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This review is from: Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt Guides for Readers and Writers) (Paperback)
This just about eclipses Rick De Marinis's "The Art and Craft of the Short Story" as my favourite "How To..." book.
Vanessa Gebbie - who writes a mean short story herself - has assembled a bunch of writers with a solid track record of winning prizes in the shorter form. Each of them has written a short essay on a different aspect of short story writing - from character to setting - and ends their contribution with a list of their personal favourite stories, which is a nice touch. Paul Magrs' rather idiosyncratic Dos and Don'ts list is great.
I would award this five stars but for the contribution of Graham Mort, whose slightly pretentious essay stands out as being ridiculously erudite in an otherwise fun-to-read and hugely accessible collection.