Research is creating new knowledge ~ Neil Armstrong
A well-researched novel consisting of beautiful prose and an absorbing plot comes close to my idea of perfection.
I’m not referring solely to historical fiction (known for research), although I appreciate writers like Phillipa Gregory, a former historian, known for her Tudor series. Her books are consciously researched, details attended to in superb fashion.
But well-researched historical fiction is expected, particularly when the writer is a historian.
As a reliable fan of the thriller/mystery genre, I find little more exciting, when it comes to a good read, than a well-researched book. Something that meshes fact and fiction to the point the story may well have occurred. The details are brilliant, the prose terrifyingly engaging.
Take Tom Clancy for example, the master of military and espionage-based novels. Or Robert Ludlum — the man is a research freak. And I love him for it.
One book still fresh in memory is The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth’s classic contribution to the thriller genre. A force of nature – indulge me that cliche, please. An engaging narrative, detailed, believable, life-like action, and one heck of an engaging plot.
We often talk about stories that stay with us long after we finish reading them. For me, a well-researched, plausible novel is such a story.
What say you, dear blogging friend?