by Sharon S., guest blogger
What is the difference between a good book and a great one? There are as many answers as there are readers probably, but for me it has to do with my senses. You know, smell, sight, taste, touch and sound. I have a definite preference in books. I like paranormal romances and dark urban fantasies best. I prefer series because I can watch the characters and their relationships grow and change over time. I also have a preference for arrogant alpha-males that make no excuses and kick-ass snarky females that teach said alphas a thing or two.
I’ve read lots, but which ones stick with me? The ones that make me feel.
“Feel what?” You ask…anything, everything, all things. A book that can make me cry, laugh, swoon, scream and so angry I want to throw the book across the room (would never do this because a kindle ain’t cheap).
All books let you see what is going on in the story, but some authors not only make you see, their words can make you smell the forest, the ocean, the blood or his scent as he walks past. They can make you taste that pizza, the potion or his lips. They can make you hear the monster creeping outside the door, the dying screams or his whisper next to your ear (file that one under touch too
These are authors that have mastered the metaphor. Being able to experience with all my senses is what helps me connect to the characters and immerse my self in the story. I can put myself in their shoes so to speak and that brings my experience to a whole new level.
Here are some authors that have delighted my senses recently: Kim Harrison, Josh Lanyon, Amanda Stevens, Tere Michaels, Ilona Andrews (metaphor magician in my opinion), Karen Marie Moning, Karen Chance, Suzanne Collins, Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward…
How about you? What makes book good vs great for you? What authors make you feel?