What makes a good Fiction BookSo what makes a good fiction book?
How is a novel "good"?
It' a well-made and convincing tale. For me, this means an unseen third-person storyteller (but that is what many consider to be a "good" novel, Cold Mountain, and the third-person narration, which I wrote with accentuation and dialogue, I found so angry that I could not even get to the bottom of the book).
And if it is an ego storyteller, you should be able to listen to the narrator's speech in your mind (To Kyll A Mockingbird is a good example of this). There is nothing in the spelling that makes you hating it very subjectively again, so one example, Clive Cussler should tell a good tale of which I do not know because I am not able to get through the first page of his books before I throw them away in revulsion at the abundance of adversaries, I hates adversaries, and I sense that poor authors push them in at every occasion, while good authors cut out more of them with every design.
This does not mean that there should be no descriptions when appropriate, but the descriptions should take you into the environment, not distort (see a Thomas Hardy novel, Watership Down or Café With Rosie). Last but not least, a good novel is so exciting that you really don't want to continue reading (except for a sequel), you don't want to get out of this game. You're even hard tried when you've finished the last page to go back to the beginning and begin again.
How is fiction good? It' usually the voice.
It' probably the funnest book I've ever seen. They are captives in a Nazi outpost. It is Lazzaro who plans vengeance on an Englishman prisoner of war who broke his arms. "Everyone asks you what's the cutest thing in life," Lazzaro said, "it's revenge."
By the way, when Dresden was later demolished, Lazzaro did not cheer. No one got it from Lazzaro," he said, "who didn't deserve it." Well, the old Edgar Derby, the high class tutor. And he asked Lazzaro if he was going to eat the Blue Fairy's feathers and beef.
"Shit," Lazzaro said. "He' s a big man," said Derby, who was quite a big man himself, of course. "I' m gonna have him shot," Lazzaro said. If he says that, the stranger will say: Paul Lazzaro sent me. This stranger lets him think for a few seconds about who Paul Lazzaro is and what kind of tailless lifestyle will be like.
And Lazzaro said he could have anyone in the whole wide globe dead for a thousand bucks plus traveling. There was a checklist in his mind, he said. Derby asked him who was on the shortlist and Lazzaro said: "Just make sure you don't get on the shortlist. I had Derby ask.
"Lazzaro said, "In the battle? So, I told him I'd have that stupid motherfucker killed after the war." And Lazzaro used his hands to erase everything that Billy Pilgrim wanted to say. "You know, I want you to live as long as you can. It is a rather amusing section, and the whole book is a series of weird and absurd anomalies.
This is because in fiction, if you like the character who tells you the tale - the vote, not the writer - you generally get a tale told. It' as if the voices say to you, "If you have nothing good to say, come to me."
I' m now trying to get through the book of Daniel, which is regarded as one of Doctorow's best books.