(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)
Hum . . . I’d have to say, if I can only pick one, ‘a good story.’
For me, no matter how great the writing is, if the story just isn’t there then I won’t enjoy it. Having said that, I can only take so much so-so or ‘eh writing, and flat out bad writing, no matter the story, destroys the ability to be drawn into the story so . . .
How the author manages to seduce your mind is important but without a good story behind the words it leaves you empty and feeling cheated. Just my 2¢
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