Recently someone posted on my f-list (I can't find it now, so maybe it wasn't so recent) about how much they love their critique partners. I figured I'd tell you why mine are so valuable to me:
criada has a mind that can create and track an entire planet. Plenty of fantasy authors think they can do that, but few really can. If I ever need help with political intrigue, world economics, religion, or other incredibly complex elements, she has much to offer.
kehrli is like a special robot built to absorb inconsistencies and spit out solutions. What else would you expect from a disciple of science but a keen sense of logic and a highly tuned suspension-of-disbeliefometer?
kaerfel understands the structure of an effective story better than anyone else who has dissected my work. I've learned alot about manipulating a reader's mind from her, despite the fact that she might be one of the most guileless people I know.
tlcadence has gifts for visceral description and instant characterization, two talents I lust after. She's the member of our group who writes the least SF, and her unique perspective is invaluable in separating universally appealing themes from genre specific ones.
When rith26's fat ass shows up, he's pretty funny. I don't know if he gives good critique, SINCE HIS FAT ASS NEVER SHOWS UP. :)