Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy Review

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.

This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that's one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.

Featuring essays and interviews with:

Neil Gaiman
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Tim Powers
Harry Turtledove
Larry Niven
Joe Haldeman
Kevin J. Anderson
Elizabeth Bear
Jay Lake
Nancy Kress
George Zebrowski
Pamela Sargent
Mike Resnick
Ellen Datlow
James Patrick Kelly
Jo Fletcher
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Lou Anders
Peter Crowther
Ann VanderMeer
John Joseph Adams
Nick Mamatas
Lucy A. Snyder
Alethea Kontis
Nisi Shawl
Jude-Marie Green
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
Jackie Gamber
Amanda DeBord
Max Miller
Jason Sizemore

This edition also includes several full page illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson.
This type of book is extremely hard to review.  First we have a number of authors contributing to the book.  Then add to that the type of book and it makes it very hard to give a review.  But I will do my best.

This book has several interviews from the authors listed above.  It gives some relatively clear cut thoughts on where they get their ideas from, or what the best way to build a world is.  

It is basically an advice book for want to be authors.  As an up and coming (hopefully soon) author I was really looking forward to reading this book.  Especially since the title said Fantasy and one of my novels is a fantasy.  But what I found is just opinions.  While this is helpful in some ways, it wasn't what I was expecting.  The tips the authors gave were general knowledge that I learned in my Creative Writing courses in College.

I will say this book was interesting and actually entertaining.  I will recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about these authors or for that matter more about science fiction and fantasy genre writing.

Details/disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion.  The free book held no determination on my final review.

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