Reader elation, experienced upon the realization that your favorite author has once again, met or exceeded your expectations. It’s a current progressive experience, happening now, as one reads.
I love this snuggly, comfortable familiarity with coming to trust an author. It’s not just the story but the author’s voice, right? The way her humor resonates with me (as in, I find it really funny, you probably wouldn’t), her technique of dividing the narration between first and third person, her just-enough and yet totally-immersive descriptions, her characters’ intense friendships …and so on.
Know what I mean? Your fave author has unique voice traits too.
And I’ve still got over half the book to enjoy. It’s a DAW, which means another three-hundred-odd pages of delight left to me.
I spent some time pondering how to explain to a Human such as Paul what chocolate tasted like in the Iftsen atmosphere, but gave up. Not only was it inaccurate to relate what the Iftsen called taste to the similarly-named, but physiologically different, sense in Humans, the Iftsen didn’t actually consume chocolate. They combusted it in their respiratory bladder. With quite the pleasurable aftereffect.
Julie Czerneda, Changing Vision