What are your thoughts on this? I'm baffled by reviews that praise a fantasy novel's world and lore as though that was the point of writing. There's a book I picked up on a friend's recommendation, Gardens of the Moon, which so far has just appeared to be the author's efforts to show just how thorough his notetaking and worldbuilding was, and apparently plenty of reviewers think that approach is some shining model all aspiring fantasy writers should emulate. Is that the common point of view these days? Or is there still some appreciation for authors who can tell a good story, rather than who can just design a vivid setting?