Cyn beat me to any description of perfect language, and beat me soundly at it, so I'm glad that she got there first. Case in point on word-beauty and the rhythm of language. I'm a fan of John D. MacDonald's work, and I was just reading his novel A Deadly Shade of Gold, when I happened upon a description of the girls on the beaches that year that struck me as lovely, visual, and accurate--letting you observe, in a few seconds, more than most of us would naturally observe simply passing through the world: It was a special type this year, particularly willowy ones, with sun-streaky hair, soft little sun-brown noses, lazed eyes in the cool pastel shades of green and blue, cat-yawny ones, affecting a boredom belied by glints of interest and amusement, smilers rather than gigglers, with a tendency to run in little flocks of three and four and five. I particularly like the hyphened words "sun-streaky" and "cat-yawny." They strike me as imaginative and descriptive. MacDonald follows this lush description with crisp realism that makes the entire paragraph stand out: They sparkled on our beaches this year like grunions, a lithe and wayward crop that in too short and too sad a time would be striving for Whiter Washes, Scuff-Pruf Floors and Throw-Away Nursing Bottles. Now that's an observation. And the last bit has a nice cultural resonance that I really wish was easier to achieve in Star Wars fan fiction--that neat little connection to everyday life. I agree with everyone else that Stephen King is an absolute master of form, and I also think he happens to be excellent and blending pop culture and language seamlessly, in description and dialogue, giving you a sense of both time and place.