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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing some information, 11 Jan 1999
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This review is from: The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensible Compendium of Myth and Magic from the Editors of Writer's Digest Books (Hardcover)
This has some great information on Medieval society, mythology, and many other topics. I did get some ideas while reading it.
BUT it needed more information on the things fantasy writers often get wrong. For example, it could have used a whole chapter on HORSES. We all know writers often get the facts about horses wrong. (As Diane Wynn Jones mentioned in "The Tough Guide to Fantasyland," some fantasy writers treat horses like bicycles.) More information about sieges, Medieval villages, wilderness survival tips, and so forth would have been nice, too. (How often have you read a fantasy novel where characters who are supposed to be hiding from their enemies light a huge campfire?)
This book also needs a detailed bibliography.
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