I love reading books that contain clever imagery. I try to write books like that, too. In IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, I play on the themes of illumination and light through the book. In KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, which I’m revising at the moment, the imagery is more on the contrast of light and dark. And what the nature of both are, compared to what they appear to be.
Books absolutely rich in imagery are Terry Pratchett’s DISCWORLD series and Iain M. Banks’s The Culture series. Pratchett loves exploring a different theme with each book, whereas I think Banks’s series has the over-arching theme and matching imagery of who is good and who is evil. And how close the two can be.
I recently read CHANGELESS, the steampunk Victorian-set novel with vampires and werewolves by Gail Carriger. The imagery there was on the constancy of character, and really cleverly dovetailed with the plot and title of the book. I find that satisfying.
In Edie Ramer’s DRAGON BLUES, the imagery is of beauty and the beast, and what is beautiful and what beastly. Love it!
My favorite Nora Roberts novel, ANGELS FALL, uses imagery of good and evil, layering both with so many shades of grey, the outcome of the novel is incredibly powerful.
Do you pick up on imagery when you read, and does it improve your reading experience, or is it something you are happy to know is there, enhancing the book, but in an unconscious way? What book struck you as having powerful imagery? I’m giving away a pre-release copy of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT to one lucky commenter.
The name thrown up by our random giveaway generator: Jan O’Hara. Congratulations, Jan!