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This isn't the worst book on writing that I've read,
but it's not even close to the best (which is John
Gardner's "The Art of Fiction.") The problems start
with the title, "A Memoir of The Craft." The memoir
section will be of interest only to King fans and of
no interest to anyone else. There is far too much
content devoted to Tabby (Mrs. King) and to pointless
details that have no bearing on anything, e.g. "we were
traveling to a WNBA game between Cleveland and..."[who
cares!!]and are quite typical of King's blow-hard style
here and elsewhere. The writing suggestions are okay
but not new and not particularly insightful. King cites
an editor who called an early story of his "too puffy."
That's a bulls-eye review of this book as well: too
much puff, not enough stuff. (He also mentions TWICE
that he ended his relationship with Viking because of
stupid argument about money. The same point repeated
in IDENTICAL language. I'm looking at you Mr. or Ms.
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Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.
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