In thinking about Betsy Tobin’s novel Ice Land (register for the free book giveaway), I was curious to know what others prefer in regards to character perspective and tenses in novels. Tobin’s novel is a bit unconvential, told from multiple character persepctives (both first and third person) and all in the present tense. I rarely read novels written in the present tense and wanted to know what other readers thought about using this tense in writing. Do you prefer novels written in the traditional past tense? Do you like authors who experiment with different tenses and perspectives? If you’re a writer, do you experiment yourself with these techinques? Do you prefer novels written in the first person, third person, or multiple third person perspectives? Anne Gilbert and I have been discussing this topic back and forth for the past week, and I wanted others to weigh in on it.