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Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing…

Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing Handbooks)

by Lisa Tuttle

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I didn't learn anything from this book. I was hoping for something that didn't just describe fantasy and science fiction, and then give the general tips all writers are given, but went into it a bit deeper -- saw something I didn't see, at least. But everything in this book was what I already knew from being an avid reader of the genre. A lot of it was just description, or stating the obvious. In some cases it wasn't so much a "writing handbook", which it's supposed to be according to the cover, but a reflection of her personal experiences in the genre. All well and good, but not what I signed up for. The last chapter in its entirety is about her experiences in collaborating with another author, complete with excerpts from their letters to each other.

The only reason I've found to recommend it is that if you have no idea what you're getting into, both with fantasy/SF and writing, then it's as good an introduction as any. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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