Still, as a writer, better to have a manic pace than a slow one.
I think I've found a book that has the same issue, but in regards to conflict instead of pace.
I'm reading A Game of Thrones and there is so so much conflict I actually want to hide a bit.
Too much conflict you say? No such thing!
Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (HA! I love you Inigo Montoya)
I love the characters in this book. Love them so much. I want things to go well for them and I want them to be happy and smiling etc.
I most certainly don't want bad things to happen to them.
And they do, ohhh yes they do.
It got to a point the other night where something HORRIBLE happened (not that I didn't see it coming, but there were a few betrayals that were shocking) and I actually had to close the book and set it aside (much like I did with HP 7 when (HARRY POTTER SPOILER ALERT!!) Fred died. Of course, I could only put that down for like 5 minutes. But still...)
It was just too much horribleness happening to the characters. And to make it worse, this is book 1 of 4 so I know NOTHING will be resolved until I read 3 more novels.
Sigh. Just too much conflict.
Of course, I picked it back up after a bit and continued on. Still a lot of bad stuff happening but I can take a breath now.
So this is why I don't like too much conflict. Even if there was just one little nice thing that happened for the characters it would carry me through the rest of the trouble. But over the top conflict makes me have to set the book down.
But not forever. Just for a moment. Then I continue on.