Miss Snark--Do agents ever quickly read a requested manuscript? A Dream Agent responded to my e-query asking me to email him a copy of the novel and he would like to read it "as soon as possible." Even in the literary agent world (where time stands still), might ASAP actually mean something?
well, sure. I read some things very quickly. Ransom notes. Royalty statements. Manuscripts that have been here for 85 days. Yanno..urgent stuff.
Ok seriously, agents read things quickly all the time. Generally the things I turn around quickly are the ones that come from: editors; other agents; with deals attached; or, are so good I think someone else is going to pounce.
However, "as soon as possible" does not mean you fall into any of those categories. Try not to pace the floor. 90 days on a full novel is still standard, and longer is pretty normal too. While you're waiting, go write ransom notes for my kidnapped youth.