Signal Boost: Style Is The Rocket

Yet another fantastic collection of essays on writing by Mr. Superversive himself, Mr. Tom Simon. My husband, John C. Wright, enjoyed this book so much that he read it a second time while we were on vacation last summer.

Fantasy writer, essayist and critic Tom Simon looks at some elements of successful and memorable fiction. What makes a story stand out and grab a reader’s interest, and how does it happen? What kind of imaginative elements are most likely to have enduring appeal? How important is prose style to a good story? In eleven essays, Simon investigates these and other questions, and his researches lead him to some surprising places.

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  • Thank you so much for recommending this. Started reading it this morning, and I love it. I think he’s right on about the New Criticism and the attempts to make literary criticism look like science.