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Stories have been with us since communication was possible. They teach us things. They’re a pleasure to read.
They make us–a lot of us, anyway–really, really happy.
But what makes a good story good? I’ll tell you what I do: I read the first few pages. Then I apply certain criteria to it to try to predict whether it will be worth more of my time.
Here, to me, is what makes a good book good:
1. Good books are not overly detailed. Details are boring.
2. Good books have meaning; however,
3. Good books are subtle. The action is clear, but the meaning behind it is less so. With a really good book, you have no idea what it was really about until you’ve finished the very last sentence, put the book down, and laid your head down on the pillow to go to sleep.
4. Good books are free of clichés.
5. Good books are honest. They are sad and embarrassing.
6. Good books have rhythm.
7. Good books acquaint you with the author. By the end you feel like you know the person that wrote it—not just the characters—personally.
What do you think makes a good book good? Email me at email@example.com or leave a comment here.