As a reader, one element I continuously look for in a book is lyrical prose, where the words flow together creating a beautiful melody. Admittedly, such works are difficult to find. Athol Dickson is one such author whose stories transcend plot and character. When you read them, you feel like you've heard a Bach masterpiece.
In the Novel Journey blog, (Forgotten Beauty - March 4, 2010) Athol Dickson talks about beauty in writing, how that is rarely mentioned when discussing craftsmanship. If you, too, desire more from a story, if you seek prose that plays like a symphony, I recommend reading his eloquently said post. http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/2010/03/forgotten-beauty.html.