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Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Brandon Sanderson , Mary Robinette Kowal , Dan Wells , Howard Tayler

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From the Hugo Award-winning hosts of the Writing Excuses writing advice show comes a collection of all-new stories of the fantastic, with beautiful illustrations and a behind-the-scenes look at each story’s creation.

Brandon Sanderson’s “Sixth of the Dusk,” set in his Cosmere universe shared by the Mistborn books and the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, showcases a society on the brink of technological change. On the deadly island of Patji, where predators can sense the thoughts of their prey, a lone trapper discovers that the island is not the only thing out to kill him.

Mary Robinette Kowal’s “A Fire in the Heavens” is a powerful tale of a refugee seeking to the near-mythical homeland her oppressed people left centuries ago. When Katin discovers the role the “eternal moon” occupies in the Center Kingdom, and the nature of the society under its constant light, she may find enemies and friends in unexpected places.

Dan Wells’s “I.E.Demon” features an Afghanistan field test of a piece of technology that is supposed to handle improvised explosive devices. Or so the engineers have told the EOD team that will be testing it; exactly what it does and how it does it are need-to-know, and the grunts don’t need to know. Until suddenly the need arises.

Howard Tayler’s “An Honest Death” stars the security team for the CEO of a biotech firm about to release the cure for old age. When an intruder appears and then vanishes from the CEO’s office, the bodyguards must discover why he is lying to them about his reason for pressing the panic button.

For years the hosts of Writing Excuses have been offering tips on brainstorming, drafting, workshopping, and revision, and now they offer an exhaustive look at the entire process. Not only does Shadows Beneath have four beautifully illustrated fantastic works of fiction, but it also includes transcripts of brainstorming and workshopping sessions, early drafts of the stories, essays about the stories’ creation, and details of all the edits made between the first and final drafts.

Come for the stories by award-winning authors; stay for the peek behind the creative curtain.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Unique and Incredibly Enlightening! 10 juillet 2014
Par Timothy Pecoraro - Publié sur
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This is less of anthology than a writing tool, anyway. The idea is that you read the stories and then see how the authors came up with them. A kind of brainstorming to editing kind of thing. This is definitely the first time I’ve EVER seen anything like this and it is great! I loved seeing how things went from brainstormed ideas to a rough story to an edited story with the help of discussion and critique. The stories, of course, are great. But I think that seeing the process is ACTUALLY the more valuable thing here. I would suggest this book to anyone who is an aspiring writer who likes science fiction and fantasy. This is a really great look into the process that is normally glossed over by other writing books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved the concept 7 juillet 2014
Par Pint-sized Bookworm - Publié sur
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I loved the concept and enjoyed reading the stories. The idea of being able to to view the brainstorming, drafting and editing process of writing a story was interesting although reading the stories three times over got a little tedious. It was great to see how much effort and time goes into writing though, I doubt I would ever have the patience, let alone the talent to create a quality story worth reading. By the way the stories were great.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Rare Peek Behind the Mysterious Writing Curtain 6 août 2014
Par Neil Hepworth - Publié sur
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This book is a fantastic and rare look behind the curtain of the writing craft.

To many people (even if they are bad at it themselves) writing seems simple. I mean, how hard can it be to pound on a keyboard and make a decent short story of only 3,000 words? Well, as any writer will tell you, it’s damn hard.

As other reviewers have pointed out, the four stories to start this book are fun and entertaining, but none of them will knock your socks off. However, after reading each story, and then reading about the process and edits for the selection, I came to appreciate each story, and view each story in a new light that readers are rarely privileged to see. I loved how Kowal fleshed out her new culture and religion. I loved how Wells had to write a very specific type of story because his piece was to be printed in an anthology for American soldiers. I loved how Tayler changed the POV character and the POV itself, thus making for a much more engaging read. And I loved how Sanderson completely rewrote the ending of his story so that the reader left feeling satisfied. Folks, these changes are remarkable because we as readers NEVER SEE THEM!

I often tell my students that being a new writer is particularly challenging because you never get to witness a book being made and so you don’t know what to expect. You don’t know if the troubles you’re having are the same troubles someone else is having, too. You can watch the Extras on a DVD to see how movies are made; you can watch Martha Stewart to see how meals are made; you can drive down the street and watch construction workers to see how buildings are made; you can even tour a brewery to see how beer is made - but you never get to see how books are made. Writing is a very mysterious process. This book seeks to demystify the process a bit and takes the reader on a tour of brainstorms, drafts, discussions, revisions, and final stories.

For anyone who wants to know what the writing process is like for successful authors, here it is. Personally, I’ll be using this book with my high school Creative Writing class. Writers, teachers, readers who want a peek at the writing mystery, this book is a must read and re-read. Spread the word - more people need to read this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really strong collection 8 juillet 2014
Par Brian77 - Publié sur
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I picked this up due to the Brandon Sanderson novella, but was excited to read all 4 stories.

“A Fire in the Heavens” (Mary Robinette Kowal): This is technically considered a long novelette, although it is almost as long as Sanderson’s novella. Apparently she usually writes Jane Austin style novels where the women are magic users. This story centers on a female priest (Katin) who commissions a ship to take her across the world to find the land of her ancestors. The first half is fairly academic with a focus on culture, but then it turns into a fairly tense action-adventure romp as she realizes that there was a reason her ancestors left this land. 4 stars.

“I.E.Demon” (Dan Wells): Short story by an author who writes young adult sci-fi and thrillers. This is a fast-paced and amusing military sci-fi story about testing a new “device” that destroys hidden explosives. That device is actually a demon, which escapes during the test drive and starts wreaking havoc. Enjoyable but maybe a little too lightweight, both in length and tone. 3.5 stars.

“An Honest Death” (Howard Taylor): Short story by an author who writes comedic sci-fi, and wow this was fantastic. More dry humor than outright funny, but the tone was perfect. I don’t want to go into details too much other than to say that it stars the bodyguard of the CEO of a pharmaceutical corporation. Potential health improvements that the company is researching may be grabbing the attention of Death. Short stories don’t get much better even if this story was a tease. 5 stars.

“Sixth of the Dusk” (Brandon Sanderson): This is barely long enough to be considered a novella. Once again, I don’t want to go into details, but it involves a world of archipelagos and birds that bestow psychic-like abilities on their handlers. I do want to point out that Brandon Sanderson has stated that he thrives with long novels and that shorter works are harder for him. This baffles me as this story, Shadows for Silence, The Emperor’s Soul, Defending Elysium, and even the Infinity Blade stories to a certain extent, prove that he is a master at writing novellas. 4.5 stars.

The entire collection averages out at 4.25 stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 and thoroughly enjoyed them. 7 juillet 2014
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Bought the hard back and ebook direct, not from Amazon (I wanted the signed edition). Have finished the ebook version - at least he 'final' version of the stories, and thoroughly enjoyed them.
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