This is a weird one that came up last night, so bizarre in fact, I wanted to run it past other writers. I had a friend drop by last night to borrow something and while he was here, he was kind of reading over my shoulder while I was doing some editing on a book. He's not a writer, I don't think he's really a big reader, but he asked me a question about a scene I was working on and I told him that it referred to something that had happened in a previous book. And he said "Aren't you just assuming that people had read your previous book?" Well yes, that's the assumption. This is the second book in a series, after all. I don't know if he didn't think about it before he said it or what, but it got me thinking, at least half-heartedly. Is that an assumption that we shouldn't make? I mean, it sounds ridiculous to me, but might people just jump into the middle of a trilogy without reading the first book? How much recap do we give for people who just can't count? For that matter, what about readers who don't decide to start at the beginning of the book? Someone just might decide that chapter 6 is a good place to start reading. It gets silly the more you think about it, but it might be interesting, in a light-hearted way, to talk about.