harishasic wrote:I have read one of his books on writing. It seemed really full of good and applicable information. However I recently also read on Strange Horizons a review of his latest book Titan where the reviewer made some insightfull remarks about the writing of Bova being both in the past and shallow.
Bova does have a lot of Hugo's for editing. And some say he was or is among the best in the biz. So I would just use common sense and read it cum grano salis.
Domini wrote:I haven't read the Bova ones, but I have read Orson Scott Card's.
In regards to Card's, it depends on how far you are in learning how to write; I don't pick up how-to-write books as a matter of course, I prefer to just study what I read, both the good and the bad, and come to my own conclusions (heh, see all my topics here in the writing forums, my mind always does that), and by the time I got to Card's books I'd already gleaned much of what he he was saying (I just didn't realize it since I'd never sat down and made a list or anything before). So in that respect they weren't useful to *me*, but also I didn't *disagree* at all with them, I sort of went through the book nodding and going, "Yeah, I saw that. Yup, that's right. Eh, that's optional, but I see how it could work for some people."
I finally understood why it takes a year or more for the book to actually hit the shelves.
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