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* The last book of the ''[[Literature/TheHeartstrikers Heartstrikers]]'' series, ''Literature/LastDragonStanding'', depends so heavily on twists and plot revelations from the previous books that the blurb basically throws up its hands and goes, "Look, we can't summarize the premise without spoiling all the other books, but stuff's going to go down, okay?"


* Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'' series? The blurb on the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the inside that [[spoiler: David, the protagonist of the first three books, [[HeroicSacrifice dies at the end]] of the third book.]]


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* Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's ''Literature/TheLastDragonChronicles'' series? The blurb on the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the inside that [[spoiler: David, the protagonist of the first three books, [[HeroicSacrifice dies at the end]] of the third book.]]


* The first book of Literature/TheUltraViolets builds up to [[spoiler: Opal pulling a FaceHeelTurn and become a primary antagonist, as well as her finding out what her powers are]]. Both of these plot points are immediately spoiled by looking at the second book’s cover.

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* The first book of Literature/TheUltraViolets builds up to [[spoiler: Opal pulling a FaceHeelTurn and become becoming a primary antagonist, as well as her finding out what her powers are]]. Both of these plot points are immediately spoiled by looking at the second book’s cover.

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* The last of Creator/EllisPeters' [[Literature/FelseInvestigates George Felse murder mysteries]], ''Rainbow's End'', is set in the same town as an earlier instalment, ''The Knocker on Death's Door'', and a couple of major characters from that novel reappear in supporting roles -- thereby giving away the outcome of the earlier novel's romantic subplot and significantly diminishing the pool of suspects for its murder mystery.


* So you're reading the first book of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, you come to the very end, turn the page, and staring you right in the face is an excerpt the first chapter from the ''eleventh'' book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character.

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* So you're reading the first book of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, you come to the very end, turn the page, and staring you right in the face is an excerpt the first chapter from the ''eleventh'' book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character. Also, good luck avoiding the revelation that [[spoiler:Tom Theisman and his compatriots succeed in their efforts to take down the Committee of Public Safety and restore Haven to its original form as a genuine democracy]] unless you pathologically avoid any book released after ''Ashes of Victory''....


** Certain editions of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.\\

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** Certain editions of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.\\



** The Harper Torch printings of the older ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you ''have'' read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. (Not a ''huge'' spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
** The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''). The one for ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' is [[http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/055/215/0552153257.jpg a bit of a giveaway]] for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
** Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read the first book of a series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the first Moist von Lipwig book, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which includes spoilers to nearly all of the city watch books and ''Discworld/TheTruth''. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.

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** The Harper Torch printings of the older ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you ''have'' read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''.''Literature/MenAtArms''. (Not a ''huge'' spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
** The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''). ''Literature/CarpeJugulum''). The one for ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' is [[http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/055/215/0552153257.jpg a bit of a giveaway]] for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
** Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read the first book of a series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the first Moist von Lipwig book, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', ''Literature/GoingPostal'', which includes spoilers to nearly all of the city watch books and ''Discworld/TheTruth''.''Literature/TheTruth''. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.



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* Inspector Literature/{{Rebus}} was intended as a OneShotCharacter for ''Knots and Crosses'' and the story was written to suggest that Rebus himself could be the killer. The fact that he has since returned for another 18 novels (and counting) is a bit of a giveaway that he wasn't.

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* ''Literature/{{Seawalkers}}'': In the first book Jack Clearwater mentions the plan of the Big Bad from [[Literature/{{Woodwalkers}} the prequel]] which was originally a big surprise in said series.

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* The first book of Literature/TheUltraViolets builds up to [[spoiler: Opal pulling a FaceHeelTurn and become a primary antagonist, as well as her finding out what her powers are]]. Both of these plot points are immediately spoiled by looking at the second book’s cover.


* ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'': The front cover art of ''The Moment of the Magician'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster spoils what is clearly written to be a surprise, [[spoiler:that the new evil magician in town is a kid's party magician who stumbled in from our own world, and now his lame magic works]].

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* ''Literature/OldKingdom'': In ''Sabriel'', the revelation that [[spoiler:Touchstone is the last survivor of the royal family]] comes as a surprise (with excellent foreshadowing). It's not really possible to talk about the books set after it without revealing this.


* In the ''Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries'', the identity of the serial killer in the second book is mentioned repeatedly in later books. He essentially becomes Patrick Kenzie's boogeyman, with his memory constantly haunting his nightmares. It's easy to forget that in the second book, he was introduced as [[spoiler: Gerry Glynn, the retired policeman who runs a bar in Patrick's neighborhood]].
** Also, the sixth book is a direct follow-up to ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'', the fourth book in the series. The conclusion to that one, where [[spoiler: Kenzie rescues the girl from her loving kidnappers and returns her to her neglectful drug-addict mother,]] is spoiled on the back cover of the sixth book.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Edward is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. You can glean that from ''the back of the book''. This despite the fact that it tries to keep the reader guessing what Edward's deal is for about the first half of the book.
** It's really more of DramaticIrony than "keeping the reader guessing"; the reader knows, but Bella still needs to figure it out.
** And then book two does it again with Jacob being a werewolf. Possibly the reason that "Eclipse" has a slightly better reputation is that it's a big relief to not spend the whole first half waiting for a twist that everyone already knows.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Certain editions of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.\\
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By the way, the character summaries of these editions are found all the way back in the first book of ''Discworld'', which doesn't even have the City Watch. In fact only four of the seventeen characters in the summaries are even in the book and only two of those played a major part.
** The Harper Torch printings of the older ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you ''have'' read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. (Not a ''huge'' spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
** The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''). The one for ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' is [[http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/055/215/0552153257.jpg a bit of a giveaway]] for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
** Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read the first book of a series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the first Moist von Lipwig book, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which includes spoilers to nearly all of the city watch books and ''Discworld/TheTruth''. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.
* TheReveal at the ending of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'''s first book? Rand is the Dragon Reborn. The cover of the third book? A triumphant Rand, with the words "The Dragon Reborn" written in big, bold letters.
* The front cover art of ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} The Moment of the Magician]]'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster spoils what is clearly written to be a surprise, [[spoiler:that the new evil magician in town is a kid's party magician who stumbled in from our own world, and now his lame magic works]].
* Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'' series? The blurb on the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the inside that [[spoiler: David, the protagonist of the first three books, [[HeroicSacrifice dies at the end]] of the third book.]]
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', as originally conceived, was a mystery. You weren't supposed to know Hyde was Jekyll all potioned up. Thanks to numerous film adaptations, ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and [[JekyllAndHyde the phrase]] being constantly used in popular culture, it's not a mystery anymore.

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in the second book is mentioned repeatedly in later books. He essentially becomes Patrick Kenzie's boogeyman, with his memory constantly haunting his nightmares. It's easy to forget that in the second book, he was introduced as [[spoiler: Gerry Glynn, the retired policeman who runs a bar in Patrick's neighborhood]].
** Also, the sixth book is a direct follow-up to ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'', the fourth book in the series. The conclusion to that one, where [[spoiler: Kenzie rescues the girl from her loving kidnappers and returns her to her neglectful drug-addict mother,]] is spoiled on the back cover of the sixth book.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Edward is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. You can glean that from ''the back of the book''. This despite the fact that it tries to keep the reader guessing what Edward's deal is for about the first half of the book.
** It's really more of DramaticIrony than "keeping the reader guessing"; the reader knows, but Bella still needs to figure it out.
** And then book two does it again with Jacob being a werewolf. Possibly the reason that "Eclipse" has a slightly better reputation is that it's a big relief to not spend the whole first half waiting for a twist that everyone already knows.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Certain editions of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.\\
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By the way, the character summaries of these editions are found all the way back in the first book of ''Discworld'', which doesn't even have the City Watch. In fact only four of the seventeen characters in the summaries are even in the book and only two of those played a major part.
** The Harper Torch printings of the older ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you ''have'' read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. (Not a ''huge'' spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
** The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''). The one for ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' is [[http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/055/215/0552153257.jpg a bit of a giveaway]] for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
** Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read the first book of a series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the first Moist von Lipwig book, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which includes spoilers to nearly all of the city watch books and ''Discworld/TheTruth''. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.
* TheReveal at the ending of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'''s first book? Rand is the Dragon Reborn. The cover of the third book? A triumphant Rand, with the words "The Dragon Reborn" written in big, bold letters.
* The front cover art of ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} The Moment of the Magician]]'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster spoils what is clearly written to be a surprise, [[spoiler:that the new evil magician in town is a kid's party magician who stumbled in from our own world, and now his lame magic works]].
* Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'' series? The blurb on the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the inside that [[spoiler: David, the protagonist of the first three books, [[HeroicSacrifice dies at the end]] of the third book.]]
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', as originally conceived, was a mystery. You weren't supposed to know Hyde was Jekyll all potioned up. Thanks to numerous film adaptations, ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and [[JekyllAndHyde the phrase]] being constantly used in popular culture, it's not a mystery anymore.
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* In some parts of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fandom, something only counts as a spoiler if it happened in a book that came out less than a month ago. If the book is more than a month old, well... too bad. There's a good reason for that, though: even ''names'' can be spoilers; for instance, most fans call Bramblestar by his leader name since it ''is'' the character's name now, even though it took the series 24 books (not counting all the side books) to reach that point, and it means that the one main character Firestar has died, so it's a pretty major spoiler. The phenomenon also appears in the books themselves:
** The blurb for ''Sunrise'' spoils the [[WhamEpisode climax of the previous book]].
** There are several spoiler titles, such as the ''Tigerstar and Sasha'' manga (ignoring the name thing, it's a spoiler for ''Moonrise'').
** And, of course, the character lists in the front of the books, which are so riddled with spoilers it's a wonder they still put them in the front of the books. If a character dies sometime in the book, they are treated as dead.
* In the ''Blue is for Nightmares'' series, [[spoiler:Jacob dies]] at the end of ''Silver is for Secrets''. This is helpfully revealed on the back of the sequel ''Red is for Remembrance''. Of course, the back of ''Black is for Beginnings'' helpfully notes out that [[spoiler: he actually was Not Dead Yet]].
* Enoch Root, of Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' is [[spoiler: immortal]]. Treated as a surprise in ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'', but since he's the very first character to appear in ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' [[spoiler: (which takes place somewhere in the range of 300 years earlier)]], you'll know he's [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]] even if all you know about him from ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' is that he appeared in that book.
* First words on the back of the second ''Literature/TawnyMan'' book by Creator/RobinHobb? [[spoiler:Nighteyes is dead.]] Thanks a lot.
* French translation of the title of Lois [=McMaster=] Bujold's first book in the ''Vorkosigan'' series, ''Shards of Honor'', was ''Cordelia Vorkosigan'', calling the heroine by her married name, said marriage occurring at the very end of the book and being quite hard-won by that time.
** And in ''Cordelia's Honor'', ''Barrayar'' and ''Shards of Honor'' packaged together, the blurb on the back spoils the first half of the book for anyone who was new in coming to the ''Vorkosigan Saga''.
* Because the ''whole plot'' takes off from it, the inside dust jacket (and subsequent paperback covers) for Sidney Sheldon's ''Memories of Midnight'' had to spoil the TwistEnding of ''The Other Side of Midnight'': [[spoiler: Catherine didn't die, but Constantin had her rescued and hidden so Larry and Noelle would be tried and executed for her murder]]. It's worth noting that the book was intended to work as a standalone novel as well as a sequel, via extended flashbacks to what happened in its predecessor.
* There is a pulp horror novel published in 1978 and written by David Anne called ''Rabid'', about the rabies virus spreading to the previously (and actually) rabies-free British Isles. The back-cover copy on the paperback edition ended with: "And when the virus mutated, became airborne, all mankind would know what it meant to be RABID!" The element of the virus mutating into an airborne form was a ''twist ending'' on the last page of the book and it had nothing to do with the book's primary plot.

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* In some parts ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', the cover of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fandom, something only counts as a spoiler if it happened in a second book spoils that C.J. eventually becomes a butterfly.
* Reading ''A Girl From Earth'', one of the first books in ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'', isn't half as exciting if one has already read some of the later novels or seen ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture''. [[spoiler:Rat's notorious shapeshifting abilities]] are a key plot point in this book (the reason behind Dr. Verkhovtsev's apparently strange behavior), while further on they become a given and don't even particularly surprise anyone.
* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' tie-in guide books and encyclopedias by Scholastic always avoided spoiling story details from the novels/movies
that came out less than a month ago. If around the book is more than a month old, well... too bad. There's a good reason for that, though: same time, even ''names'' can be spoilers; for instance, most fans call Bramblestar by his leader name since it ''is'' the character's name now, even though it took the series 24 books (not counting all the side books) to reach if this meant that point, and it means their infos would be incomplete. The publishing company Ameet didn't have such qualms: ''Makuta's Guide to the Universe'' is built on the twist that [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta successfully takes over the universe]], as well as that the one main character Firestar has died, so it's "universe" is actually a pretty major spoiler. The phenomenon also appears in [[HumongousMecha giant robot]], the books themselves:
** The blurb for ''Sunrise'' spoils the [[WhamEpisode climax
[[PhysicalGod true manifestation]] of the previous book]].
** There are several spoiler titles, such as
Great Spirit Mata Nui. The followup ''Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna'' also reveals the ''Tigerstar and Sasha'' manga (ignoring the name thing, it's a spoiler for ''Moonrise'').
** And, of course, the character lists in the front
identity of the books, which are so riddled with spoilers it's a wonder they still put them in traitor and Mata Nui's victory over Tuma on the front of the books. If a character dies sometime in the book, they are treated as dead.
very last pages.
* In the ''Blue is for Nightmares'' series, [[spoiler:Jacob dies]] at the end of ''Silver is for Secrets''. This is helpfully revealed on the back of the sequel ''Red is for Remembrance''. Of course, the back of ''Black is for Beginnings'' helpfully notes out that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he actually was Not Dead Yet]].
* Enoch Root, ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** At the end
of Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' the fifth volume, Accelerator [[spoiler:undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, but also suffers brain damage that leaves him dependent on external help to function. He then becomes the series' deuteragonist]]. The covers and ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' is [[spoiler: immortal]]. Treated as a surprise in ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'', but since he's blurbs of several later books don't hide this.
** To an even greater extent, [[PhysicalGod Othinus]],
the very BigBad for the first character to appear in ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' [[spoiler: (which takes place somewhere in the range of 300 years earlier)]], you'll know he's [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]] even if all you know about him from ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' is that he appeared in that book.
* First words on the back
part of the second ''Literature/TawnyMan'' book series. She [[spoiler:succeeds in gaining her full power and destroys the entire world, then successfully breaks main character Touma by Creator/RobinHobb? [[spoiler:Nighteyes is dead.]] Thanks putting him through countless different hells. After he regains the will to fight, Touma talks her into a lot.
* French translation
HeelFaceTurn and she restores the world to normal. Touma then fights the rest of the title of Lois [=McMaster=] Bujold's first world to protect Othinus, who ends up losing all her power and turning into a tiny fairy who moves in with Touma as a second freeloader]]. The cover to the tenth book in the ''Vorkosigan'' series, ''Shards of Honor'', was ''Cordelia Vorkosigan'', calling the heroine by her married name, said marriage occurring at the very end of the book and being quite hard-won by that time.
** And in ''Cordelia's Honor'', ''Barrayar'' and ''Shards of Honor'' packaged together, the blurb on the back
spoils everything except the first half last part, as it depicts [[spoiler:Touma standing protectively in front of Othinus]]. There's also the book twelfth book's cover, which depicts [[spoiler:the shrunken Othinus on Touma's head.]]
* It's typical
for anyone who was new in coming to the ''Vorkosigan Saga''.
* Because the ''whole plot'' takes off from it, the inside dust jacket (and subsequent paperback covers)
cover blurbs for Sidney Sheldon's ''Memories of Midnight'' had ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'' to spoil the TwistEnding ending of ''The Other Side of Midnight'': [[spoiler: Catherine didn't die, but Constantin had her rescued and hidden so Larry and Noelle would be tried and executed for her murder]]. It's worth noting that the book was intended to work as a standalone novel as well as a sequel, via extended flashbacks to what happened in its predecessor.
* There
''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (''Elevator'' is a pulp horror novel published in 1978 and written by David Anne called ''Rabid'', about the rabies virus spreading to the previously (and actually) rabies-free British Isles. The back-cover copy on the paperback edition ended with: "And when the virus mutated, became airborne, all mankind would know what it meant to be RABID!" The element of the virus mutating into an airborne form was a ''twist ending'' on the last page of the book and it had nothing to do with the book's primary plot.ImmediateSequel).



* So you're reading the first book of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, you come to the very end, turn the page, and staring you right in the face is an excerpt the first chapter from the ''eleventh'' book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character.
* In ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'', the back cover blurb for book 2 gives away the plot twist at the end of book 1, and the back cover blurb of book 3 gives away the plot twists for books 1 and 2. Tough luck for those who want to read the entire series at once.
* The second paragraph of the blurb for ''Inkdeath'' starts, "[[spoiler:The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead.]]" Okay, we know the movie and the book end differently, but come on!
* The first book of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series ends with the execution of [[spoiler: [[DecoyProtagonist Ned Stark]]]] and the fallout from this event fuels the plot of the next book; this, along with the fact that Daenerys managed to [[spoiler:hatch the fossilised dragon eggs]], is spoiled in some versions of the blurbs of later books. The fact that [[spoiler:the fifth novel is called ''A Dance with Dragons'']] probably also gave this away. Other major events throughout the series are also spoiled in this way, including [[spoiler:Jaime and Cersei's incest, Robert's death, Stannis' defeat, Joffrey's death, and many more]].
* In the short [[DeathByNewberyMedal Newbery-award winning]] book, ''Literature/OnMyHonor'', the summary on the back spoils what is probably the only [[SliceOfLife plot point in the entire novel]][[note]] The fact that one of the characters drowns to death[[/note]].
* The two big twists at the end of the first ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' novel, ''The Lightning Thief'', are that [[spoiler: Kronos is the BigBad of the series, with Luke, Percy's BigBrotherMentor as his [[TheDragon Dragon]]]]. Reading the blurb of any of the subsequent books spoils at least one of these twists, if not both.
* So, you decide that you are interested in reading the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' books. You glance at the fifth book and decide to look at the blurb. Congratulations, the blurb has spoilered for you the huge twist at the end of the fourth book, which reveals that [[spoiler:Valkyrie is Darquesse]].
* Minor example in ''Old Man's War'' by Creator/JohnScalzi. It's obviously supposed to be a surprise to the reader what [[spoiler: the Ghost Brigades]] really are. The first time the protagonist hears the expression, he thinks it's a joke. Later, he learns that they exist, but thinks the name is just a nickname. However, since that very term is the title of a later book, if the reader is already aware of Scalzi's other works when reading ''Old Man's War'', it is glaringly obvious that this will be important later. And the context of its first appearance gives away what it is.
* Present in various blurbs of later books for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Thomas being [[spoiler:Harry's half-brother]] and Molly [[spoiler:becoming Harry's apprentice]] are some of the most-used ones. However, given the ending of ''Changes'' ([[spoiler:OurHeroIsDead]]), it is flat-out ''impossible'' to talk about the plot of the next book, ''Ghost Story'', without giving away the last few pages of ''Changes''.
** One notable aversion: Creator/JimButcher's original proposed title for ''Ghost Story'' was simply [[spoiler:''Dead'']], but [[ExecutiveMeddling his publishers rejected it]] based on this principle.

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* So you're reading the first book Enoch Root, of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, you come to the very end, turn the page, Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and staring you right in the face ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' is an excerpt the first chapter from the ''eleventh'' book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character.
* In ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'', the back cover blurb for book 2 gives away the plot twist at the end of book 1, and the back cover blurb of book 3 gives away the plot twists for books 1 and 2. Tough luck for those who want to read the entire series at once.
* The second paragraph of the blurb for ''Inkdeath'' starts, "[[spoiler:The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead.]]" Okay, we know the movie and the book end differently, but come on!
* The first book of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series ends with the execution of [[spoiler: [[DecoyProtagonist Ned Stark]]]] and the fallout from this event fuels the plot of the next book; this, along with the fact that Daenerys managed to [[spoiler:hatch the fossilised dragon eggs]], is spoiled in some versions of the blurbs of later books. The fact that [[spoiler:the fifth novel is called ''A Dance with Dragons'']] probably also gave this away. Other major events throughout the series are also spoiled in this way, including [[spoiler:Jaime and Cersei's incest, Robert's death, Stannis' defeat, Joffrey's death, and many more]].
* In the short [[DeathByNewberyMedal Newbery-award winning]] book, ''Literature/OnMyHonor'', the summary on the back spoils what is probably the only [[SliceOfLife plot point in the entire novel]][[note]] The fact that one of the characters drowns to death[[/note]].
* The two big twists at the end of the first ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' novel, ''The Lightning Thief'', are that [[spoiler: Kronos is the BigBad of the series, with Luke, Percy's BigBrotherMentor
[[spoiler:immortal]]. Treated as his [[TheDragon Dragon]]]]. Reading the blurb of any of the subsequent books spoils at least one of these twists, if not both.
* So, you decide that you are interested in reading the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' books. You glance at the fifth book and decide to look at the blurb. Congratulations, the blurb has spoilered for you the huge twist at the end of the fourth book, which reveals that [[spoiler:Valkyrie is Darquesse]].
* Minor example in ''Old Man's War'' by Creator/JohnScalzi. It's obviously supposed to be
a surprise to in ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'', but since he's the reader what [[spoiler: the Ghost Brigades]] really are. The very first time character to appear in ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' [[spoiler:(which takes place somewhere in the protagonist hears the expression, he thinks it's a joke. Later, he learns that they exist, but thinks the name is just a nickname. However, since that very term is the title range of a later book, 300 years earlier)]], you'll know he's [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld]] even if the reader is already aware of Scalzi's other works when reading ''Old Man's War'', it is glaringly obvious that this will be important later. And the context of its first appearance gives away what it is.
* Present in various blurbs of later books for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Thomas being [[spoiler:Harry's half-brother]] and Molly [[spoiler:becoming Harry's apprentice]] are some of the most-used ones. However, given the ending of ''Changes'' ([[spoiler:OurHeroIsDead]]), it is flat-out ''impossible'' to talk
all you know about the plot of the next book, ''Ghost Story'', without giving away the last few pages of ''Changes''.
** One notable aversion: Creator/JimButcher's original proposed title for ''Ghost Story'' was simply [[spoiler:''Dead'']], but [[ExecutiveMeddling his publishers rejected it]] based on this principle.
him from ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' is that he appeared in that book.



* PIGS DON'T FLY, the first book of a trilogy by Mary Brown, gives away the climactic surprise of the novel in the blurb on the front cover of the paperback original! Pigs don't fly....[[spoiler: "But dragons do," spoiling the secret that the winged piglet adopted by the heroine is actually a baby dragon]].

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* PIGS DON'T FLY, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Certain editions of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' contains character summaries of the "Duke of Ankh, Commander" Vimes, and "Captain" Carrot. For those who don't know, this is the first book of the Watch series, and it ends with a still-drunken Captain Vimes, and a still-naive Lance-Corporal Carrot.\\
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By the way, the character summaries of these editions are found all the way back in the first book of ''Discworld'', which doesn't even have the City Watch. In fact only four of the seventeen characters in the summaries are even in the book and only two of those played a major part.
** The Harper Torch printings of the older ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books tend to assume you've read them already, so they tend to have fairly spoileriffic images on the cover. To their credit, the spoiler usually doesn't make sense until you ''have'' read the book, but it's still not cool to put the gonne on the cover of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. (Not a ''huge'' spoiler though, as anybody in Roundworld rather than the Discworld will know what the weapon was as soon as the first death occurs. Any cover image or blurb that shows a plot element is equivalent, since you wouldn't otherwise know about the book until you started to read it.)
** The "classy" Corgi reprints have black covers with something symbolic or significant (e.g. vampire teeth for ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''). The one for ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' is [[http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/055/215/0552153257.jpg a bit of a giveaway]] for a book that even calls itself a "howdunnit".
** Not only does this happen with the endings of the Discworld books, but it will automatically happen if you read
the first book of a trilogy by Mary Brown, gives away series published after any earlier work. This is most glaring with the climactic surprise first Moist von Lipwig book, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which includes spoilers to nearly all of the novel city watch books and ''Discworld/TheTruth''. As this is one of the most popular novels in the series, and one of the more recently published, it is a real problem for new fans unsure of where to really start.
* Haven't read the first three books in Chris D'Lacy's ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'' series? The
blurb on the front cover of [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] doesn't seem to care, since it reveals right on the paperback original! Pigs don't fly....inside that [[spoiler: "But dragons do," spoiling David, the secret protagonist of the first three books, [[HeroicSacrifice dies at the end]] of the third book.]]
* Present in various blurbs of later books for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Thomas being [[spoiler:Harry's half-brother]] and Molly [[spoiler:becoming Harry's apprentice]] are some of the most-used ones. However, given the ending of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' ([[spoiler:OurHeroIsDead]]), it is flat-out ''impossible'' to talk about the plot of the next book, ''Literature/GhostStory'', without giving away the last few pages of ''Changes''.
** One notable aversion: Creator/JimButcher's original proposed title for ''Ghost Story'' was simply [[spoiler:''Dead'']], but [[ExecutiveMeddling his publishers rejected it]] based on this principle.
* Creator/AgathaChristie sometimes revealed the solutions of earlier novels in her Literature/HerculePoirot books, apparently assuming
that all her readers had already read them. The worst case is in ''Dumb Witness'', when Poirot casually drops the winged piglet adopted by names of the heroine murderers in '''four''' earlier novels in a single sentence.
* So you're reading the first book of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, you come to the very end, turn the page, and staring you right in the face
is actually a baby dragon]].an excerpt the first chapter from the ''eleventh'' book in the series that goes and spoils just about every plot point related directly to the main character.
* ''Catching Fire'', the second book in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series, has "Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark." as the first sentence on the back of the book.
* The second paragraph of the blurb for ''Inkdeath'' starts, "[[spoiler:The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead.]]" Okay, we know the movie and the book end differently, but come on!



* In the ''Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries'', the identity of the serial killer in the second book is mentioned repeatedly in later books. He essentially becomes Patrick Kenzie's boogeyman, with his memory constantly haunting his nightmares. It's easy to forget that in the second book, he was introduced as [[spoiler: Gerry Glynn, the retired policeman who runs a bar in Patrick's neighborhood]].
** Also, the sixth book is a direct follow-up to ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'', the fourth book in the series. The conclusion to that one, where [[spoiler: Kenzie rescues the girl from her loving kidnappers and returns her to her neglectful drug-addict mother,]] is spoiled on the back cover of the sixth book.
* The ''Literature/KingdomHeartsII'' novel almost seems to be written to some degree as if for those who have already played ''Kingdom Hearts II'', as well as some of the latter installments as well. It is much more open about certain things that in the game are not revealed until much later on or are obscured at best, such as that [[spoiler:Riku is the hooded figure working [=DiZ=] and Naminé at the beginning of the game]], that [[spoiler:the Organization is using Sora/Roxas to collect hearts]] and contrary to what they think [[spoiler:Nobodies actually can have hearts]], something that is only made clear in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. Saïx ponders over the fact that Axel [[spoiler:has managed to gain a heart, and Naminé tells him point blank that he too has one, though he doesn't realize it.]]



* In the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' the climax of book one results in Lesley getting her face ripped off, the rest of the series she has to wear a face mask to cover the wounds. Since she is originally introduced as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, this has necessitated putting nearly everything she does in later books in spoiler tags.

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* Because the ''whole plot'' takes off from it, the inside dust jacket (and subsequent paperback covers) for Sidney Sheldon's ''Memories of Midnight'' had to spoil the TwistEnding of ''The Other Side of Midnight'': [[spoiler: Catherine didn't die, but Constantin had her rescued and hidden so Larry and Noelle would be tried and executed for her murder]]. It's worth noting that the book was intended to work as a standalone novel as well as a sequel, via extended flashbacks to what happened in its predecessor.
* In ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', it's a big plot twist when [[spoiler:Sylvia Daisy]] is revealed to be a member of Abner Brown's gang.
In the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' sequel, ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights'', the climax of book one results in Lesley getting her face ripped off, same character is openly working with the rest of the series she has to wear a face mask to cover the wounds. Since she is originally introduced as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, this has necessitated putting nearly everything she does in later books in spoiler tags.gang.



* The ''New York Times''[='=] obituary of Creator/UmbertoEco gleefully spoils just about every late-stage plot twist for ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' imaginable with no forewarning, and to make it even more insufferable, describes the plot as if the reader hasn't read it yet.
* Minor example in ''Literature/OldMansWar'' by Creator/JohnScalzi. It's obviously supposed to be a surprise to the reader what [[spoiler: the Ghost Brigades]] really are. The first time the protagonist hears the expression, he thinks it's a joke. Later, he learns that they exist, but thinks the name is just a nickname. However, since that very term is the title of a later book, if the reader is already aware of Scalzi's other works when reading ''Old Man's War'', it is glaringly obvious that this will be important later. And the context of its first appearance gives away what it is.
* In the short [[DeathByNewberyMedal Newbery-award winning]] book, ''Literature/OnMyHonor'', the summary on the back spoils what is probably the only [[SliceOfLife plot point in the entire novel]][[note]] The fact that one of the characters drowns to death[[/note]].
* In ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'', the back cover blurb for book 2 gives away the plot twist at the end of book 1, and the back cover blurb of book 3 gives away the plot twists for books 1 and 2. Tough luck for those who want to read the entire series at once.
* The two big twists at the end of the first ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' novel, ''The Lightning Thief'', are that [[spoiler: Kronos is the BigBad of the series, with Luke, Percy's BigBrotherMentor as his [[TheDragon Dragon]]]]. Reading the blurb of any of the subsequent books spoils at least one of these twists, if not both.
* ''Pigs Don't Fly'', the first book of a trilogy by Mary Brown, gives away the climactic surprise of the novel in the blurb on the front cover of the paperback original! Pigs don't fly... [[spoiler:"But dragons do", spoiling the secret that the winged piglet adopted by the heroine is actually a baby dragon]].
* There is a pulp horror novel published in 1978 and written by David Anne called ''Rabid'', about the rabies virus spreading to the previously (and actually) rabies-free British Isles. The back-cover copy on the paperback edition ended with: "And when the virus mutated, became airborne, all mankind would know what it meant to be RABID!" The element of the virus mutating into an airborne form was a ''twist ending'' on the last page of the book and it had nothing to do with the book's primary plot.
* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', the climax of book one results in Lesley getting her face ripped off. For the rest of the series, she has to wear a face mask to cover the wounds, and they are a major impetus for her later actions. Since she is originally introduced as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, this has necessitated putting nearly everything she does in later books in spoiler tags.
* The penny dreadful-esque paperback re-releases of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' were clearly aimed at long-term fans rather than newer readers as the one-word subtitles were rather spoilery (e.g. ''The Reptile Room'', or ''[[spoiler:Murder!]]'') The editions only got as far as the first three installments, but had the fourth been released it would have been under the title ''The Miserable Mill'', or ''[[spoiler:Hypnotism!]]'', thereby giving away chapters' worth of intrigue in which Violet struggles to figure out why her brother Klaus is acting so weird. (To be fair, the back cover of the original did as much.)
* So, you decide that you are interested in reading the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' books. You glance at the fifth book and decide to look at the blurb. Congratulations, the blurb has spoilered for you the huge twist at the end of the fourth book, which reveals that [[spoiler:Valkyrie is Darquesse]].
* The first book of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series ends with the execution of [[spoiler: [[DecoyProtagonist Ned Stark]]]] and the fallout from this event fuels the plot of the next book; this, along with the fact that Daenerys managed to [[spoiler:hatch the fossilised dragon eggs]], is spoiled in some versions of the blurbs of later books. The fact that [[spoiler:the fifth novel is called ''A Dance with Dragons'']] probably also gave this away. Other major events throughout the series are also spoiled in this way, including [[spoiler:Jaime and Cersei's incest, Robert's death, Stannis' defeat, Joffrey's death, and many more]].
* ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'': The front cover art of ''The Moment of the Magician'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster spoils what is clearly written to be a surprise, [[spoiler:that the new evil magician in town is a kid's party magician who stumbled in from our own world, and now his lame magic works]].
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', as originally conceived, was a mystery. You weren't supposed to know Hyde was Jekyll all potioned up. Thanks to numerous film adaptations, ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and [[JekyllAndHyde the phrase]] being constantly used in popular culture, it's not a mystery anymore.
* First words on the back of the second ''Literature/TawnyMan'' book by Creator/RobinHobb? [[spoiler:Nighteyes is dead.]] Thanks a lot.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Edward is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. You can glean that from ''the back of the book''. This despite the fact that it tries to keep the reader guessing what Edward's deal is for about the first half of the book.
** It's really more of DramaticIrony than "keeping the reader guessing"; the reader knows, but Bella still needs to figure it out.
** And then book two does it again with Jacob being a werewolf. Possibly the reason that "Eclipse" has a slightly better reputation is that it's a big relief to not spend the whole first half waiting for a twist that everyone already knows.



* It's typical for cover blurbs for ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'' to spoil the ending of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (''Elevator'' is an ImmediateSequel).
* The penny dreadful-esque paperback re-releases of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' were clearly aimed at long-term fans rather than newer readers as the one-word subtitles were rather spoilery (e.g. ''The Reptile Room,'' or ''[[spoiler:Murder!]]'') The editions only got as far as the first three installments, but had the fourth been released it would have been under the title ''The Miserable Mill,'' or ''[[spoiler:Hypnotism!]]'', thereby giving away chapters' worth of intrigue in which Violet struggles to figure out why her brother Klaus is acting so weird. (To be fair, the back cover of the original did as much.)
* ''Catching Fire'', the second book in the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series, has "Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark." as the first sentence on the back of the book.
* The New York Times's obituary for Creator/UmbertoEco gleefully spoils just about every late-stage plot twist for ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' imaginable with no forewarning, and to make it even more insufferable, describes the plot as if the reader hasn't read it yet.
* The ''Literature/KingdomHeartsII'' novel almost seems to be written to some degree as if for those who have already played ''Kingdom Hearts II'', as well as some of the latter installments as well. It is much more open about certain things that in the game are not revealed until much later on or are obscured at best, such as that [[spoiler:Riku is the hooded figure working [=DiZ=] and Naminé at the beginning of the game]], that [[spoiler:the Organization is using Sora/Roxas to collect hearts]] and contrary to what they think [[spoiler:Nobodies actually can have hearts]], something that is only made clear in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. Saïx ponders over the fact that Axel [[spoiler:has managed to gain a heart, and Naminé tells him point blank that he too has one, though he doesn't realize it.]]



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** At the end of the fifth volume, Accelerator [[spoiler:undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, but also suffers brain damage that leaves him dependent on external help to function. He then becomes the series' deuteragonist]]. The covers and blurbs of several later books don't hide this.
** To an even greater extent, [[PhysicalGod Othinus]], the BigBad for the first part of the second series. She [[spoiler:succeeds in gaining her full power and destroys the entire world, then successfully breaks main character Touma by putting him through countless different hells. After he regains the will to fight, Touma talks her into a HeelFaceTurn and she restores the world to normal. Touma then fights the rest of the world to protect Othinus, who ends up losing all her power and turning into a tiny fairy who moves in with Touma as a second freeloader]]. The cover to the tenth book spoils everything except the last part, as it depicts [[spoiler:Touma standing protectively in front of Othinus]]. There's also the twelfth book's cover, which depicts [[spoiler:the shrunken Othinus on Touma's head.]]
* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' tie-in guide books and encyclopedias by Scholastic always avoided spoiling story details from the novels/movies that came out around the same time, even if this meant that their infos would be incomplete. The publishing company Ameet didn't have such qualms: ''Makuta's Guide to the Universe'' is built on the twist that [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta successfully takes over the universe]], as well as that the "universe" is actually a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]], the [[PhysicalGod true manifestation]] of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. The followup ''Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna'' also reveals the identity of the traitor and Mata Nui's victory over Tuma on the very last pages.
* In ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', it's a big plot twist when [[spoiler:Sylvia Daisy]] is revealed to be a member of Abner Brown's gang. In the sequel, ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights'', the same character is openly working with the gang.
* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', the cover of the second book spoils that C.J. eventually becomes a butterfly.
* Creator/AgathaChristie sometimes revealed the solutions of earlier novels in her Literature/HerculePoirot books, apparently assuming that all her readers had already read them. The worst case is in ''Dumb Witness'', when Poirot casually drops the names of the murderers in '''four''' earlier novels in a single sentence.
* Reading ''A Girl From Earth'', one of the first books in ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'', isn't half as exciting if one has already read some of the later novels or seen ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture''. [[spoiler:Rat's notorious shapeshifting abilities]] are a key plot point in this book (the reason behind Dr. Verkhovtsev's apparently strange behavior), while further on they become a given and don't even particularly surprise anyone.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** At The French translation of the title of the first book in the series, ''Shards of Honor'', was ''Cordelia Vorkosigan'', calling the heroine by her married name, said marriage occurring at the very end of the fifth volume, Accelerator [[spoiler:undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, but also suffers brain damage book and being quite hard-won by that leaves him dependent on external help to function. He then becomes time.
** And in ''Cordelia's Honor'', ''Barrayar'' and ''Shards of Honor'' packaged together,
the series' deuteragonist]]. The covers and blurbs of several later books don't hide this.
** To an even greater extent, [[PhysicalGod Othinus]],
blurb on the BigBad for back spoils the first part half of the second series. She [[spoiler:succeeds book for anyone who was new in gaining her full power coming to the ''Vorkosigan Saga''.
* In some parts of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fandom, something only counts as a spoiler if it happened in a book that came out less than a month ago. If the book is more than a month old, well... too bad. There's a good reason for that, though: even ''names'' can be spoilers; for instance, most fans call Bramblestar by his leader name since it ''is'' the character's name now, even though it took the series 24 books (not counting all the side books) to reach that point,
and destroys it means that the entire world, then successfully breaks one main character Touma by putting him through countless different hells. After he regains the will to fight, Touma talks her into a HeelFaceTurn and she restores the world to normal. Touma then fights the rest of the world to protect Othinus, who ends up losing all her power and turning into a tiny fairy who moves in with Touma as a second freeloader]]. The cover to the tenth book spoils everything except the last part, as it depicts [[spoiler:Touma standing protectively in front of Othinus]]. There's also the twelfth book's cover, which depicts [[spoiler:the shrunken Othinus on Touma's head.]]
* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' tie-in guide books and encyclopedias by Scholastic always avoided spoiling story details from the novels/movies that came out around the same time, even if this meant that their infos would be incomplete. The publishing company Ameet didn't have such qualms: ''Makuta's Guide to the Universe'' is built on the twist that [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta successfully takes over the universe]], as well as that the "universe" is actually a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]], the [[PhysicalGod true manifestation]] of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. The followup ''Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna'' also reveals the identity of the traitor and Mata Nui's victory over Tuma on the very last pages.
* In ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'',
Firestar has died, so it's a big plot twist when [[spoiler:Sylvia Daisy]] is revealed to be a member of Abner Brown's gang. In pretty major spoiler. The phenomenon also appears in the sequel, ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights'', books themselves:
** The blurb for ''Sunrise'' spoils
the same [[WhamEpisode climax of the previous book]].
** There are several spoiler titles, such as the ''Tigerstar and Sasha'' manga (ignoring the name thing, it's a spoiler for ''Moonrise'').
** And, of course, the
character is openly working lists in the front of the books, which are so riddled with spoilers it's a wonder they still put them in the gang.
* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'',
front of the books. If a character dies sometime in the book, they are treated as dead.
* TheReveal at the ending of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'''s first book? Rand is the Dragon Reborn. The
cover of the second book spoils that C.J. eventually becomes a butterfly.
* Creator/AgathaChristie sometimes revealed
third book? A triumphant Rand, with the solutions of earlier novels words "The Dragon Reborn" written in her Literature/HerculePoirot books, apparently assuming that all her readers had already read them. The worst case is in ''Dumb Witness'', when Poirot casually drops the names of the murderers in '''four''' earlier novels in a single sentence.
* Reading ''A Girl From Earth'', one of the first books in ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'', isn't half as exciting if one has already read some of the later novels or seen ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture''. [[spoiler:Rat's notorious shapeshifting abilities]] are a key plot point in this book (the reason behind Dr. Verkhovtsev's apparently strange behavior), while further on they become a given and don't even particularly surprise anyone.
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* The 25th anniversary edition of ''Literature/ZenAndTheArtOfMotorcycleMaintenance'' includes an introduction that quickly and without warning spoils many major plot points, including the ending.

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* Reading ''A Girl From Earth'', one of the first books in ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'', isn't half as exciting if one has already read some of the later novels or seen ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture''. [[spoiler:Rat's notorious shapeshifting abilities]] are a key plot point in this book (the reason behind Dr. Verkhovtsev's apparently strange behavior), while further on they become a given and don't even particularly surprise anyone.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie sometimes revealed the solutions of earlier novels in her Literature/HerculePoirot books, apparently assuming that all her readers had already read them. The worst case is in ''Dumb Witness'', when Poirot casually drops the names of the murderers in '''four''' earlier novels in a single sentence.

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