I finally let Hubbykins read my whole manuscript, and he finished it in two nights, which was heartening in itself. With me sitting near him pretty much the whole time, I got a running commentary. I realized he's the first guy who's read the story. Quite interesting, the male perspective. The things he focused in on were primarily plot details and repetitive phrases. Also, how the love interest would really be feeling about the situation he found himself in. Most of the (female) critiquers who have read the story have zeroed in on emotional reactions and depth.
My favorite comment of his, halfway in: "You're not going to pull a LOST on me, are you? I'm going to be mad if I don't get answers until the last page and they're not even satisfying."
He reassured me after finishing that I did not pull a LOST.
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