What's The Most Beautifully Written Book You've Ever Read?

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Some books keep you turning pages at a mad pace, eager to find out what happens. But then there are the books where you want to slow down, because every sentence is a marvel. Which science fiction or fantasy novel blew you away the most with its beautifully crafted writing?

Please include a book cover, book trailer, piece of artwork or other visual representation for your chosen book. And please mention the name, the author, and why the writing impressed you so much. Thanks!

Top image: The Hainish Cycle, by Ursula K. Le Guin. In particular, The Dispossessed is one of those books where the writing is so powerfully, beautifully haunting — and it just makes the book's rich ideas and characterization that much richer.


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American Gods by Neil Gaiman, read it more times than I know, helped me through some dark shit. Wonderfull book, beautifully written.