Is it merely which pile you pull your next read out of? I know for me I almost never read any of the crap that they pint on the back cover or in the sleeves--don't read "about the Author" or any critics take on it. I don't care what it's "about" I read the first few paragraphs. That tells me all I need to know about the writers ability and if it will keep me reading. And most of the time it works. I rarely feel the need to throw the damn book across the room anymore. Not that every novel I read rises to the level of fine art, but most are decent enough reads. So what novels do you feel are "Great Works of Art" and why do you think they are.