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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:57 am 
My standard of a truly compelling author is one who's book can make me stay up all night reading it. So far, that's three people: J.K. Rowling, R. Jordan, and Terry Goodkind. I may consider others great, but these kinds of books are the ones I really want to read.


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I enjoy stories which make me come back to them again and again, and most stories do this by having the perfect mixture of explicit and implicit story. I love a book which paints exactly enough of a picture that I can fill in the rest of the world, paint the entire universe in my mind, around the story that transpires.

I also love a story with a broad and comprehensive scope. One of my favourite books (Psychohistorical Crisis, by Donald Kingsbury; set in the same universe as, but 14,000-ish years after, Asimov's 'Foundation' novels) did this by having no good guys, no bad guys, but compelling, well-written, and empathy-earning characters on every side of the major conflict.

Most especially, I love a story that really hits my heartstrings, so to speak, something that only a powerful story, or a great song, or my girlfriend (*coughs*) can do.

I highly treasure Psychohistorical Crisis, C. S. Freidman's Coldfire trilogy, and many of the Keith Laumer-inspired but many-many-authored Bolos stories. After them is the wonderful and epic-proportion Death Gate Cycle series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Following directly behind is Terry Pratchet and Terry Goodkind.


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I like a story that makes me feel like I'm there. I like a story where I can feel the breeze, smell supper cooking, feel the sunshine.


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I like a story that makes me think twice. Something that makes me reconsider something I've taken for granted, or shown me something I've never seen before.

I also like/respect when a tale is well told, when there isn't anything in it that makes me say, 'well, the author should have done, this, changed that'. Not many books make that last category, obviously, but there's a certain satisfaction in reading something and, whether or not the tale had a 'happy' ending, knowing that it was told right.


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I love it when an author can pull me into a world and let me get lost in it - but better yet is an author who writes characters I can get lost in. I love finding characters I would like to know in real life. People who are real and engaging enough that I feel I could have an interesting conversation with them. Tamora Pierce - for all she's classified as "young adult" - has some beautiful characterization. Sharing status as the epitome of character and world invention though would be Steven Brust and Neil Gaiman to me.


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