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The Writer's Complete Fantasy Referenceby Writers Digest Books
Synopses & Reviews
This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.
Praise for Wonderbook:
andldquo;Jammed with storytelling wisdom.andrdquo; andmdash;Fast Companyandrsquo;s Co.Create blog
andldquo;This is the kind of book you leave sitting out for all to see . . . and the kind of book you will find yourself picking up again and again.andrdquo; andmdash;Kirkus Reviews online
andldquo;If youandrsquo;re looking for a handy guide to not just crafting imaginative fiction like sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, but to writing in general, be sure to pick up a copy of Steampunk Bible author Jeff Vandermeerandrsquo;s lovingly compiled Wonderbook.andquot;and#160; andmdash;Flavorwire
andldquo;Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss have created a kaleidoscopically rich and beautiful book about fiction writing.andrdquo;and#160; andmdash;Star Tribune
andldquo;Because it is so layered and filled with text, tips, and links to online extras, this book can be read again and again by both those who want to learn the craft of writing and those interested in the process of others.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal
Do you know what a murder hole is?
Or why a chimera is three times worse than most monsters?
What would be better for storming castles, a trebuchet or a kopesh?
To find the answers to these questions, you need this fascinating guide to transport yourself to fantasy's mysterious worlds. Featuring an introduction by mega-best-selling author Terry Brooks, the Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference reveals the facts behind the fantasy, giving you the details you need to make your fiction vibrant, captivating and original.
From classic medieval witchcraft to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, every chapter will spark your creativity. An invaluable resource, it will also help you fill your writing with inventive new ideas rooted in accurate descriptions of the world's most intriguing legends, folklore and mysticism.
Take this guide, venture into the fantastic, and create magical realms alive with detail. Great stories await you
This reference book provides A-to-Z coverage of the realm of the fantastic, offering writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and historical fiction vivid and detailed descriptions of the legendary humans, animals, societies, and religions that make the genre exciting and imaginative.
About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of more than 20 books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the yearand#8217;s-best lists of Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. He is the cofounder and codirector of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the worldand#8217;s premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
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