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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer is full of fruitful prompts and challenges, one of which led this writer and reader to forty minutes of uninterrupted writing – a major goal of any writing guide, accomplished. The full-color fantastical (sometimes eccentric) visual presentation of material makes this reference book fun and heartening – and almost irresistible – to turn to again and again. Another thing that sets¬†Wonderbook apart is that, beyond writing examples and author profiles, the “imaginative fiction” genre of the title gets its own coverage as a rich tradition that synthesizes with other creative outlets like game creation and acting/role-playing. For writers of all stripes who want to hone and deepen their storytelling,¬†Wonderbook is a good bet.

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