So, let me start by clarifying what I mean by this. It is, as far as I'm aware, not a common tactic, but one that is seen and I'm sure that you'll all likely have read at least one novel that uses this. So, this is where part (the "part" varying in size) of the novel is revealed right at the beginning of the novel. It could be simply an excerpt of text that's been copied and pasted, or it could be a character having a flashback. For example, imagine the novel is about a man who has a week to build a spaceship to take him and his family to the moon before something bad happens. The opening part of the novel could be something like this: And then the story starts where this guy gets his task and blah blah blah. Now, obviously, the above example wasn't a good one since what this, I presume, is intending to do, is to get you excited about he novel and wanting to find how this all fits in place. Despite this though, I always used to be very sceptical about this idea, for the simple reason that it tells you what is going to happen and, what's the point of a novel (or film, game, anything) if you know what happens in the end? Yet, despite this, I've seen it used in a few places very effectively, most recently upon reading Ian Rankin's Closed Doors. So, my fellow forum-goers, what opinion do you hold on this? Is it effective? And when, if ever, should this technique be employed?