I was looking back through Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and I was re-impressed by the depth and breadth of the characterization. Also struck by how refreshing it is to read an adult novel that deals with child characters that isn’t a YA. It was like, oh yeah, that’s how you do it.
I will say that my tastes in book are probably more pretentious than some - I was an English major at one point, until I figured out that I wanted to be able to pay off my student loans once I got out of college.
I kid y’all. What I actually figured out is that I wanted to eat something besides snack ramen.
But to this day I do like fiction with pretty prose. Carey has a voice, and it’s a little highbrow to some, but I’d rather go highbrow than slog through oodles of “safe,” fiction, which bores me.
I’m mentioning it now because at some point soonish I’ll be writing up Duality by Renee Wildes, and I wanna talk about how refreshing it is to have an author with an actual voice. And worldbuilding! Woo hoo!