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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 1 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Writing Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror: How to create successful work for publication (How to Books (Midpoint)) (Paperback)
I recently bought this book and found it to be thoroughly disappointing. The author barely goes into any detail about sci-fi, fantasy or horror and even when he is talking about these genres, his advice is so bland and vague that you'd think you were reading one of the "For Dummies" books. Why not delve a little deeper into planning the novel, talking about the genres a bit more and maybe helping to set a spark in young writers' minds? As it stands, the book comes off as an interview where the author is merely giving broad, general answers to questions that he may have heard before, and doesn't seem that interested in even helping potential writers to develop their ideas.

There are some interesting points, specifically where Chris Kenworthy goes on to talk about the science fiction What If questions for starting off your creative thinking, but this is just one of very few pros about the book. Every so often I found myself stumbling over a Star Trek reference, and in the very first chapter the author feels the need to name drop Interzone and The Third Alternative magazines at least three times, as if he is being paid commission for every reader that he signs up to them. The final straw was reading to the end of chapter 2, feeling like I'd been let down by what should have been a great book, and finding an advert for another creative writing book straight after! It was as if this book believed that it was a television channel and thought fit to fling an advert bang in the middle.

I like to read these books for a bit of inspiration from time to time, but Chris Kenworthy's attempt was disappointing. There was very little detail in any of the sections, as if he was in a major, major rush to finish the manuscript, and the promotion of his favoruite sci-fi magazines (one of which he has sold stories to- thank you, blurb) is borderline sickening, especially when it happens in such a short space in time. That's not to say that the author doesn't know what he's talking about- he does have insight into the world of writing, but maybe not enough to be doling out advice just yet. I will be sending this back for a refund straight away, and maybe give my money to a mugger in the street instead.

Believe me, you'd be better off.
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