes*.

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*That's because I read History at University, up to Master's level. It allows you to check sources, and, y'know, I'm an easily distracted History Geek. References only in my Masters footnotes(1). I like my footnotes at the bottom of the page, not at the back of the book, and certainly flipping not at the end of chapters(2). Textual footnotes are cool, but some people tend to do bloody huge ones that are often pages long(3). Of course, over use of footnotes can be - at best - a distraction(4), and - at worst - a sign of a pretentious, empty kind of Sixth Form post-modernism(5). Anyway, back to Snow and Steel: The Battle Of The Bulge, 1944-45, by Peter Caddick-Adams (London, 2014). Now there's a man who knows how to give good footnote(6).

(1)Postgraduate Research Footnotes Guidelines (University of Lancaster History Department, Lancaster, 1995), p.1.

(2)I'm looking at you, Palgrave Press.

(3)Nineteenth century European writers were a bunch of self-regarding, right up themselves tossers on this score. Marx and Kropotkin conducted whole debates in footnotes (Peter Marshall, Debates In The First International, London (2001), pp 45-8, note 3)(a).

(4)If it's worth saying, say it in the main text, you pontificating muppet.

(5)OOHH, look at me, can type in different fonts, cross some shit out and everything! I'm so Transgressive and Radical, and it'll pad out any tired, thin old shit. And maybe make French Goth undergrad chicks pay attention to me (Ed Sexby, Why The Guy That Wrote House Of Leaves Is Full Of Shit, in Collected Essays, pp. 23-48, London (forthcoming)).

(6) 146 pages of them, no less!

(a) I might have made some of these references up. Me and Jorge Luis Borges, we're tight like that.
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HerrJork wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
Galstaff wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
My absolute favourite author was noted for his footnote fever. I'll never even try to read his books in electronic form because of it.


Mark Z. Danielewski?


Terry Pratchett.

Never head of Danielewski. A quick search reveals... ummm... very, very much not for me.

Pratchett often had footnotes to his footnotes.

footnotes are one reason why I don't like reading non-fiction (and Pratchett) in electronic format.


I've got several Discworld on Kindle - the earlier versions needed some manipulation to get to the footnotes and back to the main page you were on, but they must have changed something, because now I can just blip over to the footnote to chuckle over it (which, of course,I have memorized as I've read these about 40 times each already) and then blip right back to the main page.

...of course, if you've got a different electronic version, may be more of a pain for you.
 
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Footnotes are crucial to understanding what on Earth is going on in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. There are subplots buried in epic, half-page footnotes.*

* Those footnotes are so long that when listening to the audio book, by the time the narrator has concluded with a footnote, you've no clue at all what was happening in the main action.
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DrFaust wrote:
Footnotes are crucial to understanding what on Earth is going on in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. There are subplots buried in epic, half-page footnotes.*

* Those footnotes are so long that when listening to the audio book, by the time the narrator has concluded with a footnote, you've no clue at all what was happening in the main action.


I was about to mention this book, and you beat me there.
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I read footnotes. Where did you find that, Wif?


Somebody retweeted it from Atlas Obscura, which is a cool account.
 
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George MacDonald Fraser also uses footnotes and endnotes in the Flashman books, both translating foreign terms and giving more background on the real historical actors and situations Flashy is involved with.

The Flashman books are that rare breed - books with foot/endnotes that make me laugh out loud.
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