“When all the research, all the writing group support, all the cheerleading, and all the angst fade away, and they should, the bottom line is simple: As a writer, you first must entertain your readers. To keep them beyond a quick and final read, you have to do more than that, whether it’s to educate them, make them feel, anger them by challenging their preconceptions — or all of that and more. But if you don’t entertain first, none of what else you do matters, because they won’t stay around.” L.E. Modesitt interview with Writing.Raw
Modesitt is my favorite author – he entertains and he makes me think; about ecology, ethics, religion. And all the while his books are a heckuva’ good read. Almost like watching a chess match the characters and circumstances evolve.
I can’t tell if he’s for or against war, for or against religion, for or against commerce; instead he shows both sides. And he shows both sides with characters you identify with and want to succeed (and they do). Thus the good read… and the making you think… but in a good way!